Obama won't "go after" states for legalizing marijuana

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President Barack Obama says he won't go after Washington state and Colorado for legalizing marijuana.

In an interview with Barbara Walters, Obama was asked whether he supports making pot legal. He said, "I wouldn't go that far."

But the president won't pursue the issue in the states where voters legalized the use of marijuana in the November elections. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

"It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view" to focus on drug use in states where it is now legal, the president said.

Marijuana officially became legal in Washington state last week; it becomes legal in Colorado next month.