Marijuana, treatment groups react to President's message on pot

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -. Both sides said President Obama's statement should spark a larger conversation about marijuana - its benefits and its dangers, and the reality of how prevalent the use is.

"Even using (marijuana) casually or recreationally still creates harm to the body and still harms the brain," said Adam Brickner with the Phoenix Center, a Greenville-based drug treatment center.

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Local groups are reacting to President Barack Obama's statements made about marijuana in a recent magazine interview.
President Obama told The New Yorker, "As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person through a big chunk of my adult life. I don't think it's more dangerous than alcohol."

Supporters for reform of marijuana laws are lauding his statements as a "game-changer" in the effort to relax criminal prosecution of marijuana cases.
"I do think it'll open more eyes and make the conversation go deeper," said Sharon Ravert, executive director of Peachtree NORML, a Georgia-based marijuana law reform group.

Meanwhile, drug treatment specialists said the statements range anywhere from downplayed to dangerous, adding that alcohol is a dangerous substance.
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