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Marijuana Is Debated Following President's Surprising Comments

Marijuana use is being debated Monday, after President Obama gave his two cents on the matter in an interview Sunday.

Obama was quoted as saying he's not convinced pot is "more dangerous than alcohol."

Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

Obama said on Sunday that while he doesn't encourage the use of marijuana, he feels it's important to allow the recent legalization in those states to proceed.

Here in the East, the statements raised the question of health. Is smoking marijuana harmful?

Greenville residents we spoke with were torn.

We also spoke with Greenville Physician Bruce McCrea, who said pot can have a negative impact on the body.

McCrea said, "Some of the issues with smoking marijuana could be that it increases heart rate, and it could cause heart palpitations which has an increased risk of cardiovascular problems as far as heart attacks. It also has an effect as far as your lungs are concerned. It could cause an increase of production of phlegm."

In Sunday's interview, the President also said, "I've told my daughters I think it's a bad idea, a waste of time and not very healthy."


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