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Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is the only presidential candidate among the four leading hopefuls to support the decriminalization of marijuana laws.
Four years ago, according to The Washington Times, Obama told students at Northwestern University that while he doesn’t believe in the legalization of marijuana, he supports eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use or possession. But during a nationally televised presidential debate last fall, Obama raised his hand in opposition to decriminalizing marijuana.
When questioned about the inconsistency of his answers, Obama’s campaign said he has always supported decriminalizing marijuana.