In a series of interviews with The New Yorker, President Obama says smoking pot is no more dangerous than alcohol. His comments are drawing mixed response.

National Cannabis Leader Steve DeAngelo of Oakland's Harborside Health Center hopes it's a sign that marijuana will eventually be legalized.

"There's absolutely no question that the harm that results from keeping cannabis illegal far outweighs any potential damage that it might do," DeAngelo said. 

But private practice Doctor Tom Hopkins disagrees -- pointing to a myriad of issues.

"Problems with memory, the way people behave, their attitude, and, of course, those products can also contain chemicals that can cause cancer," Hopkins said. 

While opposed to recreational legalization, Hopkins supports medicinal use in appropriate situations.