A man lights up a marijuana joint at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 20, 2010. Marijuana legalization advocates lit up across the country during the annual observance of 4/20, the celebration-cum-mass civil disobedience derived from "420" - insider shorthand for cannabis consumption. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he won’t go after Washington state and Colorado for legalizing marijuana.

In a Barbara Walters interview airing Friday on ABC, Obama is asked whether he supports making pot legal. He says, “I wouldn’t go that far.”

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

Obama says, “It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view” to focus on drug use in states where it is now legal.

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

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