The White House declined Tuesday to comment on a report that a onetime potential Obama surgeon general candidate has changed his mind about the use of medical marijuana.
CNN's chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, whose name had been floated as a potential appointee during Obama's first term, recently changed his mind on the use of marijuana, writing on CNN that he has "come to the realization that it is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve marijuana."
But White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said he hadn't seen the column, "so it's hard for me to comment on it at this point."
The administration's stance on legalization is being viewed closely by advocacy groups -- and a couple of states. Washington state and Colorado voted in November to legalize marijuana, but pot advocates say it will be impossible for them to tax and sell the drug next year if the U.S. government doesn’t give them a pass on violating federal laws.