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12/07/2012 05:22 pm ET Updated Dec 07, 2012

Alberto Gonzales, Former Bush Attorney General, Says He's 'OK' With People Getting High Legally

Alberto Gonzales, the former attorney general who served under George W. Bush, doesn't seem to have a problem if people in Washington and Colorado want to get high.

Speaking to CNN's Ashleigh Banfield on Friday, Gonzales said that he's "okay" with people legally smoking marijuana.

"Well, from my own perspective, if in fact the people in Colorado and Washington state want to smoke marijuana and it doesn't affect me, as a general matter, I'd say okay," he said.

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However, Gonzales quickly added the caveat that his view is "putting aside that we have a federal law" that prohibits the use of marijuana. Marijuana, along with heroin, peyote, and mescaline, among many other drugs, is considered a Schedule I controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

During the interview, Gonzales also said he would never want his federal tax dollars to go to medical care for those who may have health issues related to "prolonged marijuana use."

In November, voters in both Colorado and Washington voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana. The new law went into effect in Washington on Thursday, but it may be another month before it's legal in Colorado, according to The Denver Post.

On Thursday, the New York Times reported that officials from the Justice Department and the White House are weighing legal action against Washington and Colorado.

Gonzales served for 2 1/2 years during Bush's second term. He resigned in 2007 after coming under scrutiny for his involvement in a government wiretapping program and for his role in the dismissal of United States attorneys.

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