I saw on I think The Daily Show that a lot of STATES are putting pot laws on the ballot, and it’s basically being seen as a way to get young people out to vote. TDS compared it to glut of same-sex-marriage issues on ballots in … 2006? 2008?
Anyway this would mean it’s just democrats in states getting the issue on the ballot, for their states, as a way to motivate people to show up at the polls. And when they do they’ll most likely vote for Obama.
So it benefits Obama’s campaign, and I can see how it ends up being mis-construed as something that his office is doing but in reality it’s got nothing to do with federal law and everything to do with states and state democrats.