Attorney General Eric Holder testifies Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (J. Scott Applewhite, The Associated Press)

AG Eric Holder responds to President Obama’s marijuana comments

Did President Barack Obama know how far his New Yorker comments on marijuana would reach? Surely the leader of the free world knew his seemingly casual comments would make international headlines.

“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life,” Obama told the New Yorker. “I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

And now U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is being asked to respond to Obama’s comments.

Senator Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., questioned Holder on Wednesday during a Senate hearing on the Obama administration’s marijuana policy — asking if the attorney general agreed with Obama’s feelings about pot.

“I think that the use of any drug is potentially harmful. Included in that would be alcohol,” Holder said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “I think that any drug used in an inappropriate way can be harmful and alcohol is among those.”