Obama Laughs Off Pot Legalization Talk at Town Hall Meeting

The president brushes off calls for legalizing marijuana at today's online town hall meeting.

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By John Aloysius Farrell, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

So. It turns out I'm not the only American who agrees with the expert opinion that the federal war on marijuana is a waste of resources.

If you can believe President Obama, of the 3.5 million people who tried to participate in his virtual town hall meeting today, many had marijuana on their mind.

Audacity—showing little—chose to brush it all off as a joke.

Here is the excerpt from the transcript:

We took votes about which questions were going to be asked and ... three point five million people voted. I have to say that there was one question that was voted on that ranked fairly high and that was whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy — (laughter) — and job creation. And I don't know what this says about the online audience — (laughter) — but I just want ... this was a fairly popular question; we want to make sure that it was answered. The answer is, no, I don't think that is a good strategy — (laughter) — to grow our economy. (Applause.)

We're going to need to work on him.

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