President Obama today took a stand: legalizing marijuana is NOT a good way to save our struggling economy. Why would he make an announcement like that? Apparently, it was of importance to a large number of participants in Obama's first-ever online economy townhall meeting today. He took questions all over the board, but paused to answer one that garnered a lot of interest-- if not just to turn around and shoot it down-- using humor to tell the story:
Obama: "We took votes about which questions were going to be asked, and... 3.5 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 and job creation.
And I don't know what this says about the online audience...
(LAUGHTER) ... but I just want -- I don't want people to think that -- 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 to grow our economy."