Looks like Obamaâ€™s â€œgreen initiativesâ€ wonâ€™t include legalizing marijuana. Today, he shot down the idea.
In a statement that’s sure to disappoint many of those who submitted questions to President Obama’s virtual town hall meeting, the president made clear Thursday he does not support legalizing marijuana as a means to spur economic growth.
“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,” Obama said off-handedly at the town hall. “I don’t know what that says about the online audience.”
“The answer is no, I do not think that is a good strategy to grow our economy,” Obama said to laughter from the town hall participants.
I expect, someday, a major politician in power will support legalizing marijuana, but itâ€™s clearly too soon for such a move by a sitting president. Thatâ€™s one green lobby which is just going to have to wait.