In a recent interview, The President of the United States stated in that the youth of America need to stop focusing on the legalisation of marijuana, and instead think about climate change and other, more pressing issues.
In an interview with VICE’s Shane Smith, Obama said:
“First of all, it shouldn’t be young people’s biggest priority. Let’s put it in perspective. Young people, I understand this is important to you, but you should be thinking about climate change, the economy, jobs, war and peace. Maybe way at the bottom you should be thinking about marijuana.”
President Obama also believes that if more and more states proceed to legalize marijuana, congress may be more tempted to reschedule its status. Obama predicts that more states will start to look into marijuana legalisation, suggesting that if they did take the policy into their own hands, then the Department of Justice won’t be the ones to stop them.
“You’re starting to see not just liberal Democrats, but also some very conservative Republicans, recognize this doesn’t make sense, including the libertarian wing of the Republican Party,” that one guy said. “So we may be able to make some progress on the decriminalization side.”
Still, he insists that marijuana legalization isn’t the answer – at least not to all or most current problems, or those related to drug abuse and addiction. If you were to overstate the positive effects of marijuana legalization, then that would imply that legalizing cocaine, meth and heroin would be a good idea as well.
Those words sound a little like hedging your bets, not going so far into pro-legalization that he alienates more conservative supporters. And intelligent people took issue with it.
“Marijuana should not be compared to meth, heroin, crack, or any other similar drug seeing as these substances are killing people and ruining lives in record numbers,” Anthony Franciosi, founder of Ant’s Organic, told The Daily Caller. “Marijuana is an uplifting force in our country through jobs, tax revenue, and compassionate care. To call legalization a “panacea” brings about the question: ‘What is the problem with the current policy?’ I think the problem is not allowing access to marijuana to sick people whose quality of life can be greatly impacted by this very powerful natural medicine. So in some sense legalization is a solution.”