For the record: Obama won't legalize (and tax) pot to fix the economy - Macleans.ca

For the record: Obama won’t legalize (and tax) pot to fix the economy

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Today the president held an “on-line town hall.”

According to the White House, over the past two days more than 92,000 people submitted more than 100,000 questions to Obama and cast over 3.5 million votes to determine which ones he should answer.

The purpose of the exercise is part PR and part to keep the president connected to what is on Americans’ minds. Most questions had to do with the economy.

He asked, they answered:

Obama: “I have to say that there was one question that was voted on that ranked fairly highly, 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… 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. So. All right.”


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