Don't Worry About Pot Legalization, Says Former Pothead
In an interview with Barack Obama, VICE News founder Shane Smith asked the president if he would legalize marijuana. “For young people, I’m sorry, but if you legalized marijuana it would be the biggest part of your legacy,” Smith lobbied. “So what are your thoughts on that?” You’d think the president with first hand experience with weed would figure it was a good time as any to win the approval of young potheads everywhere. But he rebuked the idea, surprisingly, telling young people to get their heads out of their smoke clouds and start caring about civics. “First of all, it shouldn’t be young people’s biggest priority. … So let’s put it in perspective,” Obama said. “Young people, I understand this is important to you, but you should be paying attention to climate change, the economy, jobs, war and peace. Maybe way at the bottom you should be worrying about marijuana.” Admittedly, this is good advice, but his statement shows just how out of touch Obama is with young people. What would Obama of today say to the Obama in college, who was puffing on his illegal joints?