President Obama to Youth: Focus on other issues instead of marijuana

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VICE founder Shane Smith interviews President Barack Obama, discussing a host of issues important to Americans, from foreign policy and marijuana legalization to global warming and political gridlock.

In the interview, the President covered many topics including political tensions, climate change and foreign policy. According to Smith, “Our number one question from everyone on the internet was, and this might seem flippant, but war on drugs with too many people in prisons, like we said, hurting education. States are legalizing marijuana, it seems like an inevitability…

For young people, I’m sorry, but if you legalize marijuana, it would the biggest part of your legacy. So, what are your thoughts on that?”

President Obama: “Well, 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.”

 

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