During a recent online town hall meeting President Obama seemed to brush off a question about the legalization of marijuana. When asked whether or not legalizing and taxing pot sales could help pull the country out of economic crisis, Obama chuckled and responded that he didn't think it was "good economic policy." He then joked, "I don't know what this says about the online audience." Zing!
But legendary rocker Carlos Santana publicly implored the President to take the inquiry more seriously. In an interview this week, Santana suggested that Obama, "Legalize marijuana and take all that money and invest it in teachers and in education. You will see a transformation in America."
Taking a page out of the Wall Street journal editorial written by Mexico's former president Ernesto Zedillo, former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and former Colombian president César Gaviria, Santana urged the President to seriously consider the possibility of legalization.
"I really believe that as soon as we legalize and decriminalize marijuana we can actually afford a really good governor who won't keep taking money away from education and from teachers," the guitar hero continued, "Send him back to Hollywood where he can do 'D' movies and we can get an 'A' governor," referring to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of whom he is apparently not a big fan.
Santana feels making pot legal is "really way overdue, like the prohibition with the alcohol."
Tell us: Could legalizing marijuana help pull us out of this economic crisis? Do you think pot should be illegal?