Reader: Here's Why Legal Pot Should Be a Priority No Matter What Obama Says

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In a recent post, we noted that President Barack Obama was critical of youth who said marijuana legalization was their top priority.

"Young people, I understand this is important to you. But you should be thinking about climate change, the economy, jobs, war and peace," he said. "Maybe way at the bottom, you should be thinking about marijuana."

This stance got a lot of readers talking. Some agreed, others were critical of Obama himself, and additional readers disagreed with his point.

Here's a member of the latter group.

Jason Wagner writes:

Considering one's life can be completely ruined by a small amount of cannabis, it seems like a really important priority. How many champions of the other issues he mentions are sitting in jail for the next 10-20 years?

Plus the war on drugs is a massive drain of money and resources. Legalizing and regulating drugs would have a massive effect on the economy.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.For more memorable takes, visit our Comment of the Day archive.

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