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Obama: Marijuana is Not a Good Economic Route for Recovery

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In today's online town hall meeting with President Barack Obama, possible questions were voted on by millions of Americans. Overwhelmingly, and not surprisingly, one of the most popular questions was in regards to marijuana and the economy. "I don't know what this says about the online audience," Obama remarked, adding "no, I don't think that's a good strategy to grow our economy." Jack Cole, the executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), said in response, via the Huffington Post, that "it would be an enormous economic stimulus if we stopped wasting so much money arresting and locking people up for nonviolent drug offenses and instead brought in new tax revenue from legal sales, just as we did when ended alcohol prohibition 75 years ago during the Great Depression."