President Obama recently sat down with VICE founder and journalist wiz Shane Smith to talk shop and let the public know his thoughts on pressing issues. Chief amongst Smith’s talking points with President BHO was marijuana reform–a pressing issue that Smith says VICE’s readers ask about more than any other political or societal issue.
While Obama echoed his recent sentiments about imminent legalization and decriminalization, he also told the future leaders of America that marijuana reform pales in comparison to other political and societal issues.
“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.”
He’s not wrong: climate change, the economy, employment rates, and war are definitely important issues. But those are issues that have not placed Americans in jail for nearly a century for a plant now legal in four states and counting. Marijuana reform is just as if not more important than those aforementioned issues.
Because marijuana can solve those issues through its power to medically heal, create jobs, boost economies, and pacify aggression.
Watch the full interview here: