Obama: Pot Legalization Shouldn't Be 'Youngest People's Biggest Priority'

by
Hana LaRock
President Obama tells Vice that there are bigger issues to tackle than marijuana legalization.

VICE news has a reputation for getting up close and personal to news stories that spark controversy, awareness, and curiosity among viewers.

The founders have gone into North Korea, the border between Pakistan and India, and into the West Bank of Israel.

Now, VICE has stayed state-side, as founder Shane Smith invites President Barack Obama for a personal interview.

Smith tells Obama how they asked their viewers to come up with questions they wanted answered.

Throughout the interview, we see another side of Obama as Smith asks him some of these questions.

The two have a nice dialogue, where they discuss issues of environment, foreign policy, and even marijuana legalization.

On marijuana legalization, Obama gave an unfavorable message to America's younger generation.

“First of all, it shouldn’t be young people’s biggest priority,” Obama said in the interview. “Young people: I understand this is important to you, but as you be thinking about climate change, the economy and jobs, war and peace, maybe way at the bottom you should be thinking about marijuana."

Obama has long been supportive of decriminalizing marijuana but not necessarily legalizing the drug.

"There is a legitimate, I think, concern about the overall effect this [substance abuse and marijuana] has on society, particularly on vulnerable parts of our society,” he said.

Obama also talks about his own personal issues. How he's learned to ignore the criticism he gets, and how his daughters are more well aware of environmental concerns than his generation ever was.

Watch to see the interesting points he talks about.

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