Q: “Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and create a billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?” S. Man, Denton
A: President-elect Obama is not in favor of the legalization of marijuana.
Next round goes up in a couple of days. My planned question:
The fact that a large portion of the questions last time focused on marijuana laws and the drug war means that these are important issues to people. A recent Zogby poll showed 76% of likely voters think the drug war is failing. Yet frank discussions are still difficult politically and opponents of current drug policies do not currently share an equitable space in major drug policy discussions. Will you appoint an independent, science-based blue-ribbon commission to look at all aspects of drug policy, including the economics of the drug war, and examining alternatives to prohibition?
If someone beats me to it, fine with me.