"The View" Talks Marijuana
The ladies of "The View" had a discussion with President Obama about the marijuana policy. Earlier this week, Obama claimed that the nations youth should not be as concerned about marijuana as they are. The President told Shane Smith of VICE, "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.”
The ladies of the view, however, disagree. Whoopi Goldberg offered her statement, saying that our youth should be concerned with what Obama suggested as well as legalizing cannabis. "I'm not sure I agree because, if you legalize it, it becomes something that grows an economy, as we've seen it do in other places. So I think young people should be concerned about all of these things. But this is another way that the economy can be grown." Goldberg makes a valid point in that being concerned about legalizing marijuana in turn does make the youth concerned about the economy, jobs and peace.
Co-host Rosie Perez offered her opinion as well, saying, "I thought that he didn't give a lot of young people enough credit in regards to their knowledge about the legalization around marijuana because it does include the economics. It also includes the crime in this country and the crime abroad. And it will decrease a lot. And I think that it's a very important issue because if you look at the states that have legalized it, their economy is booming."
Legalizing marijuana is not about making a drug more readily available to adults. "And also it will create jobs because it's not just about selling weed, like, 'Ooh, I got a joint, I got an ounce, you wanna buy?' No. There are other businesses surrounding the legalization of marijuana," Rosie continued. However, despite these opinions and facts, Obama has yet to have moved marijuana from a Schedule I to Schedule II drug. Nicole Wallace, co-host of The View and former White House director of communications under President George W. Bush, stated, "Young people -- and he should know because a lot of them voted for him... Young people vote in shameful numbers. They barely vote. I don't even think 20% of people under 24 vote, and their number one issue by a mile is legalization of pot. Young people will have no political power in this country if they only vote on pot."