Carlos Santana asks Obama to legalize marijuana

April 6, 2009  |  9:35am
Carlos Santana is unhappy that President Obama is against legalizing marijuana. The guitar legend says that the money from a controlled, taxed crop could help jump-start the economy. 

During Obama's online town hall on March 26, he fielded a surprising question. The query, submitted to the White House's Open For Questions page, read: "With over one out of 10 Americans controlled by the penal system, why not legalize, control and tax marijuana to change the failed war on drugs into a money making, money saving boost to the economy? Do we really need that many victimless criminals?" The president responded with a joke, "I don't know what this says about the online audience." Then, more seriously, he replied, "The answer is, no, I don't think that is a good strategy to grow our economy." 

Santana disapproves of the president's flippant attitude toward the question. "Legalize marijuana and take all that money and invest it in teachers and in education," he said in an interview. "You will see a transformation in America."

The San Francisco resident added, "It's really way overdue, like the prohibition with the alcohol and stuff like that." He also managed to take a shot at California's actor-turned-governor, Arnold Shwartzenagrer, saying, "I really believe that as soon as we legalize and decriminalize marijuana, we can actually afford a really good governor who won't keep taking money away from education and from teachers and send him back to Hollywood where he can do 'D' movies and we can get an 'A' governor."

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