Ask the White House: The War On Drugs Gets A Hearing

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As public voting closes on the online questions that Obama should answer in the East Room at 11:30 this morning, one thing is clear. Drug policy is a big issue for the online minions. The top questions in various categories follow below.

JOBS (7,486 votes): “What are your plans for the failing, “War on Drugs”, thats sucking money from tax payers and putting non-violent people in prison longer than the violent criminals?” — Matt B, West Bend, WI

BUDGET (7,855 votes): “With over 1 out of 30 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?” —Ryan Palmer, Dallas, TX

FINANCIAL STABILITY (5,543 votes): “Would you support the bill currently going through the California legislation to legalize and tax marijuana, boosting the economy and reducing drug cartel related violence?” –Anthony, Warrington, PA

GREEN JOBS AND ENERGY (7,019 votes): “Will you consider decriminalizing the recreational/medical use of marijuana(hemp) so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and a multi-billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?” –Green Machine, Winchester,Va

See all the questions here.