06/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Schwarzenegger is Way Ahead of Obama on Marijuana Issue

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Tuesday "it's time for a debate" about whether or not it should be legal to buy, sell and smoke pot for any reason. The Sacramento Bee reports:

"Schwarzenegger was at a fire safety event in Davis when he answered a question about a recent Field Poll showing 56 percent of registered voters support legalizing and taxing marijuana to raise revenue for cash-strapped California."

Given that U.S. senators, state legislators, The New York Times, Time magazine, scholars and thousands of law enforcement professionals are now thoughtfully assessing the costs and benefits of drug prohibition, it seems odd that our hip, young, president is afraid to address the issue seriously.

Will Obama be the very last person in the country to join the discussion, or just one of the last?

Jeff Norman blogs at