03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Student To Obama: Legalize Drugs To Help Economy (VIDEO)

Here's one job-creating strategy President Barack Obama isn't considering.

Obama just said no to a suggestion from a Pennsylvania college student that he consider legalizing nonviolent crimes, including gambling and drugs, to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

"I really appreciate how you're trying to stimulate the economy," the student said. "Maybe, if you checked out some of the statistics about legalizing prostitution, gambling, drugs and non-violent crime in order to stimulate some of the economy."

Obama told the student at a forum in Allentown, Pa., on Friday that he appreciated the "boldness" of the idea. And he said the young man was doing just what college students are supposed to do -- "question conventional wisdom."

But he says the student's suggestion is not one he's going to follow. "That will not be my jobs strategy," he said.

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