Penn Jillette delivered a righteous rant about the Obama administration’s policies on medical marijuana on a radio show recently. All the stuff about Obama trying to be hip is pointless spitballing, but there’s a very important point in the middle of this rant:
Do we believe, even for a second, that if Obama had been busted for marijuana — under the laws that he condones — would his life have been better? If Obama had been caught with the marijuana that he says he uses, and ‘maybe a little blow’… if he had been busted under his laws, he would have done hard fucking time. And if he had done time in prison, time in federal prison, time for his ‘weed’ and ‘a little blow,’ he would not be President of the United States of America. He would not have gone to his fancy-ass college, he would not have sold books that sold millions and millions of copies and made millions and millions of dollars, he would not have a beautiful, smart wife, he would not have a great job. He would have been in fucking prison, and it’s not a goddamn joke. People who smoke marijuana must be set free. It is insane to lock people up.
He’s absolutely right about that, and not just for marijuana. The war on drugs destroys lives, it destroys families, it corrupts our law enforcement system at every level, and it is helping bankrupt state and local governments.
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