When Rand Paul is being the most reasonable person in your political party…

I don’t smoke pot.  However, I know someone who is most certainly not me who has done so in the past.  He said it made him lethargic and that it wasn’t a whole lot of fun.  And despite delving into the treacherous underworld of narcotics, he turned out to be a pretty decent dude (in my not so humble opinion).

Then there was this other guy from Chicago who admitted to smoking pot and to even trying cocaine.  I hear he turned out to be President.

And didn’t that guy from Texas use pot and cocaine too?  I mean, he lied about it, but that’s what you do when you’re running for President, isn’t it?  You lie about things.

I guess the point is that lots of people try drugs and most of them don’t wind up harming anybody.  They’re not criminals, they just don’t buy into all the misinformation and want to see for themselves what drugs are like.  Sometimes they wind up harming a nation (see the guy from Texas), but I don’t think that was the fault of the drugs.  Anyway, Rand Paul said something reasonable about this the other day.  Here’s the proof:

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Paul said that even the last two presidents used drugs at some point. “Look, the last two presidents could have conceivably been put in jail for their drug use and I really think – look what would’ve happened, it would’ve ruined their lives,” he said. “They got lucky. But a lot of poor kids, particularly in the inner city, don’t get lucky and they don’t have good attorneys and they go to jail for some of these things and I think it’s a big mistake.”

This is a strange new world.  If the GOP continues along this route, and if people continue to leave religion at their current rates, I may just get to retire early.  w00t!  More time to sit around and not smoke pot.

Speaking of which, while that first person who is absolutely not me doesn’t smoke pot, he has done a number of different drugs in his life.  He’s the curious sort, that guy.  Most of them were a lot of fun, far better than alcohol.  He thinks it’s a pity that drugs like marijuana, LSD, and mushrooms are illegal.  At least he has the experience to make an informed decision.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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