Penn Rages: 1 In 6 In Prison For Marijuana; Let The Marijuana People Go!

This is Moses to the Pharoah, and I say amen.

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A transcript excerpt:

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.

Not a goddamn joke. Like gay marriage, the president needs to get out in front of this before the election this year, punting marijuana drug enforcement to the states (so that progressive states like California can simply legalize marijuana and be done with this puritanical and intrusive nanny-statism).

Like with gay marriage, if Obama acts on this before he’s booted from office (I think he will be, unfortunately), something historical and good will have been accomplished.

I wish he’d do the same with psychedelics, by the way. But that’s an imagination liberation and civil liberties battle for a decade or two from now.

 

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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3 Responses to Penn Rages: 1 In 6 In Prison For Marijuana; Let The Marijuana People Go!

  1. Anonymous says:

    The sad thing is that Obama said he would let states set their own drug policy when he was campaigning.

  2. Paradigm says:

    I agree. Portugal has even legalized heavy drugs and teenagers are less inclined to use them now then when they were illegal. It’s very quiet in the media about that. In the long run legalization is inevitable, at least in the West. The costs of keeping it illegal is staggering.

    That said, there are two drugs that are very dangerous and should if not be illegal at least be taxed so heavily it will discourage people from using them – amphetamine and alcohol.

  3. David says:

    I am in complete agreement with Penn.This soon to be published book seems rather timely: http://www.buzzfeed.com/gavon/a-users-guide-to-smoking-pot-with-barack-obama.

    The fact is, the Attorney General can reschedule marijuana at any time, even removing it entirely from the list of controlled substances. No act of congress or votes required. Don’t see that happening anytime soon, however.

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