Slowly, states are legalizing marijuana to different degrees (full out legalization, medicinal, BSish medicinal). But many states remain reluctant due to the stigma around it. Here’s one thing that should solve their concerns.
In an interview with the New Yorker, President Barack Obama revealed a surprisingly direct assault at people trying to impede the progress of marijuana legalization, saying “[I]t’s important for [marijuana legalization] to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.”
His reasoning for legalization isn’t just because he wants equal opportunity for people to get baked across the U.S. Instead, it’s about equality for groups most likely to have marijuana arrests affect their lives.
“Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,” Obama continued. “African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties.”
But, more importantly, Obama himself has previously been outed as a pot smoker in the past — see the photo to the left — and, as a result, knows that smoking marijuana isn’t particularly likely to set someone’s life off track.
“As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid,” Obama said. “And I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
When you’ve got the President of the United States advocating about as strongly as a politician can for the legalization of marijuana, the odds of laws changing at a rapid pace doesn’t seem too far in the offing.
Spy on my emails all you want, Mr. President, just keep me high so I care a little less. Seems like a fair trade.