Published on October 1st, 20120
Will pot laws go up in smoke?
Steve Chapman the writer and columnist for the Chicago Tribune writes about the politics of marijuana.
Judging from recent history, any young person who aspires to be president should be aware that certain attributes seem to be critical. You have to be male. You have to have an Ivy League degree. You have to have been a governor or senator. And, don’t forget, you have to have smoked marijuana.
That is something all the presidents in the past 20 years have in common. Bill Clinton admitted it, while claiming he didn’t inhale. George W. Bush refused to deny getting stoned, saying, “When I was young and irresponsible, I was young and irresponsible.”
Barack Obama said, “When I was a kid, I inhaled. That was the point.” Presumably, Mitt Romney never did, and who knows? Maybe he’d be ahead in the polls if he had — though, he might note, it’s never too late.
Logicians will quarrel with my reasoning, arguing that drug use did not propel these men to high office. That’s true. But it obviously didn’t hinder them.
For decades, champions of the drug war have trumpeted the dire risks of marijuana. But millions of Americans have used and even enjoyed it — nearly 100 million, in fact. Most of them have gone on to lead responsible, well-adjusted lives.
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