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They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part LIX

Penn Jillette thinks it's crazy to lock people up for pot.
Penn Jillette thinks it’s crazy to lock people up for pot.

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 f*cking 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-a** 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 f*cking prison, and it’s not a god damn joke. People who smoke marijuana must be set free. It is insane to lock people up.

Penn Jillette

Who doesn’t love Penn Jillette? The guy is funny. The guy is smart. The guy is honest.

So when Penn Jillette rants about imprisoning people for pot, we should listen, especially because he is right. It isn’t fair to lock people up for marijuana, especially now when it is legal in some states but not in others.

Can’t we all just agree on this?

3 responses to “They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part LIX”

  1. Absolutly ridiculous to criminalize the use of nature — a plant that has so many healing properties. I freely admit I was arrested for medicating myself after 20+ years of limited success with pharmaceuticals. It’s not like I didn’t try that route first. The sickest part of my “crime” was that my actions were perfectly legal in other states. What kind of insanity is that? There is no shame in using nature as medicine. The shame is on the people who create and maintain a system that criminalizes people like me.

  2. Preach it. There is a double standard beyond Obama’s as well because those privileged enough to have strong legal counsel do have a chance to walk away from a drug arrest relatively unscathed. Those who don’t have a good criminal defense attorney, or worse, get railroaded pro se, can’t undo the damage later when they may have the resources and need for a clean criminal record. Prohibition needs to end.

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