Friday, June 18, 2004
Rich and famous come out for cannabis

Some of the names won't surprise you. I mean, who wouldn't expect that Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson or Louis Armstrong smoked pot? But Newt Gingrich? World renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead? There's a sea change in the air these days around cannabis. Even as we poor and unknown folks are standing up to be counted in the ranks of responsible cannabis consumers, so are a wide spectrum of celebrities coming forward to say it's time to end the war on our plant.

Rodney Dangerfield has been a consumer for half a century. Montel Williams swears to its medicinal properties. Michelle Phillips, Bill Maher, Jesse Ventura, Dr. Andrew Weil, and former US Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders sit on the board of the Marijuana Policy Project. And putting the lie that cannabis use permanently impairs your intellectual processes to rest, noted scientists Richard Feynman and Carl Sagan admit their use. Sagan even said it inspired his work. New York City Mayor Bloomberg says he smoked it and enjoyed it.

These are only a few of those profiled on Very Important Potheads. Can this many accomplished citizens be wrong? Larry Hagman in his autobiography says it all.

Hagman writes, "Why that stuff should be illegal is beyond me. It's so benign compared to alcohol. When you come right down to it, alcohol destroys your body and makes you do violent things. With grass you sit back and enjoy life."

Amen. It's long past time for our government to stop stuffing our prisons with responsible cannabis consumers and show us all some respect.


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