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I’m in favor of this becoming a trend among far right conservative politicians; we just might see a big attitude improvement: Tom Tancredo to Smoke Pot.
Tancredo, who supported the marijuana reform proposal but said he did not partake in drugs himself, made a bet in a promotional film advocating its passage that he would nonetheless smoke pot if it ended up becoming law. Since it passed, he told Fox News he will uphold his end of the bargain:
“Look, I made a bet with the producer of the film that if Amendment 64 passed ( I did not think it would) that I would smoke pot,” he said through his research and education institute, the Rocky Mountain Foundation. “I will therefore smoke pot under circumstances we both agree are legal under Colorado law. Hey, it’s better than having to do a stupid dance as (Denver) Mayor (Michael) Hancock must perform as a result of losing a bet on the Broncos beating the Ravens.”
Dude … did you know that marijuana has been legalized in the state of Washington? Tommy Chong gives his perspective from years of experience: As Two States Legalize Pot, Tommy Chong Isn’t Nostalgic About the Old Days.
With Washington state set to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana just after midnight tonight, and Colorado set to decriminalize pot next month, All Things Considered today turned to “stoner” comic Tommy Chong to get his perspective.
Needless to say, the half Asian half of Cheech and Chong is very happy. He’s planning to move to both states, Chong joked.
And he’s not worried that some of the fun of the stoner humor he and Cheech Marin pioneered in the ’70s is going to be gone.
“Going to jail [as he has] and being arrested by cops and being hassled … is never fun,” he said. “There’s nothing glamorous … that we’re going to miss.”
It’s too close to call yet, but if Ron Paul wins tonight, Iowa evangelicals will have voted to legalize pot.
So far today, the Earth hasn’t reversed its direction of spin, the magnetic poles haven’t changed places, and cats and dogs haven’t started living together, but Pat Robertson did come out in favor of legalizing marijuana.
Here’s some major news from California, as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signs a measure decriminalizing the devil weed.
(10-01) 16:49 PDT Sacramento — Citing the need to reduce spending on prosecution and courts, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a measure that makes marijuana possession an infraction, on par with traffic and littering tickets.
The Republican governor’s unexpected support for the measure comes one month before voters decide whether to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana in California.
“In this time of drastic budget cuts, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement and the courts cannot afford to expend limited resources prosecuting a crime that carries the same punishment as a traffic ticket,” wrote Schwarzenegger, who opposes Proposition 19, the marijuana initiative.
The law, which takes effect immediately, reduces possession of up to an ounce of marijuana - about the amount that will fit in a sandwich-size bag - from a misdemeanor to an infraction. Already, marijuana possession was the only misdemeanor under California law that didn’t allow for jail time.
But the measure by State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, eliminates the need for police to book people caught with marijuana and for courts to hold jury trials on the matter. Those caught with the drug would not get a conviction of their criminal record.
By the way, Sarah Palin is (or was) a pot smoker. And she thinks marijuana is “a minimal problem.”
Nope, not kidding. You think I could make up something like this? About 13 minutes into this clip from (where else?) Judge Napolitano’s “Freedom Watch.”
Palin represents the new far right breed of fundamentalist Christian social conservative stoner libertarians. Oh my aching head.
So let’s try a non-controversial subject for a change.
Like legalizing marijuana.
Carlos Santana is in favor of it. Doesn’t that count? (I’m kidding, of course.)
The US is currently spending more than $10 billion every year trying to stop people from consuming marijuana, and getting absolutely nowhere. Is it time to make it legal—prohibit kids from buying it, but tax it for adults? Some people estimate that California alone could rake in more than $15 billion annually if that happened.
UPDATE at 4/5/09 8:40:48 pm:
Here’s Penn Jillette’s take: