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John Fugelsang:Next month the great Willie Nelson turns 80, so I sure hope somebody warns him that marijuana is the gateway to heroin before it’s too late. Some people say Willie has a marijuana problem; I prefer to say he has a marijuana practice. But it was three years ago that Willie was arrested in Texas for possession of six ounces of pot. God, who produces it naturally across the globe, remains at large.
But I thought of Willie when that new Pew poll came out that shows for the first time in U.S. history a majority of Americans — 52 percent — favor marijuana legalization.
Actually, I should call it cannabis decriminalization.
Because cannabis is the actual name of the plant; back in the ’30s when DuPont Chemical and William Randolph Hearst wanted to make the hemp plant illegal, they decided to use the Spanish term for cannabis to take advantage of anti-Mexican racism. And it worked.
And I should call it decriminalization instead of legalization, because that’s really what it is — the criminalizing is a relatively recent phenomenon. In colonial days, cannabis was used as a painkiller. Back then, the biggest drug problem was the same as today: alcohol. Washington grew hemp at Mount Vernon. Jefferson grew it too. Nowadays we would lock them up, if we ever locked up rich white guys for pot. It was as American as apple pie back then. And everybody knew if you smoked that flowery top part of the hemp plant, you’d want to eat a lot of apple pie.
Our first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln, once wrote to the president of the Hohner Harmonica Company, “Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp and playing my Hohner harmonica.” And that poor guy deserved all the recreation he could get.
So this poll doesn’t really mean America’s getting more liberal — because technically, legal cannabis is the conservative point of view.
Now, over the years we’ve all grown up with the traditional propaganda about pot: how it makes you violent and lazy. To me, making violent people lazy is the only crime prevention plan that works. But more and more Americans have come to realize that cannabis has never really caused any murders — indeed, it may have prevented quite a few.
And with the national and state economies still struggling it looks like cannabis might be the one of the safest areas for investment. Next to tattoo removal — that’s going to be huge.
The question is, will we ever see a U.S. president take the lead on the issue and risk doing the right thing, even if it means going down in history as President Spliff?
Now our last three presidents — Obama, Bush and Clinton — have all been vague to honest about their usage of cannabis when they were younger. But the thing is, these three guys have had no problem locking people up in cages for doing the same thing they did. Now if these presidents really believed pot was evil, they would surrender themselves to the local authorities. If they thought it was a sin, they’d turn themselves in.
Because even if you don’t like pot — and we’ve all had that roommate — the drug war violates civil liberties and privacy rights. It shows the rich get away with things the poor can’t. Big pharma certainly doesn’t want to see pot legalized, and in the era of big-money, privatized prisons, we do need a steady flow of people sent to jail for using a flower that existed in North America long before white people ever got here.
So think about that the next time you’re watching TV news and hear about people getting locked up for evil, illegal, mood-altering drugs — before they cut to TV commercials for all those legal, taxable, mood-altering drugs.
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