It’s one thing for criminal defense lawyers, or young people, or liberals to call for the decriminalization of pot, but when conservative evangelical preacher Pat Robertson spoke out for legalization of marijuana, the drug warriors when ballistic. If Robertson doesn’t believe in locking up non-violent pot-heads, who can the pot warriors depend on?
Robertson is the original TV evangelist, and a major voice of the Christian Right. He has called for the legalization of marijuana, saying that it should be regulated like alcohol and cigarettes. Pretty reasonable proposals, but not for the drug warriors, who when apoplectic.
Today the drug warriors brought out their big gun, Joe Califano. Califano is the former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. Now he runs an anti drug outfit, the National Center on Addiction at Columbia University and has written 12 mind-numbing books, his most recent How To Raise A Drug Free Kid—The Straight Dope for Parents.
All 12 books have the same plot: Califano’s a drug abuse genius, and the rest of us are dopes. The reason young people use drugs is not because they face real problems, but because we parents are too permissive. Joe, give me a break. If drug abuse solutions were that easy, we wouldn’t need 12 ghost-written celebrity books telling us how.
In todays’ Washington Post, Califano really lets loose, claiming that pot users commit “murder, rape and aggravated assault, when high.” Decriminalizing marijuana, Califano claims, would lead to more crime, because violent pot-heads would go on a crime spree. Now smoking too much pot can make you lazy, unmotivated, or unproductive, but murder, rape and aggravated assault? Joe, give me a break.
What Robertson has done is to put the fear of god in the hearts of the drug warriors. If evangelicals ever join with liberals in support of decriminalization, the end is near.
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