Show of hands: Who has smoked weed?
Terry Frank takes issue with the Marijuana Policy Project [I bet they don’t get much done – ed.] and their new ad campaign:
A potentially controversial new ad campaign from the Marijuana Policy Project names prominent public officials, including President George W. Bush, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Vice President Al Gore, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as having admitted to using marijuana. The ad then asks, “Is it fair to arrest three quarters of a million people a year for doing what presidents and a Supreme Court justice have done?”
In comments, Terry expands:
I think the point they makers of the ad are trying to make is that all these great leaders used the drug.
If they still used it, there might be a point. But they no longer do, in fact, I think a couple of them just said they only “tried” it.
The ad is using faulty logic in my opinion because they are trying to say great people use pot so pot must be great.
I disagree. I think what they’re saying is that people (even successful and powerful people) have had youthful indiscretions. Who hasn’t? The difference between the folks highlighted in the ad is that they weren’t caught. And, of course, that they didn’t take 10 rounds of 9mm to their chest for possessing less than an ounce of weed.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying weed is all that. Heck, I don’t even smoke it and can count the number of times I’ve experimented with it on my fingers. That doesn’t make me any more or less a person. It just means I’m a person, like most in the country, who has smoked weed. It’s not quite the stigma it once was.