This may be the best piece Dave Wiegel has ever written.
I know I’ve ranted about this before, but Marcus and Brooks are just echoing the same bullshit kids my age heard about pot when they were growing up from D.A.R.E., which may have been the most ineffective organization ever. As I have said before, going into schools and telling kids that if they smoke pot they are going to kill their family or jump out of windows or become a bum is a great strategy if you believe in fear appeals. The problem is it takes exactly one joint and a few kids smoking said joint, experiencing a mild euphoric high and listening to Frampton Comes Alive while guzzling Jolt and playing D&D to figure out that everyone in authority is completely and totally full of shit.
The other thing that drives me crazy about this “debate,” such that it is, is that no one ever discusses why people smoke pot. Here is a pro-tip- they smoke pot for the same reason damned near every Senator is knocking back a couple scotches in a posh DC restaurant. It feels good. It relaxes them. It helps them unwind. And it’s safer than scotch. And if we weren’t a society of insane busybodies and godbotherers, weed would be CHEAPER than scotch by a wide margin. It is, after all, a weed. The shit grows wild like crazy in downstate WV to the point that the National Guard hires soldiers in the summer to go down state on weed eradication missions. There’s money well spent.
Just idiocy all around, and kudo’s to Weigel for point that out.