Bill Maher on The Greening of America

Jun 11, 2013

It’s a brave new pot­head world. Until fairly recently, even a year ago, I would not have guessed that we would be at the place we are now – with 18 states legal­iz­ing med­ical mar­i­juana and, accord­ing to one recent poll, a whop­ping 85 per­cent of the nation sup­port­ing med­ical use. For all our polit­i­cal ran­cor, it turns out, what ulti­mately unites us is pot. Weed is one of the few things that both hill­bil­lies and hip­pies like. Rap­pers smoke pot, and coun­try artists smoke pot. There’s just as much pot on Willie Nelson’s tour bus as there is on Snoop Dogg’s tour bus. Mar­i­juana is bridg­ing the red and blue divide and becom­ing a pur­ple issue. For those who worry that we will become a nation that sits on the couch eat­ing Chee­tos all day, relax. Smok­ing pot does not equal lazi­ness. Weed was some­thing I could always jus­tify because it excited my brain. Some peo­ple it puts to sleep, oth­ers it turns para­noid. Some it makes cre­ative, and we’re the lucky ones, because if it has done any dam­age to us, at least we have a receipt. I’ve got­ten a lot of good ideas from pot. Includ­ing smoke more pot. Legal­iza­tion is another one of those issues, like gay mar­riage, that dri­ves the Tea Bag peo­ple crazy. That Leave It to Beaver black-and-white 1950s image that Mitt Rom­ney fit into so well is going away, and one big rea­son is mar­i­juana. Bill Clin­ton once said, “If you look back on the Six­ties and think there was more good than harm, you’re prob­a­bly a Demo­c­rat. If you think there was more harm than good, you’re prob­a­bly a Repub­li­can.” Well, for those peo­ple who loved the Fifties, pot played a huge role in the cul­tural rev­o­lu­tion that they detest. The Next Seven States to Legal­ize Pot: http://​www​.cannabis​news​.org/​t​h​e​-​n​e​x​t​-​s​e​v​e​n​-​s​t​a​t​e​s​-​t​o​-​l​e​g​a​l​i​z​e​-​p​o​t​/​2​0​1​2​/​1​2​/​20/ Repub­li­cans have always been an uneasy alliance of Jesus freaks, gun nuts, generic obese sub­ur­ban­ites and the super-rich, but what binds them is this idea that life was per­fect in Apple­ton, Wis­con­sin, in 1958. As soon as Pres­i­dent Obama was elected, this visual of a black guy who liked smok­ing pot walk­ing into the White House was too much. When­ever you hear them say, “I want my coun­try back” – from what? Did Black­man­istan invade us? They may want it back, but that Amer­ica is gone for­ever. Of course, there’s a big eco­nomic incen­tive to legal­iz­ing mar­i­juana. More than a decade ago, there was a county in Geor­gia where the peo­ple fired the sher­iff because he was bust­ing pot farm­ers. The crop was their lifeblood, so they got rid of the hardass and elected a sher­iff who pledged to look the other way. That’s the kind of sea change that’s hap­pen­ing in Amer­ica right now. If 40 years of abject fail­ure of the War on Drugs has taught us any­thing, it’s that the cus­tomer base is large, strong and loyal. So as in every­thing, money talks. And money is there to be made. There’s no going back. We’ve reached the tip­ping point, legal mar­i­juana is here to stay – it’s just a mat­ter of how fast it will hap­pen across the coun­try. This story is from the June 20th, 2013 issue of Rolling Stone. New­shawk: John Tyler Source: Rolling Stone (US) Author: Bill Maher Pub­lished: June 10, 2013 Copy­right: 2013 Straight Arrow Pub­lish­ers Com­pany, L.P. Con­tact: letters@​rollingstone.​com Web­site: http://​www​.rolling​stone​.com/

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