The nation is slowly welcoming legal marijuana, but here are 10 people you might not have known support legal cannabis.
Since the early 1900’s there has been a gross campaign against the sale and use of marijuana in the United States. Beginning around 1936 the fervent misinformation of “Reefer Madness” gained popularity in state governments and households encompassing most of America. By 1938 the propaganda had succeeded in convincing the country that cannabis was not only dangerous, but sinful as well, and state legislatures across this great nation enacted laws prohibiting the use of cannabis entirely.
In return, supporters of cannabis use have been diligently working to gain back access to this miracle herb since its inception of illegality. Today the Marijuana Majority is gaining influential supporters to its ranks, some that most people expect to see and some that may come as a bit of a surprise.
Here is a list of the 10 most surprising cannabis supporters and what they have to say about it all:
10. The Majority of American Voters – Gallup polls show that 58% of voters are in favor of legalizing marijuana
9. Sarah Palin, former Vice Presidential candidate for the Republican Party – “If somebody’s gonna smoke a joint…and not do anybody else any harm…then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at.”
8. David Koch, super-politico for the Tea Party – “I have friends that smoke pot, it’s ridiculous to treat them as criminals”
7. Pat Robertson, televangelist and founder of Christian Broadcasting Network – “We should treat marijuana the way we do beverage alcohol…I’ve never used marijuana…but this war on drugs just hasn’t succeeded”
6. Rick Perry, Governor of Texas – “[If] you want to go somewhere where you can smoke medical weed then you ought to be able to do that”
5. Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff, now mayor of Chicago – “I think [the decriminalization proposal is]a smart change because I want our police officers focused on serious violent crime”
4. Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia and ally in War on Drugs – “A new approach should try and take away the violent profit that comes with drug trafficking… If that means legalizing, and the world thinks that’s the solution, I will welcome it.”
3. Bill O’Reilly, Fox News host – “My philosophy is if you want to smoke marijuana in your basement, I don’t care. I’m not going to get a search warrant and kick your door in. I think that’s foolish…”
2. Glenn Beck, Conservative talk show host known for explosive tactics – “I think it’s about time we legalize marijuana… We either put people who are smoking marijuana behind bars or we legalize it, but this little game we are playing in the middle is not helping us, it is not helping Mexico…”
1. Michael Steele, Former Chairman of the Republican National Committee – “Someone has got to break the logjam. The fact is that you have the incarceration rate, particularly in African-American communities for drug related crimes is off the charts… The old mindset that doesn’t address the current environment, that doesn’t deal with realities of our penal system or our sentencing system… A lot of folks are getting caught in the cross-hairs… We’ve got to reorient our priorities here when it comes to the issue of drugs in our culture.”
With Ohio voting on legalizing recreational marijuana next month, the tides are definitely turning when it comes to legalizing marijuana.
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