Sarah Palin wants cops to leave weed smokers alone
Whodathunkit: The Thrilla from Wasilla, Mrs. USA, the grizzliest mama of them all is A-OK with folks getting stoned in the privacy of their own homes. “If somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody else any harm,” former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said recently on FOX News, the fuzz should just leave them be.
The folks at the Marijuana Policy Project, America’s largest weed legalization lobby, are happy to hear it. But they’d like to see Palin cash that check with some action.
“If Sarah Palin recognizes that marijuana is a ‘minimal problem’ and that law enforcement has greater priorities,” the MPP’s Mike Meno wrote in a statement to the press, “she should get off the fence and join the growing ranks of libertarian-minded Republicans, including Rep. Ron Paul and former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, who have called for an end to the outdated and failed policies of marijuana prohibition.”
Meno even takes a swipe at Palin’s caveat — that legalizing weed would harm the kiddies: “Palin says she opposes making marijuana legal because of the message it would send to young people, but our current policies ensure that young people have better access to marijuana than nearly anyone else. Unlike the licensed merchants who sell tobacco and alcohol, drug dealers do not check IDs.”
They sure don’t!
While The Daily Caller has yet to hear back from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, it did reach out to its smoking readers for reactions to Palin’s statement.
“I’m a stoner who finds sarah palin linguistically and ideologically indecipherable, EVEN WHEN I’M NOT STONED,” wrote an artist in Atlanta. “I think hers is a pretty typical independent-but-not-republican sentiment, which is the type of rep she’s trying to foster, right? So it actually makes a lot of sense to me. Plus, maybe alaska is a total bummer and you need ganja to power through winter.”
A deejay in Washington had slightly less kind things to say. “I do disagree with most of her other positions on issues, and she usually comes across as ridiculous in her public and media appearance. So this one position on weed doesn’t make me any more keen to see her become our next President or hold any position of political authority. It does strike me as simple common sense, though.”
Palin said during her appearance that law enforcement resources are wasted on the war against fun. “Perhaps there are other things that our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems that we have in society that are appropriate for law enforcement to do and not concentrate on such a, relatively speaking, minimal problem that we have in the country.”