Confession: I'm a huge Bill Maher fan. So if you don't like Maher and his opinions, you'll probably have a problem with this post.
Back in the day, when I was in like 8th grade, I used to love tuning-in to his late night round-table talk show, Politically Incorrect. It's a damn shame mainstream networks don't have the balls to program someone as candid and forthright as Maher. HBO, however, is a pretty excellent home for Maher these days because it lets him be as politically outspoken and vulgar as he wants without pundits turning into crybabies. Since I'm usually out on Friday nights, Real Time with Bill Maher is excellent OnDemand watching every week.
Anyway, Maher's outspoke, pro-marijuana legalization opinions have been well-known and documented for the better part of a decade. This past week he had a particular excellent rant on the subject matter, calling marijuana legalization "the next Gay marriage," declaring pot's continued criminality as a "civil rights issue that needs to fall." Maher goes on to illustrate how the path to marijuana's eventual legalization is very similar to how the stigma about gay marriage has been chisled away: Just acknowledge and embrace the fact that we all know, like, and maybe even love at least one pothead out there, be it a friend, colleague, or family member. And then he brings up that one pothead that we all know:
Yep, President Obama. Says Maher: "If anyone can say 'smoking pot won't ruin your life,' it's the guy who smoked bales of it and then became the leader of the free world."
Stuff that in your pipe and smoke it. Just watch:
[H/T: Huffington Post]