Singer, poet, public speaker, and talk show host Henry Rollins has joined the growing ranks of public figures who support ending marijuana prohibition.
Rollins is not a marijuana user, either. As more and more people realize that marijuana prohibition is a harmful failure, the myth that only potheads want to make it legal is continuing to fade into the hazy realm of reefer madness.
From a column he penned for last week’s LA Weekly:
Like millions of Americans, I have no interest in smoking marijuana but can’t see any reason to keep someone of age from lighting up.
I don’t think it is a “gateway” drug any more than alcohol. The behavior one has to engage in when utilizing a controlled substance — the sneaking around, the hiding of the stash, etc. — that could be a gateway to more devious activity, fueled by the resentment of authority that is potentially engendered. ….
The president and the attorney general could turn over a new leaf in America and leave all matters mary jane to the states as they see fit.