“Let’s stop the pot hypocrisy. We now have three presidents that have admitted to smoking marijuana. People in public office, all throughout the Senate, have said, ‘Hey, I’ve smoked marijuana recreationally.’ How much of a hypocrite do you have to be to say that I broke American laws using pot as a recreational thing, that I’m not going to support this idea, as a medicine for severely sick people, that they shouldn’t be able to access this drug?”
– Cory Booker, US Senator from New Jersey and a co-sponsor (along with Rand Paul) of a Senate bill to stop the federal government from prosecuting cannabis users in states where cannabis is state-legal.
Makes sense. It is particularly distasteful for a politician to try to cozy up with the American people (or maybe just to avoid being caught lying) by admitting to having consumed cannabis, but then pull up the drawbridge by essentially saying, “okay, I got away with it, either because I was lucky or my wealthy and influential parents got me out of it, but I still think that if anyone today gets caught with it today, they should go to jail and be at risk of having their lives ruined.”
Bottom line: We badly need more politicians like Booker.