Dear President Obama:
When the prototypically progressive Jimmy Carter and the quintessentially conservative Rand Paul agree on an issue, you might want to rethink your policies.
"Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use... Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce [28g] of marijuana."
"Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said that though he opposes drug use, he thinks that the penalties are too harsh and, 'I don’t want to put them in jail and ruin their lives.' Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Paul said that even the last two presidents used drugs at some point. 'Look, the last two presidents could have conceivably been put in jail for their drug use and I really think – look what would’ve happened, it would’ve ruined their lives,' he said. 'They got lucky. But a lot of poor kids, particularly in the inner city, don’t get lucky and they don’t have good attorneys and they go to jail for some of these things and I think it’s a big mistake.'"
It's time to end pot prohibition. Keeping cannabis on the black market causes more harm than good. Bigwig members of our two major political parties might disagree on most issues, but marijuana brings them together in a big ole hug of a legal Kumbaya.