“Progress doesn’t automatically snowball,” Bill Maher says. He is talking about the marijuana debate, comparing it to the abortion clinics shutting down across the United States. It doesn’t automatically happen, and people should realize this. It isn’t a given.
“Somehow, this is the year that everything from socialism to mass deportation is on the table and voters love the authentic guys who speak their minds, but when it comes time for Congress to consider common-sense pot legislation, it’s like smoking a joint with Woody Harrelson; they just won’t pass it.”
It would give those suffering mental issues an alternative to treating their moods, other than OxyContin, Maher says, hinting at the Big Pharma profits curtailing the efforts to introduce legalizing marijuana use. It isn’t comparable to cigarettes or alcohol, he argues, one isn’t linked to lung cancer, nor is it linked to aggression and violence. The “War on Drugs” is keeping it from out of our reach. It “keeps billions following to DEA agents, and prisons…”
“It’s not a tenable situation,” he says, speaking of one state legalizing it, and not the other. The sarcasm hints at the common frustrations felt by the citizen.
Maher, in the process, and to applauds of the audience, lights up a joint, and though it’s a little tongue-in-cheek, his message is a call to wake up to the government’s legislative powers. “Legalizing pot is a long way from a done deal.”
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