In my syndicated newspaper column this week, I follow up my recent Pando report about marijuana legalization by firing up the flux capacitor and taking readers back to the front lines of the drug war circa 2006. It is worth taking a moment to go a little deeper in this space, because there is a key “you gotta see/hear it to believe it” revelation that doesn’t fully translate in a written recounting of that era.
Back then, in a precursor of what was to come under President Barack “Choom Gang” Obama, President George W. Bush was intensifying the federal government’s specific crusade against marijuana, a drug Dubya had suggested he personally used. Yet, in their eagerness to demonize cannabis and make it seem uncool, Bush and the hard-core prohibitionists in his drug czar’s office accidentally admitted that marijuana isn’t all that dangerous.
In fact, that’s understating it — in a national television ad called “Pete’s Couch,” the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy suggested that using marijuana is “the safest thing in the world.” Yes, that’s a direct quote. If this seems hard to believe, watch the ad for yourself, and listen carefully to the government’s teenage narrator:
Now sure, you can try to claim that the drug czar was merely saying that sitting on Pete’s couch is the “safest thing in the world.” But…
[continues at Pando Daily]