80s Drug Czar William Bennett – yep, still an asshole


Moral scold/problem gambler William "Ram" Bennett co-wrote an op-ed for the LA Times complaining that people have come to the realization that legalizing marijuana isn't such a bad idea after all. Bennett longs for the good old days, when white patricians called the shots:

Over the years, others who have opposed legalization include Republicans Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer and Jack Kemp, and think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation, the Hudson Institute and the Claremont Institute.

Remember when marijuana prohibition resulted in racist policies, violent drug cartels, widespread government corruption, pot laced with dangerous chemicals, an untaxable black market, a militarized police, a massive for-profit prison industry, an economy-draining and useless drug war, and children being lured into the drug trade? I remember it, and it sucked. Please go back to Fox News where people believe your bloviating bullshit, Mr Bennett.

RELATED: Don't miss Jacob Sullum's brutal takedown of Going to Pot, a new book co-written by Bennett. Sullum gives many examples from the book that reveal it as a "rambling, repetitive, self-contradicting hodgepodge of scare stories, misleading comparisons, unsupportable generalizations, and decontextualized research results."

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