Monday, October 22, 2012

Weed the People

By Bill Maher

Here's a statement issued by LaToya Cantrell, who's running for New Orleans City Council, about her husband, Jason Cantrell, who's a New Orleans city prosecutor. See if you can guess what Jason did:
“I absolutely do not condone his actions. I love my husband unconditionally and am very concerned for his health and well-being, and for that of our family. I hope that this incident will encourage Jason to seek the professional help [he needs].”
Did Jason abuse a pet? Set up a hidden video camera in a Starbucks restroom? Get caught autoerotic-asphyxiating with a gay male prostitute? No. Jason Cantrell was talking to some cops in the courtroom where he works and when he went to pull something out of his pocket, a joint fell out. A single marijuana cigarette.

Jason was led out of the courtroom, cited by police, suspended without pay and eventually forced to resign from his city attorney job, which he's held for the past 17 years. Over a single marijuana cigarette.

So Jason Cantrell, public servant, like millions of other decent hardworking Americans, chooses to unwind with a benign plant rather than a glass of hard liquor. Fine, Jason, but now that we know about it, your life as you know it has to be over. We "encourage you to seek the professional help you need."

When the prosecutors themselves have loose joints dropping out of their pockets, isn't it clear that criminalizing people and destroying their careers over how they choose to change their headspace is a twisted, immoral disgrace?

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

i hope bill reads this.weed is the best. better than all alcohol and cigarettes. the current laws show more proof of how psycho minded the lawmakers are,they prefer a violent, anger inducing drug,and a smelly,cancerous stick of tobacco with chemicals like formaldehyde,ammonia,acetone,arsenic,methanol,etc. for americans to use and look at the people dying every day from this shit,but,its ok since the lawmakers say so and whats really fucked up is that the same cops,border patrol,and lawmakers that support the laws use weed, coke, ex,etc,etc and get away with it all the time, but what can we do,we are only the 99%,or 47% like romoney says,and cant do shit about it,fuck the asshole lawmakers and hopefully i will see a change before im gone?bill maher for president

Anonymous said...

Hi, here in Uruguay we are about to legalize marijuana as a way to fight narcs and stop heavier drugs from popular consumption.

I leave you with an interesting speech from our president. A totally different speech from what we would expect from a president.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr465Atwenw

Regards,

Anonymous said...

Bill - There is a canidate who wants to legalize Mary J! His name is Gary Johnson: here's from the non affiliated debates: http://youtu.be/EpeFWzrDbrM

Anonymous said...

Bill,
If a bottle of alcohol fell out of his pocket it is the same thing. Leave what you do at home at home. And if can't; you have a problem.
The more I know about you; the more I realize that you are nothing more than a vulgar boar.

John McNeil said...

You may not be aware, but under Napoleonic Code, all males in the justice system are required to be alcoholics.

David Blide said...

Just found this on Huffington Post. Colorado set to legalize marijuana. Not decriminalize....LEGALIZE!

Anonymous said...

Medical Marijuana and Industrial Hemp should be legalized. To overburden a product with heavy taxes, to prevent it from competing in the open market, or making it illegal is a violation of the anti trust law on the federal level. To not allow a plant that carries no or minimal THC called Hemp to be on the open market is a violation of the anti trust law on the federal level. To allow oxycodone from the opium plant to be legal and medical marijuana to be illegal is a political and pharmaceutical ploy to gain the system and a direct violation of the anti trust laws. To allow cotton, paper from trees, oil from seeds, ethanol from corn, rope from nylon…legal and hemp illegal unless DEA approved is a violation of anti trust laws, which creates a monopoly on businesses with unfair lobbyists. It is time America woke up and did what is in the best interest of America. We should not feel threatened by new products due to greed, but embrace that which is superior in the market. We should not think of how to sell something without having the public able to grow it individually, but able to embrace what is. People today grow gardens, beehives, and other sorts of things on rooftops. The farming industry of Dole did not lobby so heavily to prevent this through housing association clauses, yet we franticly swarm to prevent hemp. We only allow imports of this product when we can prevent money from going abroad and grow it domestically as a business to sell abroad. To test for marijuana can be as easy as creating a device just like testing for diabetes for police in the field. Please vote yes on H.R. 1831. Why ban something without consideration of its positive outcome? Unless that was its purpose to begin with? These laws were meant to keep hemp from competing in the open market and allow a monopoly. America needs to encourage full use on plants and stop being wasteful. Hemp can prevent deforestation. America knows its benefits since the law was lifted during WWII. The DEA, FBI, judicial system, prison system, military, and local police budgets would be slashed and approximitely15 billion government tax dollars would be saved (White House Budget). All things considered, America has lost sight on exploiting the benefits of a product by controlling the substance of marijuana. We rather label it illegal than study this plant. Humans should strive to progress rather than avoidance altogether. Avoidance will only cause our society to lose opportunities in jobs. America loses valuable cures when we exclude medical research on certain plants. Marijuana is less harmful and has more uses than legal over the counter drugs: caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.

Sara Bella said...

Hi, Bill! I am a junior at LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts and I recently wrote a research paper for my AP Composition class regarding the topic of legalization of marijuana, inspired by your views expressed on your show. I was wondering if there was any way you could check it out! The fact that marijuana is illegal is complete infringement on our rights and paternalistic laws suck. For you to read it would be grand. Thanks, Sara

Anonymous said...

Bill, definitely have your researchers look into what's happening in Uruguay. Here's an Al Jazeera interview with the president, Jose Mujica.
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2013/10/jose-mujica-i-earn-more-than-i-need-2013102294729420734.html

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