Comedian and illusionist Penn Jillette, an outspoken Libertarian, put President Obama on blast for the War on Drugs and how he has regulated drug policies during his presidency so far.
During his podcast “Penn’s Sunday School,” Jillette went off on the President for encroaching upon states’ rights. He said, “As you know, medical marijuana, you can get it in California, and the feds are coming in to try to stop this. States’ rights don’t mean jack shit to the Obama administration on anything except gay marriage.”
This part of Jillette’s outrage leads back to Obama’s recent announcement that he supports gay marriage. The President cited his respect for states’ rights as the reason that he cannot require country-wide legalization of marriage for gay couples. The hypocrisy in such a statement is glaring, as federal agents are currently working to shut down medical marijuana collectives throughout states that have voted to legalize it, citing Federal law as the justification.
The comedian also spoke out against the amount of people who are in jail for minor marijuana related crimes, focusing on how that can negatively impact their lives. Jillette believes that if Obama were to change his drug policies, federal prison systems would not be so overcrowded and low level recreational drug users could have an opportunity to turn their lives around and become contributing members of society.
Jillette became especially fervent when referring to President Obama’s book “Dreams From My Father,” where the President admits to using both marijuana and cocaine earlier in life. Jillette argued that were Obama arrested and charged for the drug use that he admits to, he never would have had most of the opportunities that he has had in life.
Penn said, “…if [President Obama] had done time in prison, time in federal prison, time for his ‘weed’ and ‘a little blow,’ he would not be President of the United States of America. He would not have gone to his fancy-ass college, he would not have sold books that sold millions and millions of copies and made millions and millions of dollars. He would not have a beautiful, smart wife, he would not have a great job. He would have been in fucking prison, and it’s not a goddamn joke. People who smoke marijuana must be set free.”
Jillette has always been open with the fact that he has never drank alcohol or tried any drugs, both decisions he made when he was a teenager. Despite the fact that he has never used drugs, not even a puff of marijuana, he adamantly believes that Americans should have the right to use marijuana if they so choose.