This is April 20. A national holiday for millions of Americans.
Because, as many of you know, it’s 4/20 – a day of national celebration for pot heads…festivities I’m more than happy to recognize and join.
I’m not ashamed to admit: I’ve smoked more than my share of marijuana. Anybody my age who did not try pot in college is either hopelessly out of touch or a liar.
And I strongly believe that pot should not only be de-criminalized – it should be made legal.
Let’s be honest. Marijuana is a recreational drug. No more dangerous than alcohol – and less dangerous than cigarettes. It is not addictive. And, despite all the scare tactics of some government agencies, it is not a gateway to more serious drugs.
In many states, marijuana is also a major cash crop. Growers make more money from pot than grapes in California. But it’s all part of the underground economy.
The only answer is to legalize pot, regulate it, tax it, make money off it, let people enjoy it – and free police officers to spend time on serious crimes.
For pot heads everywhere, that’s my parting shot.