Bill Maher Requests Obama Free Drug War Prisoners
Bill Maher is widely known for advocating for legalizing marijuana, discussing the drug war almost weekly on his talk show Real Time with Bill Maher. As the country continues to debate whether legalization is the way to go or a big mistake, Maher expresses his point of view in a socially acceptable kind of way on his HBO Show which many viewers find hilarious but unfortunately true.
Last week, Maher opened his discussion about the Drug War by stating the most recent confessions of Congressman Ted Cruz of Texas and former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida. The two have both admitted to smoking marijuana in their youth, along with other politicians like Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Al Gore and even our president, Barack Obama. Furthermore, these politicians admit they've used marijuana but seem to feel the need to apologize for it. Americans commonly hear excuses like, "I made a mistake when I was in college and I would never do it again," as if smoking the few times that they have is detrimental to their life and their career. Let's face it, they've made it this far to even have to share that information with the public, so smoking weed could not have been that bad!
The conversation went from humorous to outrage as Maher went on to say that 700,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession every year. Maher was especially infuriated with Jeb Bush, who is known to smoke and possibly even sell marijuana while he was in school. Despite his past, Bush pushed for harsh sentences for drug offenses while he governed Florida. The only exception would have been his daughter who was busted for crack cocaine in 2002.
Maher then addressed racism when it comes to the drug war, sarcastically stating that America should have honest an drug education program, warning our youth that if they are going to experiment with drugs, they should first make sure they are white and well connected.
With many valid points, Maher closed his segment saying, "Obama should acknowledge that putting people in jail for nonviolent drug offenses was a giant mistake in the first place, and then he should use the power of the presidential pardon and free them all." He shed light on the fact that presidents in the past have given mass pardons to Southern Confederates and Vietnam War resisters, so why can't Obama take charge when it comes to the drug war?