Hypocrisy and Marijuana Policy

From Reason Online where Jacob Sullum asks, “Why should other Alaskans be arrested for something Sarah Palin once did with impunity?”

When it comes to questions about youthful marijuana use, Sarah Palin is no Slick Willie. "I can't claim a Bill Clinton and say that I never inhaled," the Republican vice presidential candidate told the Anchorage Daily News in 2006, before she was elected governor of Alaska…

 

[S]moking marijuana in the privacy of one's home is just as legal in Alaska today as it was when Palin did it. Evidently she regrets this situation.

 

As mayor of Wasilla in 2000, Palin championed a city council resolution opposing a ballot initiative that would have legalized marijuana for adults. Last March her administration asked the Alaska Supreme Court to reverse its 1975 decision shielding private marijuana use, arguing that the drug is more dangerous than it used to be.

 

In other words, Palin got to smoke pot without worrying about legal consequences and now wants to deny that assurance to fellow Alaskans doing exactly the same thing. "Palin doesn't support legalizing marijuana," the Anchorage Daily News reported in 2006, because she worries about "the message it would send to her four kids."

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Windypundit - September 18, 2008 3:47 PM

But admitting she smoked pot herself, that doesn't send a message to her kids?

The question I would like to see asked of her (and Obama too) is something like, "You smoked pot when you were younger, yet you don't support legalizing marijuana. Do you believe America would be a better place if you had gone to jail? Or do you believe you deserve a special exemption from the rules you want everyone else to follow?"

It's got to be one of those, right?

Special bonus question: "U.S. Customs and Border Protection has refused entry to people who admitted smoking pot, even if they were never convicted of a crime. If you were president, is it alright if other countries don't let you visit for the same reason?"

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