FOX “news” host and that sophomore who ratted out your dorm room sesh to the R.A., Tucker Carlson, spoke about the Marijuana Justice Act on his program this week. In discussing the topic with a surprisingly rational talk radio host from California, Carlson unveiled the craziest conspiracy theory I’ve yet heard about the government and marijuana, and that’s a high bar to clear.
Carlson showed clips from the video of California Senator Kamala Harris endorsing New Jersey Senator Cory Booker’s Marijuana Justice Act, as she explained the racial justice components of marijuana legalization.
Of course, Carlson made sure to issue the standard Sabet Disclaimer that you should take him seriously about marijuana because he’s not one of those “Reefer Madness” grass-hating narcs of bygone days of yore.
I just want to preface our conversation by saying that I don’t think people who smoke weed should be in jail. I think the drug war hasn’t worked very well; like gun control, banning something doesn’t make it go away. And I think that alcohol is, in a lot of ways, worse than marijuana.
But then Carlson turned to attacking Harris for her support of legislation that recognizes that the drug war hasn’t worked out so well, acknowledges that marijuana is safer than alcohol, and would ensure that people who smoke weed don’t go to jail.
First, it’s Harris’ fault personally and Democrats’ fault generally that California is a lawless, degenerate hellscape on the brink of collapse.
In California, houses are unaffordable, needles pile up on the streets, the middle class has been displaced by an unending wave of low-paid illegal immigrants, more than 100,000 people are spending the night tonight on the sidewalk in California…
Carlson’s guest adroitly notes that Californians are already smoking marijuana, so taxing them and generating money to help the homeless, offer drug rehab, and create good-paying jobs is a good idea.
Or so you might think. Carlson knows that Harris’ true agenda is to tax the marijuana and generate money all right, but then to keep it and not help the people, who’ll be so stoned they’ll put up with it.
Hey! Smoke more weed, so I can have more money in the tax coffers, and you will be less likely to stage a revolution against my bad leadership.
Seriously, it seems Carlson really thinks Californians elect Democrats because they’re too high to know any better. Then, when those disastrous Democratic policies make California the #1 state for public health, #4 in higher education, #1 in business environment, #4 in economy (fifth largest in the world), and #1 in corrections, they’re so high they forget it was Democrats who did that and vote in more Democrats.
Being aware and awake and fully experiencing your life and maybe fighting back against misused power – people who are high don’t do that, let’s be honest.
Like I said, the notion that senators, people who’ve only come around to legalization after nine states have enacted it, are suddenly embracing legalization so they can turn voters into docile sheep who’ll accept terrible governance, is the craziest government weed conspiracy I’ve ever heard.
The only reason Carlson is even having this discussion is because, as President Nixon’s adviser John Ehrlichman told a reporter in 1994:
The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.
Tucker Carlson’s audience came to hate marijuana back then because it was the peacenik potheads who were loudly protesting the Vietnam War, marching for civil rights, and leading the sexual revolution. It’s almost as if they were, I dunno, being aware and awake and fully experiencing their lives and maybe fighting back against misused power?
If anything, we stoners are more likely to stage a revolution against bad leadership. We’re the ones who collected signatures and led campaigns to legalize marijuana when our leaders wouldn’t do it, after all.