Sarah Palin Really Doesn't Care if You Smoke Pot

But the tea-party muse is against legalization.

Sarah Palin Really Doesn’t Care if You Smoke Pot

But the tea-party muse is against legalization.

-Jane Farrell

Sarah Palin

It’s probably not a position a lot of hard-core conservatives would be happy with, but Sarah Palin says she’s not too concerned about marijuana users who smoke the occasional joint at home.

Speaking on the Fox Business Network, the former GOP vice presidential candidate did say, “If we’re talking about pot, I’m not for the legalization of pot … I think that would just encourage especially our young people to think that it was OK to just go ahead and use it.”

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She went on to say, “I think we need to prioritize our law enforcement efforts….And if somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody else any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems that we have in society.”

Overall, Palin said that “relatively speaking” the issue is “a minimal problem.”

In general, though, bottom-line statistics on the import and use of cannabis appear to be anything but minimal. National Drug Threat Assessment, a 2009 report from the U.S. Department of Justice, said that approximately 15,500 tons of marijuana were produced in Mexico in 2007, “primarily for export to the United States.” Users in the United States, many of whom buy marijuana made in Mexico, number 25 million, the report said. (Time, U.S. Department of Justice)

Jane Farrell is a senior editor for Betty Confidential.

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0 thoughts on “Sarah Palin Really Doesn't Care if You Smoke Pot

  1. my Dad always said that when you were weeding your garden, if you just pulled up the part of the weed that you saw, the problem would not go away – you had to get those weeds at the root – and that it was the same with drug use – she is very correct when she states “I think we need to prioritize our law enforcement efforts

  2. how about this: our prisons are filled with guys who got caught with drugs, sold drugs, etc. who spend years and years in jail; while child molesters and rapists do a couple of years on good behavior and are back out on the streets. Seriously, I can’t say that I know anyone that has over-dosed on smoking pot. And I am in agreement – if you are in your own home and not hurting anyone, then who cares if you smoke it. But let the penalties fit the crime and in this country, they simply do not.

  3. it’s refreshing to see her comments on this. if only for the reason that everyone wants to put labels on people. its not stereotypical of a conservative to say its ok to be an occasional pot smoker in your own home. we need to get rid of labels and deal with ISSUES.

  4. at the same time, Sarah is very concerned about border security. That security is most dangerously compromised not by illegal aliens who come in to the U.S. to work kitchen jobs, but by well-armed drug dealers whose ultimate customers are Americans. There are 2 sides to the drug and border wars…

  5. Wow — Sarah and I agree on something! Amazing! I think she’s totally right — there are WAY more important things to be focusing on. I say legalize it — alcohol is much more dangerous, and it being legal doesn’t send a message that it’s ok for young people to drink booze!

  6. I just did a little online research and discovered some interesting statistics… significantly more people in the U.S. have tried pot than in Holland (where it is legal) and tried it at a younger age. I also read specific information that stated cigarette smoking is much worse for one’s health than pot smoking. I have visited Holland twice and, to make a long story short, I can assure you that “the pot smoking scene” there isn’t at all the way some people may think it is. For example, I didn’t personally see anyone except for some inappropriate Americans smoking pot out on the street. – an intelligent American

  7. Legalize POT! Why not tax the crap out of it and use it to get our country out of debt? The government already collects taxes on it from places like California where it’s used for “medical” purposes! Get the people out of prison that are there for stupid pot charges and put away the child molesters for a LONG LONG TIME! We have a stupid justice system that doesn’t work! LEGALIZE MARIJUANA!

  8. I agree as well. I would be more worried about the country’s debt, oil spill disaster, economy and education. America has to work it’s way out of these issues to keep up the dream that many across the globe want to live and come here

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