By Chris Roberts |
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Go ahead and use medical cannabis.
You have permission from Ted Nugent.
The crossbow-hunting, Obama-hating conservative rock-and-roller is OK if you “take a hit on the hippie weed when you need it,” Nugent wrote in an op-ed for The Daily Caller.
Why thanks, Uncle Ted.
What led the Nuge to get behind the nugs? Was it the famed pro-military man’s realization that veterans suffering from chronic pain and PTSD were being denied access to the drug of their choice? Was it coming to terms with an endless and pointless war on drugs – or was it, like many of us, a personal experience with a loved one who found healing and comfort through the magical plant?
None of the above. “I have always supported medical marijuana,” Nugent wrote, “especially for people with terminal illnesses where marijuana can help relieve pain and suffering.”
So there it is.
However, the conservative champion is still a very pro-major government on weed. Nugent is still a staunch proponent of marijuana prohibition, trotting out all the old tried and true arguments for banning a plant: “blurred and burnt-out freaks ruining lives… stumbling to an early grave.”
Good news: As SF Evergreen noted yesterday, Americans are ignoring Nugent’s bad advice, which is in their favor. Marijuana use among teens has risen, according to a recent survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse — and at the same time, their use of alcohol and tobacco has declined.
We do not support teens who use cannabis. Research suggests that marijuana affects a developing brain in ways we still don’t fully understand. That said, we support children who use tobacco and alcohol much less, if that makes sense.
So we’re glad crazy old Ted has had a sanity brush. We only wish his conservative principles were extended to social justice and personal freedoms.