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Friday, September 23, 2011

Peter B. Lewis: "Our Marijuana Laws Are Stupid"

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 11:00 AM

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Noted pot enthusiast, billionaire, and Progressive chairman Peter B. Lewis, though a proponent of marijuana reform, has been quiet in the past year even as a couple of groups push for medical marijuana initiatives in Ohio. Earlier this spring, he put a call out through his lawyer for proposals for Ohio, but has been publicly silent ever since and has publicly stayed away from the two groups that have bungled their way through invalid signatures and ballot language so far.

Well, Peter B. is silent no more. In a first-person piece for Forbes this week, Lewis lays out his case for reform.

It is pretty blunt, to say the least. No pun intended. A snippet below. Click over to Forbes for the full effect.

Our marijuana laws are outdated, ineffective and stupid. I’m not alone in thinking this: Half of Americans believe we should stop punishing people for using marijuana. And not coincidentally, more than half of Americans have used marijuana themselves. I am one of those Americans, and I know firsthand that marijuana can be helpful and that it certainly isn’t cause for locking anyone up.

My story is fairly simple. I grew up after college in a world where social drinking was the norm but marijuana was hidden. When I was 39 I tried marijuana for the first time. I found it to be better than scotch. But it wasn’t until I had serious medical problems that I realized how important marijuana could be.

39! Better than scotch! We love Peter. B. Lewis.

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