Michael van der Galien

Palin: It’s Perfectly Fine If You Want to Smoke Marijuana

Posted on June 19 2010 12:00 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin – one of the most influential conservative women of our time – said during a recent appearance on Fox News that she doesn’t have a problem with people smoking marijuana in their own homes. “If somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody else any harm,” she explained, they should be left alone.

It’s great to see Palin adopt a more libertarian view on soft drugs. I wish the conservative movement as a whole would follow in her footsteps. If you believe in liberty and individual, rather than collective responsibility for your life, I don’t quite see how you can support the extremely expensive, intrusive and otherwise over-the-top war on drugs.

Palin’s only caveat to legalizing marijuana altogether, by the way, is that she fears it sends the wrong message to children. Although I understand her concern, I have to disagree. Legalizing something doesn’t mean it’s perfectly fine to do it, nor that it’s moral and wise. Moral values and wisdom shouldn’t be legislated.

If legalized, it’s up to parents to teach their children that although smoking weed is legal, it’s best not do it nonetheless. This is the responsibility of America’s fathers and mothers, not the government – who isn’t your daddy, after all.

It’s great to see that there is yet another leader of the conservative movement who realizes that it’s none of the government’s business if you want to smoke weed in the privacy of your own home. Let’s hope others will follow in her footsteps. The way things are going now, it’s likely that marijuana will, if not be legal, at least be tolerated within a few years time – and that’s a decisively good development.

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