Meghan McCain thinks pot should be legal, according to her new book, America, You Sexy Bitch, in which she and her coauthor, comedian Michael Ian Black, take a road trip across America. But don’t worry, it’s not because she likes to smoke it…much. For her, it’s all about the economy.
Last night on David Letterman, McCain explained:
I was living in Los Angeles very briefly last year, and I was shocked at how people here smoke weed the way people in New York pour wine.
She pointed to the parallels between marijuana and prohibition, explaining:
Once I started doing research onto the economic benefits for our country by decriminalizing marijuana, I decided to come out publicly in support of it.
She reiterated her position on The View this morning, adding that she’s “not a cannabis user … frequently,” prompting Barbara Walters to surmise that her “father’s going to be so proud.” McCain replied “He knows everything … and he loves me.”
She’s also detailed one of her experiences smoking pot in the aforementioned section of her book, in which she and her road trip partner light up while on a tour of New Orleans. But the anecdote is just a hook for her policy stance, which she explains in an excerpt published on the Daily Beast:
That being said, I believe that marijuana should be legalized. This is not a decision I have come to quickly or lightly. Over the course of the last four years, in discussions with friends pro and con, I believe the legal ramifications of possessing marijuana are egregious. For one reason, I think it is a substance that does no more damage than alcohol does, and second, if we legalized marijuana in this country and taxed the hell out of it, our economic problems would at least be temporarily helped a great deal. In fact, you could even use the revenue stream to pay for universal health care if you wanted.
That’s a lofty goal, but she has a point. Do you agree with McCain?