Sting Says Anti-Marijuana Laws Really Harsh His Buzz
Pop legend Sting isn't afraid to let the world know he is down with Mary Jane.
Sting took to his blog to speak out in favor of the legalization of marijuana and an end to the War on Drugs. Sting said that he feels that the money spent on the War on Drugs could be better spent tackling poverty and global warming and that continuing to keep marijuana illegal is resulting in violent drug wars in foreign countries. From Sting's blog entry:
The 'War on Drugs' has failed - but it's worse than that. It is actively harming our society. Violent crime is thriving in the shadows to which the drug trade has been consigned.
People who genuinely need help can't get it. Neither can people who need medical marijuana to treat terrible diseases.
We are spending billions, filling up our prisons with non-violent offenders and sacrificing our liberties.
For years, the 'Drug War' has been used as a pretext to lock people in prison for exorbitant lengths of time - people whose 'crimes' never hurt another human being, people who already lived at the margins of society, whose voices were the faintest and whose power was the least.
Meanwhile, resources to fight genuine crime - violent crime - have been significantly diminished.
Sting's comments have already been met with angry comments from anti-drug group DARE who said Sting should "stick to singing and not meddle in matters he doesn't understand" and that "we do not need pop stars coming out and making irresponsible statements like that." Because we all know how Sting is influencing the decisions of the kids these days!
Do you think Sting did a good thing coming out in support of marijuana legalization or do you think he is being irresponsible? Let us know what you think in the comment section.