Penn Jillette: Obama is a Hypocrite on Marijuana. Let the People Go!

While he does not do drugs himself, Penn Jillette also does not believe other people should go to jail for "victimless crimes," pointing out that 1 in 6 people in prison in the U.S. today are "in there for weed."

Penn Jillette has his vices. Jillette, the speaking side of the comic duo Penn and Teller, lives in sin city, after all, and has had the occasion to gamble on the Vegas strip. 


When it comes to drugs and alcohol, however, Jillette often speaks about how he has never had "one sip of wine," nor has he taken "a puff" of marijuana. And yet, Jillette put one of his well-known vices on display recently when he exercised his famously foul mouth in an epic rant against President Obama's position on marijuana. 

Sounding off on his show, "Penn's Sunday School," Jillette called Obama's position "beyond hypocrisy." He said:

Do we believe, even for a second, that if Obama had been busted for marijuana -- under the laws that he condones -- would his life have been better? If Obama had been caught with the marijuana that he says he uses, and 'maybe a little blow'... if he had been busted under his laws, he would have done hard f*cking time. And if he had done time in prison, time in federal prison, time for his 'weed' and 'a little blow,' he would not be President of the United States of America. He would not have gone to his fancy-a** college, he would not have sold books that sold millions and millions of copies and made millions and millions of dollars, he would not have a beautiful, smart wife, he would not have a great job. He would have been in f*cking prison, and it's not a god damn joke. People who smoke marijuana must be set free. It is insane to lock people up.

Is Jillette justified in making this ad hominem attack on Obama? Since Obama has admitted to smoking marijuana and doing "a little blow," Jillette says Obama is a hypocrite on the issue. On his show Jillette presented his own clean history with drugs and alcohol as a relevant contrast. While he does not do drugs himself, Jillette also does not believe other people should go to jail for "victimless crimes," pointing out that 1 in 6 people in prison in the U.S. today are "in there for weed."

You can watch the relevant clip from Jillette's show here

While Jillette doesn't believe people should go to prison for marijuana use, he is anything but an advocate for illegal drug use. In fact, he told Big Think that "I've never been that smart," and the people he saw doing drugs and alcohol "were getting stupider and I hated that."

Watch the video here:

Image courtesy of Shutterstock

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

Space toilets: How astronauts boldly go where few have gone before

A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.

Videos
  • When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
  • Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
  • Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
Keep reading Show less

Carl Sagan on why he liked smoking marijuana

Carl Sagan liked to smoke weed. His essay on why is fascinating.

Photo: Photo by Robert Nelson on Unsplash / Big Think
Mind & Brain
  • Carl Sagan was a life long marijuana user and closeted advocate of legalization.
  • He once wrote an anonymous essay on the effects it had on his life and why he felt it should be legalized.
  • His insights will be vital as many societies begin to legalize marijuana.
Keep reading Show less

Can the keto diet help treat depression? Here’s what the science says so far

A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.

Photo: Public Domain
Mind & Brain
  • The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
  • Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
  • Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
Keep reading Show less