Schwarzenegger Now Joking Positively About the Marijuana Whose Prohibition He Recently Supported

The New York Times has a soft-focus feature article out under the irritating and misleading headline of "Marijuana, Not Yet Legal for Californians, Might as Well Be." Among the headline-refuting words that do not appear in the story: raid, dispensary, Obama.

However, the cliche-ridden article does have some newsworthiness, including this bit about California's most recent Republican governor:

Arnold Schwarzenegger [...] ticked off the acceptance of open marijuana smoking in a list of reasons he thought Venice was such a wonderful place for his morning bicycle rides. With so many people smoking in so many places, he said in an interview this year, there was no reason to light up one's own joint.

"You just inhale, and you live off everyone else," said Mr. Schwarzenegger, who as governor signed a law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Giggle giggle!

Such japery is a far cry from 2010, when the then-governor argued that the pot-legalization initiative Proposition 19 would bring "risks to public safety" and "make California a "laughingstock." At the risk of reading too much into a joke, I can't help but notice that the successful, historic legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington this year came amid the near-total absence of the kind nervous, giggly dismissals that marked the near-unanimous dismissal of Prop. 19 by the Golden State's editorial boards. Perhaps the lesson is that the first one through the door always takes the most flak, and that establishmentarians never want to be the first ones to stick their neck out.

Welcome back to the anti-establishment, Arnold!


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  • sarcasmic||

    Well, yeah. When in power it's taboo so suggest changes to drug laws, other than tightening them that is.

    Once out of power it's acceptable to question them, but not while in.

  • Ptah-Hotep||

    That would require integrity. Something politicians (and drug banners) are not known to possess.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Git yo os to Mahz!

  • Tman||


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    What do you want, Mr. Quaid?

  • Tman||


  • ||

    He doesn't actually say Bennie's name, he just says "screw you". Fucking amateurs.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Oh look, another retired politician speaking favorably about drug liberalization. How do these people sleep at night?

  • ||

    On top of a pile of money with many beautiful ladies.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Just askin'. Yeesh!

  • nicole||

    I don't know, his special ladyfriend was not so hot.

  • ||

    Maria Wolfcastle?

  • Hugh Akston||

    I'll say! Magic ticket my ass, McBain.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    My mighty heart is breaking. I'll be in the Humvee.

  • nicole||

    His baby mama.

  • BakedPenguin||

    At least she wasn't Skeletor Kennedy.

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  • Caleb Turberville||

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  • ||

    Jeebus Christ. I need to finish my coffee.


  • Caleb Turberville||

    Mah government duz not like tah do lundry in public!

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Worried about Kaliforneeyah being a laughing stock because of MJ legalization?!


  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    I've watched Commando three times this week. It just gets better with each viewing.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Get a load of this: Predator takes place in the same continuity as Alien, which, according to Prometheus takes place in the same continuity as Blade Runner.

  • tarran||


    That explains why the Nostromo was using the same GUI as the flying cop cars in blade runner.

  • ||

    You must be dead tired.

  • ||

    An Epi I've known for years wants me dead...

  • Hugh Akston||

    You know when I was a boy and rock 'n roll came to East Germany, the communists said it was subversive.

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  • Hugh Akston||

    Buzz-cut Alabamians spewing colored smoke from their whiz-jets to the strains of 'Rock You Like a Hurricane'?! What kind of country-fried rube is still impressed by THAT?!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    You're a funny guy, Welchy. I like you.

  • Marty Feldman's Eyes||

    California's a laughingstock because we *didn't* pass prop 19, and because prop 8 did pass. California loves to see itself as a leader, ahead of the curve, and this was a delicious smack down of it's progressive arrogance.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    California's a laughingstock because we *didn't* pass prop 19

    I have been told Californians did not legalize dope because that would take the edgy antiestablishment fun out of smoking it.

  • Paul Pot||

    To his credit he did sign in the law to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana in 2010.
    In 2011 the murder rate dropped 26% as well as a massive drop in youth crime stats.
    Liberalization of drug laws does reduce crime or at least does not interfere with progress.

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