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February 4, 2008

Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) — Pot-Smokin’ Hippie?

by Brad Warbiany

You know, many of us who might consider a run in politics have that hidden worry, that someday some old buddy might come out of the woodwork and say “Hey, remember in college when you did X, Y, and Z?” At least, as a libertarian, I don’t have to worry too much about that, because I would at least be able to say “I would like X, Y, and Z to be legalized, therefore I’m not a hypocrite!”

So I’ll call it some very entertaining schadenfreude to see that Senator Norm Coleman had his old stoner buddy (who happens to now be an attorney) call him out. Norm Coleman’s office sent out form letters condemning marijuana, and it was just too much for his old friend to bear.

So his old buddy ran this ad (based on this, longer, letter) in a number of different publications, asking why the drug that was so good for Senator Coleman, who has obviously gone on to a highly-sought (if not well-respected) career, is so dangerous for others?

I’d like an answer, and I’m sure many other opponents of the drug war would as well. How about it, Norm?

Hat Tip: Radley Balko

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  • Nitroadict

    I remember reading the letter a while ago, and I must admit, I too relished in the schadenfreude of it all.

    “Statists Gone Wild!”
    (Tacky, or a product whose time has come?)

    I would gladly pay money to see an anti-marijuana ad featuring Sen. Coleman (R-MN) as the kid who gets so high, he picks up his dad’s rifle and shoots himself in the head.

    With an implied cross in the background, of course. Yes. That would make it all better.

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