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In the last few years, there’s arguably been no celebrity or public figure who has been more outspoken, more poignant and more accurate, when it comes to speaking up about cannabis, than Bill Maher. Since his show, Real Time with Bill Maher, is not on cable television, Maher can and regularly does use his pulpit and his freedom to drop truth about marijuana in America.

For example, few are willing to say something like this:

“Dispensaries still can’t get banking services because they’re too skeevy…the banks, not the dispensaries.”

Unsatisfied with the current snail-like pace of federal legalization, Maher featured Mary Jane in his New Rule segment titled “For the Love of Bud” on Friday February 12. Maher’s goal was to point out that the fight to liberate cannabis globally is far from over, and that so-called legalization “dominos” are far from a sure thing.

“Pot is not like gay marriage. With gay marriage. No one stood to lose money if the law changed. But the war on drugs keeps billions flowing to DEA agents and police and prisons…”

Maher stated as he eloquently and vehemently makes what he calls “obvious pot arguments” throughout his monologue. From explaining that cannabis is much less dangerous than alcohol (or belt asphyxiation during sex for that matter) to rousing Obama for calling weed a “bad habit,” Maher nails these points.

Once his point was made, Maher did what all good late night hosts should do to close their shows: he lit a joint and shared it with his guests. Watch the whole segment here:

The point about gay marriage may resonate the loudest. That battle’s biggest enmities were homophobes and the Westboro Baptist Church, groups far less endowed and with far less political stake than, pharmaceutical companies, tobacco companies, and alcohol companies.

While the majority of Americans report that they want cannabis legalized (58 percent), staying home and ordering Dominoes, keeping their opinions to themselves won’t get it done. Continuing to fight in the polls and in the news for that legalization is the only way to make ground.

Aforementioned companies have a lot to lose when cannabis is legalized federally and they will continue to impede progress as long as we let them. It’s vital for this community to keep these points in mind and “remain steadfast” as we push for even more progress.

Because smoking weed, as Maher puts it, can indeed be a “fantastic habit” — and even better medicine — or much of America.

Bernie Canter

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