Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 GOP Vice President got on the radio on Thursday to comment on many things, one of which was marijuana.
“I look on the national scene and think, wow, of all things to be fighting over and battling over, especially when it comes to medical marijuana. I think, hmm, this is just not my baby,” Palin explained to right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt.
Hewitt took a jab at legal cannabis in his home state of Colorado and shared similar disappointment with Palin’s which followed closely behind last year. However, the decision didn’t come as much of a surprise to her.
She credits the recent legalization in the conservative climate of Alaska to their “libertarian streak” of lenient laws on marijuana in the past.
“I grew up in Alaska when pot was legal anyway. It was absolutely no big deal. I mean you didn’t smoke it because your parents would strangle you. And if you were a jock and you were, you know, a Christian going to youth group, you just didn’t do it, right?” Palin recalled on air. “And I still believe that. But when it comes to picking our battles, for many of us in Alaska, legalization of marijuana just was never really a bright blip on the radar screen.”
“If somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems we have in society,” she suggests.
This is not the first time that Palin has shown little interest in keeping cannabis illegal. Back in 2010 before Alaskan voters chose in favor of recreational marijuana, she called the drug a “minimal problem.”