Despite being loyal and loving fans of his brave stance on the insane War on Drugs, we hadn't heard the much-admired Mr. Maher utter the words "I smoke pot" until his 2005 HBO special "I'm Swiss." Maher backed away from his self-outing a bit when Terri Gross interviewed him during his book tour for New Rules, but just afterwards the promos for "Real Time" on HBO promised Bill "knows the difference between high alert and being high."
Maher put it well at the 2002 NORML conference when he said, "I'm getting tired of being treated like a criminal or a second class citizen by people who through their preference for liquor or pills for mood alteration show not a superiority of taste but an inferiority."
Mark Twain said, "Against the force of laughter, nothing stands." Keep 'em laughing, Bill, and if you are an example of how smart a pot smoker can be, no wonder the government doesn't want it legal.
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