The ONDCP blog is touting their latest set of anti-drug ads. Each one depicts a fictional job title—Burrito Taster, Couch Security Guard, TV Remote Control Operator—and concludes with the tag line “Hey, not trying to be your mom, but there aren’t many jobs out there for potheads.”
The obvious flaw with this argument is the plenty of pot smokers have gone on to really great jobs. One of them, in fact, is going to be President of the United States in a couple of months.
I thought it would be a great idea to come up with a list of people with pretty impressive jobs who have smoked up, but Radley Balko beat me to it:
Barack Obama, president-elect. Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the U.S. John Kerry, U.S. Senator and 2004 Democratic nominee for president. John Edwards, multi-millionaire, former U.S. Senator, and 2004 Democratic nominee for vice president. Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska, 2008 Republican nominee for vice president. British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly, and and Chancellor Alistair Darling. Josh Howard, NBA all-star. New York Governor David Paterson. Former Vice President, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Oscar winner Al Gore. Former Sen. Bill Bradley, who smoked while playing professional basketball. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and former New York Governor George Pataki. Billionaire and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Read the whole thing.