Because every night of the week, you can turn on the TV and see some ludicrous ODCP ad in which we are told that dope smokers will invariably turn out to be couchbound losers whose entire accomplishment in life will be keeping the snack foods industry afloat. No adult human being seriously believes that is true, in a world where about 75% of the population smokes dope on a semi-regular basis, but we still have to pony up millions of tax dollars a year on these ads which tell us, hey, kids, smoke dope and you'll grow up to be a failure. Or, you know, the greatest Olympic swimmer in the history of the world, maybe.
It's not that I'm really worried about Phelps, as such -- I mean, it's not like he's black, so he won't go to prison or anything -- but this is just another absurd fucking example of the gargantuan hypocrisy of the drug war, and evidence that the only dangerous thing about marijuana is that it's illegal. If it was a proprietary drug made by Glaxo-Welcome, they'd put together a billion-dollar ad campaign showing a highlight reel of the roughly 50 million dope smokers who have gone on to become wealthy, powerful, talented and successful, but since it's a weed that grows in the ground naturally and only makes money for criminals, we'll keep throwing brown people in jail for it and cough loudly and say "HEY LOOK OVER THERE" every time a famous person does it.
Sometimes I wonder what this stupid country would look like if we based our governance of it on how things really are instead of how we pretend they are.