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by Peter Moskos

April 4, 2009

Will Wilkinson Smokes Pot and Likes It

Will Wilkinson interviewed me a while back on Bloggingheads TV.
The Atlantic Monthly’s Andrew Sullivan has been documenting on his blog the stories of typical, productive Americans—kids’ football coaches, secretaries of the PTA—who smoke marijuana because they like to smoke marijuana, but who understandably fear emerging fully from the “cannabis closet.” This is a profoundly necessary idea. If we’re to begin to roll back our stupid and deadly drug war, the stigma of responsible drug use has got to end, and marijuana is the best place to start. The super-savvy Barack Obama managed to turn a buck by coming out of the cannabis (and cocaine) closet in a bestselling memoir. That’s progress. But his admission came with the politicians’ caveat of regret. We’ll make real progress when solid, upstanding folk come out of the cannabis closet, heads held high.

So here we go. My name is Will Wilkinson. I smoke marijuana, and I like it.
Read all of Wilkinson's piece in The Week.


Anonymous said...

I enjoyed your Bloggingheads episode with Will Wilkinson.

You should do a Bloggingheads episode with Ta-Nehisi Coates. He's the writer for The Atlantic who wrote a book about growing up in Baltimore. You two should compare notes.

PCM said...

I like Ta-Nehisi's writing. Both his book and his blog. I've written about it here and here.

I know he knows about my book... and you'd think, given his background, he'd be curious about it.

Maybe he hasn't read it. Or maybe he has read it and simply has nothing nice to say...