Henry Rollins Talks Legal Marijunana: 'Smoking Pot Is a Monumental Waste of Time'

"Is marijuana any better or worse than alcohol and tobacco?" the singer asks.

Henry Rollins Talks Legal Marijunana: 'Smoking Pot Is a Monumental Waste of Time'
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As the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in the state of Colorado is still making massive headlines, Henry Rollins decided to share his two cents on the whole matter, dubbing cannabis smoking a "monumental waste of time."

"I think smoking pot is a monumental waste of time, so I don't do it," the singer kicked off his LA Weekly blog post. "However, I am not at all interested in keeping you from it. If America can regulate, tax and sell alcohol and tobacco - two wildly addictive and potentially harmful substances - you would think legalizing marijuana shouldn't be an insurmountable hurdle. I think it will be a slow and costly process."

Rollins continued with a question, "Is marijuana any better or worse than the aforementioned celebrated intoxicants? If you ask this question, you are met with decades of America's back pages. The 'war on drugs' is not only a deeply invested revenue stream, it allows law enforcement incredible bending and stretching of probable cause and violations of protections afforded by the Fourth Amendment."

Focusing on alcohol and tobacco, Henry described both substances as "very important to the American identity. They are macho, kickass, old-school, working-class and, most important, eternally conjoined with violence," he added, along with a question: "How many small cigars did Clint Eastwood go through shooting all his Westerns?"

Going back to marijuana, the singer commented that cannabis is "much, much harder sell. Yes, white Americans smoke it by the ton, literally, but there is still a widely held and energetically maintained perception that it's a black/brown (and obviously criminal) man's stimulant. Now that some weed companies are publicly traded, watch that change."

After noting that "for some parents, the thought of their kid drunk is cause for concern but the idea that they smoked weed and are high reeks of failure," Rollins focused on the legal part, adding that "on the federal level, marijuana is not only an illegal drug, under the Controlled Substances Act, it is a Schedule I Controlled Substance, right there with heroin and LSD. So Colorado has basically thumbed its nose at the Obama administration and given Attorney General Eric Holder a very public wedgie."

In conclusion, Henry pointed out how "it is very difficult to tell Americans that they can't do something," adding that "change is hard but the times are indeed changing."

As Huffington Post reports, legal marijuana sales have grossed a total of $5 million within the first week. The projected annual sales of $600 million could earn the state almost $70 million in taxes.

Does Mr. Rollins have a point here and "is marijuana any better or worse than alcohol and tobacco?" Also, what are your thoughts on cannabis legalization in general?

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    UndeadSon
    I was going to write "If you break it down, everything you do in this wast universe is waste of time". Then I realized it would make me sound like I was high.
    SamReavley
    Smoke pot, take drugs and drink alcohol if you want to. If you don't want to...well, don't. It's not hard.
    Unf
    By the way, my dealer gone missing, can anyone help me to "waste my time" in Moscow?
    acdcfan34
    Yeah, that would be all fine and dandy if those people kept to themselves and didn't get into cars after, etc. It affects more people than just themselves.
    KingKrisKhan
    Then you should ban incompetence. Straight up dumb sons of bitches get in cars and kill people every day...and they're sober.
    cellofreak42
    First of all, high driving, while not advisable, is still safer than drunk driving. Second, how many news stories have you heard about people getting into accidents while high? Nobody wants to drive anywhere when they're stoned….
    acdcfan34
    I was referring more to the drinking and other drugs part of what he said. And as for pot, like Rollins said, it's really not that exciting. And the amount of gang related shit that causes violence isn't worth it. I knew I would get downvoted because people love their pot.
    third(-)eye
    You're getting downvoted because your facts are screwy. People are already driving under the influence even with pot being illegal, do you really think significantly more people will start doing the same if it's decriminalized? Keep in mind DUI is still illegal in both scenarios.
    cbabb7
    This is just a dumb comment all around. Some things are deeper for others little boy.
    RnFnR95
    his comment was the truth. your comment was the dumb one little man
    cbabb7
    Haha you guys are so dumb. Its the most generic, thoughtless comment. I should just go around to every article saying "Hey if you like Pantera (or whatever), listen to them. If you don't...don't", and then get the "gold medal". You guys are too easily impressed.
    guitarist5477
    I believe it's a general comment that applies to the general American public. Yes there are special cases and deeper things, but those cases are not the majority of pot use/alcohol. You weren't supposed to take his comment and over think it.
    peachesenregali
    Nobody said it was a well informed comment and I'm sure nobody was impressed. It just wasn't as stupid as your comment little buddy.
    RylanThePotato
    This logic makes no sense, "I've heard this comment said many times therefore it's stupid and not a smart thing to say" is there like a limit on how many times a certain phrase can be said before it's deemed false and unintelligent?
    filipe26
    It is not like this in all situations. There are times when peoples lives are too ****ed up for they to survive without drugs.
    acdcfan34
    Drugs won't solve their problems, they just "mask" them. Sorry if I sound like a guidance counselor lol, but it's true.
    Scorpyin
    He never said drugs will solve their problems. He's merely stating that without drugs (yes, selling them) a lot of people would straight up starve and die. I'm not defending or condoning it. I like and would use drugs, but in moderation, like anything.. Yes, I'm sure anyone can get a real job and real experience, but it's not that simple all the time. Some people are merely in the wrong place at the wrong time. Should we be punishing them and putting them into prisons.. Legalizing it will actually help these people because they can get legit jobs doing what they already do, and won't be put into a prison for doing the only thing available to them to do.
    Iommianity
    As someone who smokes pot, I'm not sure where I'm supposed to find the controversy in what Rollins said. He thinks it's a waste of time, and for someone who runs around engaging in different forms of media, it probably is a waste of time and completely counter productive to the kind of energy and focus he needs. Nothing he said infringes upon my rights, beliefs or actions, and the fact that the rest of the article consists of logical points and common sense means most people complaining are just sore that he said something about pot. We don't have to take every contrary opinion as a personal attack or challenge.
    third(-)eye
    I also smoke pot, and it's because it opened my eyes to new ways of looking at the world and stimulates my creativity. And it helps with my anxiety. So for me, I don't think it's a waste of time at all, especially since I only do it once every week or two.
    sean.i.billings
    Not really. I agree with you, for the most part, but I think that people have a reason to be upset because there is a difference between saying that something IS a waste of time, and that something would waste their time. It is all semantics, really, but I don't think that people aren't justified for being upset. As others have pointed out, if "smoking pot" was replaced with "playing music", it would seem absurd to call it a "monumental waste of time", considering the impact it has on some people's lives and our culture, in general.
    Iommianity
    I don't care about semantics. If people's only point is that Rollins didn't preface everything he said with a giant IMO, they're silly and pedantic. No one has a reason to be upset unless they think their ego is challenged. Henry Rollins thinking weed is a waste of time means nothing other than Henry Rollins thinks weed is a waste of time. If he didn't think it was a waste of time, or if he thought there was an upside to him personally doing it, he probably would. People need to take responsibility for their own actions and feelings and account for them. There's no burden on anyone to sugar coat their opinion if they're speaking exclusively for themselves. People need to deal with contrary opinions far better than they do. It's not like Rollins' problem with weed is that other people like it when he doesn't. As far as people trying to point out hypocrisy in his not finding music to be a waste of time, that's beyond dumb. Do you really think it's unreasonable for someone to have two honestly different preferences, developed through time and experience, or do you really want Henry Rollins to hold your hand through the nuances of his opinion?
    Portugeezer31
    You can't put cannabis in the same class as Heroin. How ridiculous is that. Shame propaganda is what got it banned in the first place. Cannabis could be the answer to a lot of the financial debt countries like Greece and Spain find themselves in, and likely reduce crime. Uruguay as country recently legalised cannabis, hopefully the UK do the same. I will say this, don't be dependent on weed, that's a mistake a lot of people make. Smoke smart people.
    xxdarrenxx
    You can smoke pot, prostitution, and get married as a gay couple here in the Netherlands, and we are economically and socially one of the most stable countries in the world. Are we magical? no, we are just people. All this stuff is propaganda and fear spread by American media who are just afraid of the unknown. Give stuff a chance, and you will see that a country does not get ****ed up. Stupid people will do stupid things, whether it's legal or illegal.
    iommi600
    Uruguay has just legalized it. Of course, Uruguay is a small country (therefore it's easier to control things like this) and etc, but it's a good example of how to organize it, sell it, etc etc. I see no problem with legalizing marijuana. It's way less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, legalizing it can be a sharp blow to the head of the "war on drugs" (by the way, it isn't the priority of 2/3 governments in this world to end it, since they actually profit from it), etc etc. Hell, marijuana can even be used to treat lots of diseases. PS: some people really need to stop looking at marijuana the same way they look at cocaine and crack. That'd be a part of the problem solved.
    iommi600
    Also, I know that complaining of our lovely UG's headlines is a waste of time, but... the fact that Rollins thinks that smoking weed is a waste of time is the most irrelevant part of his argument, yet UG made a headline out of it to draw more attention to the article. Tabloid alert, tabloid alert. *rings the alarm*
    Iommianity
    Literally the next part of the quote is "so I don't do it." It's amazing what a shoddy headline can do for people's perception. It's not like thinking something is a waste of time takes away from the enjoyment of others, it's simply a justification for why you choose not to do something.
    happysmilyguy
    If people smoke weed instead of getting drunk then drunken violence will dramatically fall, and I've never seen anyone get violent from being high on weed. But in the same way becoming dependent can ruin your life, so can becoming dependent on weed. Just don't be an idiot. Speaking of which, putting weed in the same class as heroin is most certainly idiotic. Thinking about it, is the smoking of it as bad for you as cigarettes? If so, hash brownies all the way!
    Paperjace
    Here's how it is, folks: - People are going to use marijuana whether its legal or not, whether you like it or not. - Weeds affects everyone differently. - Based on my experience, its addictive psychologically, not physically. Meaning you can get addicted to it much like someone gets addicted to a video game or someone they have a huge crush on. If you're lazy because you smoke weed all the time, its because you're just ****ing lazy. - The reasons its illegal is because the government are 1.) STILL getting over the stigma from racial profiling. 2.) Since marijuana is so easy to grow/cultivate, they have no easy way of controlling it and taxing it. Right now, the best way to control it is to completely outlaw it. It's purely a money thing. Marijuana will be legal when the social misconceptions have been debunked.
    aarondoy9
    Outlawing it wasn't about controlling it, it was about allowing stake holders in companies that would be competing with it to get rich, along with racial profiling. No one has ever died because of marijuana. How many people have died because of alcohol and tobacco?
    Skyvalve2012
    I support the legalization, but I don't support the drug. AT ALL.
    ryanbwags
    Gotta agree with you there. I personally don't like it, but it shouldn't be in the same class as heroin. Can't remember the last time I heard of that person that accidentally ODed on weed and died.
    peachesenregali
    I smoked a joint once...now I'm addicted to Heroin.
    morbidguitar
    FACT: Listening to Henry Rollins is a monumental waste of time!
    Kornholic
    Stoner alert! Go back to procrastinating and listening to your jams, duuuude.
    tyep
    thats unfortunate. Ive smoked weed for years and have never had any desire to try heroin. I smoked a joint once, and then another. Still opiate free
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