Phelps Toke Highlights Absurd Drug Laws

We elected a president who once smoked, so what's the big deal?
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2009 1:00 PM CST
In this Sept. 8, 2008 file photo, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps is hugged by children after sharing his Olympic experience.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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(Newser) – Poor Michael Phelps, who will have to be punished for something nearly half the country has also done, writes Kathleen Parker in the Washington Post. And poor Sheriff Leon
Lott, who "probably doesn't want to press charges because it's a waste of time and resources." The real problems, says Parker, are outdated drug laws and a misdirected public message.

Famous "former tokers include our current president and a couple of previous ones, as well as a Supreme Court justice, to name just a few," Parker points out. Anti-drug ads that claim marijuana use ensures a jobless future are the real "gateway drug," she contends: They hook kids on the idea that parental warnings are disingenuous.