Meghan McCain is going through a transformation most people experience at an age ten years younger. We noticed in April that McCain's tweets suggested she'd adopted some kind of high school reading list, with all her quoting of On the Road, Hunter S. Thompson, and Bob Dylan. This month, at age 27, she's graduated to the quintessential freshman dorm room experience: the epiphany that marijuana isn't as evil as you learned in D.A.R.E. "Let me put it right out there," McCain writes at The Daily Beast Monday. "Yes, I have smoked marijuana a few times in the past... It is a plant that makes me mellow and giggly and, quite frankly, tired." Back in 2009, McCain was still spouting anti-marijuana propaganda. When asked at University of Massachusetts whether she supported legalization, she said no, because she felt it was a "gateway drug." Many studies have shown this to be false. But, like so many teens, she did not experience this epiphany until she took her first puff.
Over the course of the last four years, in discussions with friends pro and con, I believe the legal ramifications of possessing marijuana are egregious. For one reason, I think it is a substance that does no more damage than alcohol does, and second, if we legalized marijuana in this country and taxed the hell out of it, our economic problems would at least be temporarily helped a great deal. In fact, you could even use the revenue stream to pay for universal health care if you wanted.
I’m the daughter of one of the most long-standing senators in politics and I have been given every opportunity that anyone could possibly dream of. I was given those opportunities as a result of the hard work from both sides of my family. What struck me more than anything is that for the first time possibly in history, people aren’t being given the same opportunities that my parents and grandparents had.