Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Cannabis Should Be Legalized

Just like his hero and television predecessor, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson also finds no reason in science for the weed prohibition.

Aug 19, 2017 - Todd Farmington

Just like his hero and television predecessor, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson also finds no reason in science for the weed prohibition. Tyson is smart enough to know the good that comes with your favorite herb. If the smartest people in the world are calling for the end of prohibition, maybe it’s time everyone listened.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Legalize weed

As one of most well known of living scientists, Tyson is regularly in the media, but this time is a little different. Last week, while answering questions on Facebook Live, it was revealed that Tyson is in favor of cannabis being legalized.

The topic came up after he asked whether Tyson agrees with the late cosmologist Carl Sagan on cannabis policy,

There’s no reason for [marijuana] to ever have been made illegal. I think, if you really analyze it, relative to other things that are legal, there’s no reason for it to ever have been made illegal in the system of laws.

The answer was in response to a question submitted by Tom Angell – of the pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority – during a Facebook Live event with co-host Chuck Nice. He also added, “I mean, alcohol is legal, and it can mess you up way more than smoking a few Js.”

But, unlike Sagan, Tyson doesn’t see weed as the best path to enlightenment. While Sagan smoked recreationally and medically (the latter being towards the end of his life,) his modern day counterpart tends not to smoke.

If you’re in an altered state, you can think something is good that you just created, but it really isn’t. For me, the least altered state of awareness I can achieve is the one that I seek, because that one is most likely to be closest to reality.

So, instead of passing your blunt to Tyson, just keep smoking and let him explain the stars.

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