Canada just became the first industrialized nation to legalize recreational cannabis. Too bad Carl Sagan — astronomer, cosmologist, television star and low-key stoner — didn’t live to see the day.
As you can tell by this snippet from an essay he penned for the book “Marihuana Reconsidered” way back in 1971 (hat tip: the Big Think blog), Sagan would have certainly applauded the news from the north:
‘The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.’
We didn’t know that those words