Cannabis is officially legal in Canada and somewhere out there in the cosmos, Carl Sagan is smiling

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

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