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Orson Welles on marijuana, prohibition and the Rule of Law.

From Lunch Conversations with Orson Welles:

"America was developed on the idea that your word is your bond. Otherwise, the frontier could never have been opened, ’cause it was lawless. A man’s word had to mean something. My theory is that everything went to hell with Prohibition, because it was a law nobody could obey. So the whole concept of the rule of law was corrupted at that moment. Then came Vietnam, and marijuana, which clearly shouldn’t be illegal, but is. If you go to jail for ten years in Texas when you light up a joint, who are you? You’re a lawbreaker. It’s just like Prohibition was. When people accept breaking the law as normal, something happens to the whole society. You see?"

Welles directed Citizen Kane, widely considered the greatest film of all time, and several other Hollywood pictures. This chat transcript is the first I've seen on his political views.

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