Giuliani's ‘Leadership’: You Can Put Your Weed in It

A funny thing happened the other day at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. We had some time to kill while waiting for our train, so we went over to Hudson News with the intention of flipping through Rudy Giuliani's Leadership and reading over some of our favorite bits, since we tend to feel about Leadership the way some people feel about the Bible (and by "some people" we mean "atheists"). But when we picked it up, we noticed the paperback was ever-so-slightly puffier than usual. And that's when we saw it: Carefully tucked between pages 146 and 147 was a bag of pot. Not a big bag — just a small one, with some seeds and stems and one bud that would be smokable, if one happened to have a one-hitter in one's possession. But what did it mean? Is the book a weigh station on the Underground Pot Railroad? Or was it a quiet yet powerful statement against the anti-marijuana stance Giuliani displayed this past summer? "I'm very opposed to any form of legalizing marijuana," Rudes said when advocates of legalizing the drug for cancer patients questioned him in New Hampshire this July. "I think it's a mistake. I think — and I know a lot about this particular area for a lot of reasons." [Ed. note: ?!] "Marijuana is a very dangerous substance … a very, very serious addictive drug that particularly harms lots and lots of young people. And we should keep it illegal. And I would keep it illegal." Maybe in the past few months, his views have changed? "He hasn't said anything publicly on the topic, that I am aware of, since then," says campaign spokesman Jeffrey Barker. It's a koan for our time.

Giuliani Blasts Medical Marijuana Supporters [Boston Globe]