Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, among the most well-known living scientists this side of Stephen Hawking, said this week that "there's no reason for marijuana to ever have been made illegal."
The remark came in response to a question submitted by Tom Angell of the pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority. Angell asked Tyson if he agreed with astrophysicist Carl Sagan that marijuana should be legalized.
"If you really analyze it," Tyson said, "relative to other things that are legal, there's no reason for it to ever have been made illegal in the system of laws."
"That is extremely rational, which I expect from you, and you're absolutely right," replied host Chuck Nice.
"Alcohol is legal," Tyson added, "and it can mess you up way more than smoking a few J's."