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“Right-Wing Nut-Job” Michelle Malkin Loves Marijuana, Hates the Drug War

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Michelle Malkin Photo via

Michelle Malkin Photo via

Michelle Malkin, former sidekick of Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and current radio-show host, blogger at MichelleMalkin.com and media entrepreneur, is a self-proclaimed “right-wing nut-job.” There are many varieties of right-wing nut-jobs in the US. Malkin speaks for the pseudo-Libertarian types who claim that the best political system imposes the fewest restrictions on personal liberty—except when it comes to the liberty of people Malkin disagrees with. For example, she opposes same-sex marriage and reproductive rights because, she argues, rather than enshrining the principles of personal liberty and equality, they “limit” her own religious freedom and right to hold anti-gay, anti-woman beliefs in an atmosphere free of “outside” influence.

Occasionally fake Libertarianism actually shares a political position of true Libertarianism. When this happens to a figurehead right-wing nut-job like Malkin, it makes news as a rare deviation from the party line. Malkin made news when she announced that she supported the legalization of marijuana.

Although the Colorado Springs resident was careful not to vote for the state’s 2012 legal-pot initiative, she did blog a recent column about a trip she and her family took to local pot shops. She bought “10 pre-rolled joints, a ‘vape pen” and two containers of cheese-flavored marijuana crackers (they were out of brownies)”—all for her mother-in-law, whose chemotherapy for advanced melanoma has caused awful nausea and a loss of appetite. “We all agreed that [the pot] helped her immensely.”

The Cannabist, the go-to news site for all things pro-pot in Colorado, has just published an interview with Malkin about how she came to support legalization. Malkin explains that when she met patient-advocates who were demanding medical marijuana to deal with their pain, she simply felt that it was cruel and unjust for the state to deny them treatment. Her personal experience with her mother-in-law’s melanoma confirmed her change of mind. Equally interesting, she says that this revelation led her to re-evaluate the entire War on Drugs and finally to oppose it.

Malkin wraps herself in the Libertarian flag, extolling what she perceives as the native Libertarianism of the legal pot industry. “What [are] they doing? They [are] complaining about the regulations, the bureaucracy, the taxes [on growing and selling marijuana]. Here’s your natural outreach into a nontraditional constituency, right?” Yet the interview is revealing as a rare instance of a basically mean-spirited, self-righteous right-wing nut-job confronting a new idea and embracing it.