Carl Sagan Smoked Weed, Advocated Against The War On Drugs

October 9, 2014 | Rhett Jones

Carl Sagan, beloved astronomer and host of the original Cosmos, reportedly also smoked weed and was conversing with friends on how to combat anti-drug propaganda.

The idea of Sagan toking up and looking at the stars should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched the legendary 70s Cosmos or seen this incredible auto-tune remix. This is a man who spent his life contemplating the universe and concluded, “For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”

In his letters to Arnold Trebach, the president of the Drug Policy Foundation, Sagan was disturbed by many aspects of the war on drugs and their inaccurate information campaigns. Among his many good questions he asks, “How do social and economic inequities drive the underprivileged to drug use,” and “how is my attachment to music or my wife different from ‘psychological addiction’?”

Your move Neil Degrasse Tyson.

Read his letters recently published by the Library of Congress and compiled by Marijuana Majority founder Tom Angell via Vox, below. (Photo: Wikimedia)