Roseanne Barr once ruled the TV airwaves. In the 1989-1990 season her eponymous sitcom Roseanne, which served as an ode to lower-class living, was number one in the national Nielsen ratings, and now over two decades later, she seeks to obtain the highest political office in the land as she’s running for President of the United States. One of Barr’s primary platforms is to legalize marijuana and for that she garnered an endorsement from NORML this week.
NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre told TMZ that their organization supports any candidate "who will adopt a pro-cannabis law reform plan as part of their political platform. NORML welcomes Roseanne's public support for ending a failed 74-year-old cannabis prohibition."
The 59-year-old Barr, who presently resides in both California and on a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii, originally announced her decision to run for president in August 2011 on an episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, then registered with the Federal Election Commission as a Green Party candidate in January, formally declaring her candidacy for the Green’s 2012 presidential nomination on February 2.
Politically, both Sarah Palin and Occupy Wall Street have inspired Barr. After announcing that she will seek the Green Party's nomination, Barr told reporters: "The Democrats and Republicans have proven that they are servants - bought and paid for by the one percent - who are not doing what's in the best interest of the American people."
Barr’s drive to legalize may be her most realistic platform; she also said she plans to erase all credit card and homeowner debt as well as all student loans - good luck with that. Hopefully Barr’s present policies towards pot will be more realistic than her sitcom’s treatment of the subject in an 1993 episode in which a 20-year-old stash of weed is depicted as being more potent than LSD, with the characters freaking out and seeking solace in the bathtub. It seems Barr has matured when it comes to cannabis and her high-profile candidacy should create much-needed debate on the subject during the 2012 election.