Ted Nugent says that "Canada is absolutely crazy" for its decision to legalize marijuana, explaining that he has "never seen one moment of positive outcome from someone getting high."
Starting in October, Canada became the highest-profile country to not only decriminalize cannabis possession and use, but to tax, regulate and monitor its growth, distribution and sale.
Though a majority of the states of the United States of America have adopted some form of legal weed, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level in the USA.
Asked if he would welcome American cannabis legalization or if "Canada is crazy" to sanction a fully legal recreational marijuana marketplace, Nugent told "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" (hear audio below): "Canada is absolutely crazy. I love my Canadian friends, but [Canadian Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau is comfortably numb, and when you're comfortably numb, you make stupid decisions. And I would just propose to you that after 70 years of an American Dream, of being the best that I can be and forced by disciplining parents that loved me to be the best that I can be, I have never seen one moment of positive outcome from someone getting high."
He continued: "Who do you want high? Your babysitter? How about your kids' school bus driver? How about your pilot? How about your dentist comfortably numb? How about the cops high?
"It's unbelievable that you could possibly witness the heartbreak and destroyed lives from people being comfortably numb and high, and the loss of life and the loss of dignity in the tragic vapor trail of substance abuse, and then actually pursue it," he said.
"I'm all for medical marijuana, I'm all for medical anything, as long as it's really beneficial to people suffering from health issues, but to legalize recreational comfortably numb is a guaranteed script for ruined lives," Nugent argued.
"The recreational drug legalization in Colorado has created a near-two-hundred-percent increase in highway fatalities and injuries and just all kinds of tragedy and heartbreak and ruined lives and destruction. I'm not for any of that. I'm for being the best that you can be, which can only be accomplished when you call upon all your gifts from God to maximize your awareness, your conscientious behavior and accountable conduct, so that you can be an asset to your family, neighbors, fellow man and the good earth, instead of a comfortably numb liability.
"Now, people will squawk and piss and moan that I'm a nasty guy and I'm against freedom and against individual choice," Nugent added. "Well, I'm all for freedom, but if that includes shitting in the water upstream from my pursuit of happiness, you're gonna have to relocate your shitting procedures. You can't poop upstream from my American Dream, or my Canadian Dream. You have to poop somewhere where it doesn't flow downstream to other people's lives. And in the use and the abuse of substances, I'm sorry — there are no winners. Period."
Although Canada became the second country to make it legal for adults to buy, grow and consume small amounts of marijuana, it also made it a crime to give it to anyone younger than 19 or 18, depending on the province, and set a penalty of up to 14 years in prison for doing so, according to The New York Times.
Nugent is promoting his latest album, "The Music Made Me Do It", which was released on November 9 via Round Hill Records. Ted's first studio album in four years features Greg Smith (BILLY JOEL, ALICE COOPER, RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW) on bass, Jason Hartless (JOE LYNN TURNER, MITCH RYDER) on drums, and the Motor City Madman himself on lead guitar and vocals.