Maher was criticizing today's parents, some of whom, he added use prescription medications to “control their kids.” He was speaking about drugs such as Adderall and the like. Maher suggested that instead of medication, actual parenting might help. He said,
“This Halloween stop fretting that some stranger is going to put drugs in your kids candy. And put them in there yourself. C’mon, this is America. Acid will be the healthiest thing they eat all day. Do it! Put drugs in the Halloween candy
“We all know that too much of any drug can cause permanent damage. Just look at Rush Limbaugh. You can’t just decide to give a bunch of innocent, drug-free kids some sort of psychedelic. What if it interacts badly with their Wellbutrin, their Abilify, their Adderall, their Ritalin and their Monster Energy Drink.
"The kids are on drugs, all right, the problem is they are on the wrong drugs. ... These drugs are all about about keeping ratty children in check, or as we used to call it, parenting."
Maher also brought up the late Steve Jobs, considered a tech genius by many. Jobs was very open about his past drug use, including LSD. Maher went on to reminded viewers that some of the most creative people of the last few decades were drug users.
"When Steve Jobs was young, the drug of choice was acid, and Jobs told his biographer that dropping acid as a young man was one of the best things he ever did. Because when he took it with his girl friend, the wheat fields started playing Bach. Which is pretty unbelievable. A computer nerd had a girlfriend?
"Maybe there’s not a connection between LSD and genius, but it’s something no great American ever said about a Kit-Kat bar. If it weren’t for acid, you might not have an iPod, and you definitely wouldn’t have some of the best music in your iPod."
Watch the segment from the Oct. 28 Real Time, below.