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Mar
10

And now for something completely predictable…

One thing I’ve found after living up here for a year is that everyone knows people who have been in trouble with the law over possession, transportation or growing.  Everyone.   Many people.  Trouble.

And now, you have the power to make that stop.

Initiative to Legalize Marijuana Qualifies for November Ballot!

No, it doesn’t sound perfect.  Yes, it might make it a little more difficult to make money growing weed.  Nothing good comes easy, though, and getting the police out of the business of making people miserable over this particular harmless activity is worth a few moments of attention.

I have to say, though, that first line of that article caught me a little off guard:

State election officials announced Wednesday that an initiative to legalize marijuana will be on the November ballot, triggering what will likely be an expensive, divisive and much-watched campaign to decide whether California will again lead the nation in softening drug laws.

We can’t even have one full celebratory sentence.  Congratulations, and here are the people who are going to do everything they can to harsh your mellow.  At first I thought – who’s really going to spend millions to oppose an incremental push forward for a movement that’s already snowballing across the country?  Where’s the upside to that?

Then I reflected on all of those dumbasses who’ve been trying to make it sound like extending basic health care to poor people would violate the constitution and destroy the nation.  Yeah, those same kinds of people are going to be coming out of the woodwork to say the same dumb shit about legalizing small amounts of weed.   Maybe not the same exact people, but you say dumbass and I say moron – it’s all just a variation on a theme.

And the worst part is that the people who make their money from magnifying conflict are going to hand those morons a bullhorn, devote airtime to showing them having a tantrum and repeat every word they say ad nauseum.   Just like they’ve been doing for the people who think the founding fathers risked their lives just so that one day, we’d be free to draw little Hitler mustaches on placards of the president and shout bigoted comments at gay people and black people who happen to have been elected to office.

Whatever.  At least I’ll get to vote.

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1 Response to “And now for something completely predictable…”


  1. 1 SoHumBorn
    April 15, 2010 at 11:23 am

    While I’m not thrilled about what this bill does and doesn’t have in it. I think the fact that things are moving toward full legalization is very hopeful.
    I’ve lived here my entire life & my heart breaks every time another friend goes to jail. I can’t even keep track of how many of my friends and loved ones have been in trouble anymore.
    What a sad waste.
    Just this morning I read in the news about a man in Georgia who was arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana released & arrested again that same day with another small stash of weed. Now held without bail. What a silly waste of time and money.
    P.S.
    I’m really enjoying your blog.


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