Another brick off the wall

Maryland Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill.   Read the story here.

The real story, though, is the margin.  The bill passed the MD senate 35-12.    That’s not opposition; that’s just a speed bump.

Writing for the Huffington Post, Ryan Grim points out the national context:

The medical marijuana movement is surging across the country. This year, more than a dozen other states, including New York, Illinois, Delaware, South Dakota, Arizona and Kansas, are considering medical marijuana laws. If present trends continue, more than half the population will soon live in states where medical marijuana is legal.

As more and more states adopt a California-style medical marijuana approach and find that the sky doesn’t fall as a result, it’s going to get harder and harder to make the argument that the sky will fall if pot becomes legal.  The tipping point is probably already somewhere behind us, rather than in front of us.  At this point, it would take active federal opposition to stop this movement, and I don’t see that happening.  Obama hasn’t wanted to show support for legalization (for obvious reasons), but he’s given no indication that he’s going to waste political capital trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube.  And fortunately, his opposition is so cartoonishly absurd that he doesn’t need to posture against marijuana to look serious about governing.

What’s more, the states that continue to treat marijuana as a problem are going to look increasingly foolish, backwards and cruel as more and more of their neighboring states call off the dogs.  Some may decide to hold the line against legalization, but that sort of organized foolishness produces its own politics.   After all, you can still finds dry counties across the country – though mostly in the South – where prohibition rules, but you don’t hear anyone bragging about it.


2 Responses to “Another brick off the wall”

  1. 1 Kym
    April 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Last Spring I predicted to my parent’s that marijuana would legalize in California in 10 years. Now, I’m looking at legalization happening possibly this Fall. Of course, the Tax Cannabis bill isn’t true legalization (anyone can have whatever amount they want) but actually that is helpful for the local growers and I think it is a great first step.

  2. April 11, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I agree. Personally, I’m pretty fond of slippery slopes, and with respect to this issue, I think we’re already sliding pretty fast. I just read two separate articles this morning about proposed legalization in Illinois and Ohio – they’re fighting it out to become the 15th state to approve such legislation. It looks like Ohio lacks the political will to pass it right now, but the article cited a 2009 poll showing “73% of Ohio adults favored allowing medical marijuana.” Ohio politicians might not want to lead, but that poll shows that they’re probably going to be pushed into action by their constituents. And the Illinois case looks even stronger.

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