Hark! Progress! Just when I was beginning to think that Americans were going to fight over the morality of abortion for the rest of the decade, our recent election has shown that people care about other stuff, too! Amazing! In fact, the notion was so new it was downright historic!
In case you haven’t already heard, two states, Washington and Colorado, have both voted to – in short – legalize marijuana. This is huge! But, the drug has been, and still is, outlawed by the federal government.
From the research and conversations I’ve had concerning the subject, the argument against marijuana legalization doesn’t hold much water. I’ve gathered that the ban on weed was imposed not for true fear of national health, not because it was causing any true harm to the nuclear family, but for purely political reasons. Not only that, but alcohol is a far more addictive and harmful drug than marijuana, and was only legalized again because people were going blind because they were illegally making their own.
This is also an excellent opportunity to see what will happen to a state with the “legalize it” laws. Will their prison populations shrink? Will they prosper greatly because of taxes on marijuana? Will parents and children have a new, fun and legal way to bond with each other?
Or will increasingly more Washingtonians engage in risky behaviors such as driving while intoxicated? Will there be a wave of marijuana addiction a la ‘Reefer Madness’ in Colorado?
Only time will tell.
And let us not forget about the first openly gay senator, Tammy Baldwin, and Californians agreeing that sales and income taxes should be raised – which is not a common decision in popular vote.
The coolest thing about all of this is that it shows that voting in local and state elections alike really does something. Huge decisions can be made!
So, whether you are excited for, or hating, the new legislation, remember to keep up with local politics and VOTE.