Smoke ’em if you got ’em…if you’re a resident of legal adult age in Washington or Colorado. In what can only be described as an astonishing break from the status quo, President Barack Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder have announced that they have no intention of filing lawsuits to block either state’s recently passed recreational marijuana laws. This is not small news, this is not news that would be second-tier information any other day. This is the tacit approval of recreational marijuana use under similar guidelines to alcohol.
In other words, common sense just got a huge booster shot. Now, the road ahead is still a very long one for marijuana advocates. They now need to get recreational laws passed in all fifty states and then once and for all pot needs to be rescheduled so that it isn’t considered by our government to be as toxic and dangerous as heroin. Then, once all that has been taken care of, it’s time to start releasing and pardoning all non-violent drug offenders who are clogging up our judicial system. As I said, it’s a long, arduous, uphill slog from here, but this news should be a catalyst for change, and the only question is how long it’ll take other states to come on board.
This country’s strange hypocritical relationship with drugs is well-documented. Pot being illegal has been one of those facts of life that everyone feels deep-down is stupid, but that no one felt anything could be done about. That feeling mainly was from decades of anti-pot propaganda. We were told in the wake of 9/11 that buying pot from your local dealer was probably helping to fund Al Qaeda. Though I guess that now we’re going to war on the same side as Al Qaeda that bit of propaganda would have to be changed anyway, wouldn’t it?
For now, let’s just be content to see the first bit of forward momentum on the War on Drugs in a long, long time. Or is it backwards momentum since we’re trying to turn back the clock on it? Regardless, the point is that for decades we just assumed we’d always be living under the stupidity of the War on Drugs, and for all the disappointment I’ve personally had in this president and his administration, I am going to most certainly give him credit for doing what no president before him could do. Sure it’s sad that common sense in a governmental policy is such big news that it warrants kudos, but what can you do? This is the America we live in.
Please smoke responsibly.