Thursday, July 31, 2014

Legalize It - Or Not

It's all over. Marijuana will be legalized. There's no need for further debate. Why? Because the New York Times says it's time. Okay, not the paper as a whole, but the six-part series on why the prohibition of Mary Jane certainly lets us know where the editorial board stands. Or leans, with goofy grin and a glazed look in their collective eyes. "We recognize that this Congress is as unlikely to take action on marijuana as it has been on other big issues. But it is long past time to repeal this version of Prohibition." Two big snaps in a zig-zag formation. 
Of course there will still be debate. That's what we do when we're not smoking dope. We argue about smoking dope. That's the thing that's pretty cool about most dope smokers. They don't tend to argue much. They would be happy if everyone just sat down and relaxed a little bit. To that end, the Times pointed to the bill passed last year by Colorado Representative Jared Polis that moved to eliminate Marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act. The irony being that this would actually invite even more control, in terms of taxing and regulating the sale of weed. Only this would put the onus back on the states who would then control the way pot is bought and sold, in the same way that alcohol was returned to legality back in the twenties. 
If that all seems like a lot of work, remember that it's taken forty years for the Controlled Substances Act to wear a little thin, and eighty years since the states all decided to declare pot illegal. And even though the ladies on "The View" are still debating whether or not marijuana is a "gateway drug," as is Stephen Colbert. The discussion inside the New York Times seems to be over. They point to a "changing sentiment" in Congress. 
Of course, the liberal rag that is the Gray Lady has a history of taking up all kinds of crazy left-wing causes, like being against Stand Your Ground laws and the Vietnam War. So, go ahead and start your clock, or at least your sundial, and let's see how long it takes the rest of the country to take up the slack. You know, or not. Whatever. It's cool. 

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