Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More of the Same

Well, looks like we can expect more of the same from the new administration concerning marijuana legislation, and certainly the broader war on drugs. At the Change.gov site they had questions that people could vote on and in turn the administration would respond. The question with the most votes was concerning marijuana legalization, and the response was exactly what I expected.

This is what was posted in response to the question:

Q: "Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and create a billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?" S. Man, Denton


A: President-elect Obama is not in favor of the legalization of marijuana.

This did not come as a surprise to me at all. The people he has been surrounding himself with have already hinted at this kind of stance. It is just 'too risky' of an issue for Obama to take on. He cannot risk letting it come back and bite him. I respect politicians like Ron Paul who will openly say that this is wrong, we are pursuing a failed and harmful strategy, etc. Obama hinted at the fact that he thought medical marijuana should be legalized, but that it would not be very high on his priority list. I believe what he meant to say was "It would not be on my priority list."

If the government wants to restrict certain age groups from purchasing and using certain drugs (alcohol, tobacco, etc.) I can give them that. But if they ban grown adults from inhaling a plant, I just shake my head. It can not be about it being "more dangerous" than other drugs because you just have to look at how many deaths are caused by the legal substance that is tobacco or alcohol, and therefore it must be political. In this day and age, politicians are all about 'fixing' things. They want to fix income distribution and 'spread the wealth.' They want to fix companies that are doomed to fail. They want to fix countries that do not have a democratic setup similar to ours. They want to fix global warming. They want to fix the education system.

The problem is, whenever they try to fix something, they make it worse.

That is why to 'fix' the problems that are caused by making marijuana illegal are so much harder than they should be. It would require government saying "We failed." But of course, no one in government wants to believe that government EVER fails (unless of course, it is the other parties policy). Marijuana legalization is not a partisan issue! Just another example how government fails to serve the people.

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