Listen, I think that legalization of marijuana makes sense. It's a relatively harmless drug (at least when compared with nicotine and alcohol). Just about everybody, save the most priggish among us has tried it. For every hopeless stoner who frittered his life away, we know somebody who is a functional pothead.
Legalization would free up law enforcement for other, more important tasks. It could make room in our crowded prisons, by letting the petty pot dealers go. It could provide a revenue stream by way of taxes for state governments. It might help tamper the mess in Mexico.
But if you think a national politician--let alone the President of the United States--is going to champion the cause, you're freakin' nuts! AmericaBlog has a great post up about this very topic now, chastising those who want to throw Barack Obama under the bus for not sparking up a doobie right there in the White House. It's worth a read.
Obama and marijuana
I've been hearing through the grapevine that a lot of people are upset that Obama didn't come out in favor of legalizing pot today.
What happened was that Obama held his online town meeting today. During that town meeting, he answered some of the most popular questions that regular people submitted on the White House Web site (as judged by the number of votes people gave to each question). One question that got a lot of votes was about legalizing marijuana. In fact, there were several. It appears there was an organized effort to make pot legalization one of the top questions for Obama to answer. . .
Read more at: AmericaBlog