Tag: medical marijuana

What Should I Have Said?

Governor McCrory Chats With Constituent
Governor McCrory Chats With Constituent

Everybody remembers when they were the target of an off-color remark, or on the defensive in an argument with a friend or neighbor. It is always five minutes later, or even the next day when we finally think of the reply we should have made, but missed a great opportunity to settle things. Well, I had a similar feeling this weekend after visiting  friends in the North Carolina town of Black Mountain. The governor of the state made a drive-by visit, glad-handing folks and offering himself for photo opportunities.

My host and I were in two of the stores in downtown Black Mountain that the governor visited. It was interesting to watch the process unfold. It was just like what we see on tv, the state executive greeting people, and pausing for pictures. It was tempting to get into one of the lines to chat with the gentleman.

Hardware Store In Downtown Black Mountain, NC
Hardware Store In Downtown Black Mountain, NC

No, I did not moon the governor. I didn’t even approach the good man to introduce myself. Since I am from Georgia, and he is the governor of North Carolina, I felt the best use of his time was schmoozing local voters. I am sorry I did not take the opportunity. He had no way of knowing where I was from, and he would not have questioned me on that score.

Right after the governor left one store, I did introduce myself to some of the local store employees as the Governor of Georgia. I think one lady believed me.

My retrospective intent is not honorable, either. Looking back, I wonder just what statement or question I could have made that would totally surprise His Honor. He is such a nice looking guy, energetic and caring for the populace. What could I have said, or asked, that would have ruined his day?

My first thought was the following contemporary subject: “What is your position on medical marijuana?” Now, this is not as contentious as it used to be, but the follow-up question could bring things into sharp focus, as “So, you are for legalizing all drugs?

If you are in a liberal town like the one I was visiting, you would think that the governor would be expecting something like the marijuana gambit. You could use the more risky opener, “What is your position on legalizing prostitution?” Some of us guys might think that funny, but one should be careful when asking the governor a question such as this. Television cameras could capture you in the act of being pummeled by the governor’s security detail. Things could get messy.

Of course, there is always the old, “Your fly is open.” line. It works every time.

I would like to hear other off-the-wall questions or comments for politicians. What are your favorites?

The War On Marijuana Is Lost

The government’s war on cannabis is basically lost. We should not be kidding ourselves about what is going on. I know that millions of people will not admit this fact, but it is true.

Medical marijuana is now legal to some degree in the following states and the District of Columbia.

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Connecticut
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Delaware
  8. Hawaii
  9. Maine
  10. Michigan
  11. Montana
  12. Nevada
  13. New Jersey
  14. New Mexico
  15. Oregon
  16. Rhode Island
  17. Vermont
  18. Washington

Whatever reasons you have against the use of cannabis, the legalization of weed is gaining strength in the nation. I believe that in the next five years, marijuana will be legal in a majority of the states. A Gallup poll in 2011 showed that over 50% of people in the US favor legalizing cannabis.

Interestingly, a Los Angeles Times article recently reported that eighty percent of Californians support the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Yet fifty percent of Californians oppose the total legalization of the use of cannabis. In most polls the largest group of people opposing any use of cannabis is the Senior Citizens. Why do you thing that is?

There are several other states with legislation favorable to medical marijuana pending. They are:

  1. Illinois
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Missouri
  4. New York
  5. Ohio
  6. Pennsylvania

If the legislation passes in those states, there will be 23 states where medical marijuana is legal or decriminalized to some degree. The half-way mark for medical marijuana is only two states away from reality.

States where medical marijuana legislation has failed are listed below.

  1. Alabama
  2. Idaho
  3. Indiana
  4. Iowa
  5. Kansas
  6. Maryland
  7. Mississippi
  8. New Hampshire
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Tennessee
  11. West Virginia
  12. Wisconsin

This is one case where we should not be obsessing over the use of a drug. In my opinion we should totally legalize marijuana and take the criminal element out of it. It has never made sense to put people in prison for using drugs, and it makes even less sense putting people in prison for smoking marijuana. If somebody has an accident while high on a drug, then you can prosecute them as drunk drivers. It is the same principle.

It becomes a real problem for the federal government if most states legalize the use of cannabis. We will have to decide the wisdom and worth of the rights of sovereign states versus the right of the federal government to regulate. Interestingly, Attorney General Eric Holder’s policy is to not prosecute users, but to prosecute dealers. This is his way to not confront the power of the sovereign states, and to keep most of the Department of Justice out of jail.

According to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the ACA case, the federal government does not have the freedom to regulate commerce as they once thought. It will be interesting to see a marijuana case before the Supreme Court, and what the liberal judges say about that. I believe they would vote to legalize pot because most of them lived on weed while in college and law school. That’s what liberals and lawyers do.

What do you think about legalizing marijuana, or any other drug?