I voted today.
I noticed on the ballot, and then as I've been watching returns, that there is a "Legal Marijuana Now" party.
It sort of reminds me of the "OWL" party from years ago. OWL stood for "Off With Logic, On With Lunacy," and was a fun joke complete with goofy candidate nick names, ala contemporary Roller Derby.
So I'm thinking, sure... I realize there is a constituency out there who would like nothing better than to be able to go out and legally buy weed at a tattoo parlor, head shop, liquor store, or perhaps even a Target. A small, younger constituency, but it exists nevertheless.
I've heard all the arguments I care to listen to regarding how medical statistics are suspect if they question the long term safety of marijuana use. I've heard the tenuous comparisons to alcohol and its abuse, which never seem to take into account the more serious behavioral or mental problems possessed by those who also may happen to drink too much.
Don't get me wrong. I'm the typical American, in that I think as long as you're not doing something to someone against his or her will, and if you're an adult and it's in the privacy of your own home or other non-public place, I say have at it. I think people should be free to smoke themselves into lethargic oblivion if that's how they wish to treat their bodies and minds while they "live in their parents' basement."
But a political party? Come on. Getting to smoke or ingest all the marijuana you want with no fear of legal reprisal is not the only issue being handled by the people running for public office.
Do the candidates and supporters of the Legal Marijuana Now party truly believe that those running on a platform for recreational pot legalization have any qualifications for public service other than opening a window to air out the stench?
I think perhaps a portion of our country has forgotten that there is more at stake at the polls than personal gratification. Things like the future of our country and survival of western culture are a couple that come to mind.