Don’t Legalize It
I’ve got bad news … The Man is coming for your stash. Yes, Right Now.
But he’s not coming with handcuffs, no not this time.
The Man has other plans.
The first rumblings of the Plan can be heard in Boise, where Republican legislator Tom Trail (R-Moscow) is leading the “compassionate conservative” charge to legalize medical marijuana.
Expect this to become a trend among libertarian-minded statehouse members. Trail is just the beginning of elected Republicans going unconventionally green. Once these people come to see full legalization is the way, that’s when pot smokers should start getting The Fear.
You see, Their Idea of legalization will be amazingly different from today’s supporters working diligently in California. They will want to control growing operations, like New Jersey, restrict potencies and issue dictates about how much one can have.
Once Cali legalizes it, which I believe is inevitable, officials everywhere will realize that everyone who wanted to engage in recreational smoking was already well-stocked in herb. Even though I expect this issue to ultimately be buoyed by America’s rising libertarianism, it will lead to some insane taxes, especially if smaller municipalities have a say as many still do with alcohol.
When legalization really goes national, one signature could forever change America’s largest unregulated market.
Marijuana consumers should approach with caution.
My worry is that red state officials can’t wait to create a new outback gestapo like the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, ready and willing to put its agents right up in your shit just for enjoying a buzz outside of your home.
In other words, a legal cannabis market could very well be controlled by the same bunch of hard-ass, lizard-brain flat-tops that have been busting kids for decades.
I’m convinced that the best way for reform proponents to proceed is at the city and county level, trying to influence sheriff and district attorney elections to produce policies like those introduced by Philly DA Seth Adams. You call it, “decriminalization.”
A direct appeal to a human’s greed and lust for fame is more effective than crying freedom, joining NORML and sparking up at a park later today. Presented through this lens, marijuana consumers become an ATM machine for law enforcement, ultimately saving time and money on housing and prosecution. That’s the key.
I say, “Don’t Legalize It”.
If grungy hippie types made that a meme, the straights would pay attention.