Question: Where Do You See Our Nation in the Next 10 Years?

It’s already legal in the state of Washington to recreationally smoke marijuana…
So.

Where do you think we as a nation will be in ten years? Do you think we will progress? Marijuana is still considered a “criminal act” in over half of our US states. Do you think in 10 years, marijuana will be legalized completely?

Just curious.
Leave your comments, I’m interested.

-M

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One comment

  1. Way back in the 1970’s many of us thought we’d see at least widespread, maybe even federal decriminalization if not legalization before 1990. Oregon was first to decriminalize in 1973, here in Colorado decriminalization came in ’75, and by ’78 eight states had decriminalized in some way. It looked like we had some momentum going. Then along came Reagan, who would go on to make Nixon look like a rank amateur.

    So I think the future of cannabis legislation depends most upon the federal government response. If the feds continue to stand aside we’ll probably see continued movement in the direction of legalization, and if the issue somehow manages to remain in the spotlight we might see the feds officially delegating marijuana policy to the states and removal of cannabis from Schedule 1. On the other hand, if we get a crazy right winger in the White House it’ll depend upon if he’s libertarian crazy or authoritarian crazy. If he’s authoritarian crazy, there will be push-back that will probably include the withholding of federal tax disbursement to states who refuse to restore criminal sanctions and enforce federal law, and the storied jack-booted thugs raiding shops and imprisoning their proprietors. If we get a libertarian crazy resident of the White House, we might see removal from Schedule 1 and delegation to the states even faster than we’d get the same with a liberal in the Big Chair. Unfortunately, as convenient as that would be we don’t want to become one-issue voters because that way lies ruin — any despot who seeks power will gladly seize a single issue as his own, regardless of his actual plans and policies, just to acquire the apparent legitimacy of the ballot box, a “mandate”. (Remember that guy who was “a uniter not a divider” who spoke against nation-building and global policing?)

    If you’ll indulge me a tangent, or at least forgive me for it: In my conversations lately I find myself referring often to the history of decriminalization in the states to call attention to the fact that (relatively) liberal cannabis policy has not caused any significant changes at all, let alone big social ills. It’ll be important, I think, to keep pointing that out to those who are undecided on the issue. The anti position is weak, with their currently most successful argument being that “we just don’t know what to expect”. BS. Of course we know what to expect and we don’t need to look outside of our own country to see it. We’ve had decriminalization in some US states for about three decades now, and those states have not experienced the grave social ills the antis are ostensibly so concerned about. Heck, here in Colorado we’ve got a decades long history of being one of the states with the most liberal marijuana laws and relatively high usage rates, and simultaneously being the physically healthiest state in the nation with one of the lowest rates of serious mental illness. BANG! Tell me again about how marijuana causes obesity and psychosis. 😀

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