Author and commentator William F. Buckley astutely comments on how outrageous it is that our country spends so much money and time incarcerating people for possessing what is usually a small amount of cannabis. It truly doesn’t make sense, and it is not beneficial for anyone. Those convicted of cannabis possession offenses often face a lifetime of stigma following their arrest — not only social stigma, but also limitations to education and employment. And just for marijuana, a harmless plant that grows naturally. Where’s the sense in that?
What’s more, Buckley was a known conservative, and he is not the only conservative to support legalizing marijuana. Senator John McCain has spoken about the need to legalize, and libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is also a known supporter of legalization. On the liberal end, Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders also support legalization. This shows that legalization is not a party-specific issue — people on all parts of the political spectrum see the value in legalizing cannabis for various uses.
Cannabis is a freedom issue and freedom is an everyone issue. If you’re in one of the nine states voting on cannabis this November, how will you vote?