“If the citizens of Colorado decide they want to go down that road [legalizing marijuana], that’s their prerogative. I don’t agree with it, but that’s their right.”
Ultra-conservative presidential candidate, Ted Cruz
If marijuana is going to become legal in all states, either through federal or state-by-state changes, we are going to need the support of more than just those who consume cannabis and those who advocate for it. We are going to need the support of those who for purely policy reasons believe that it should be legal. Those policy reasons might include any of the following:
- A belief that individuals, not governments, should be the ones making the choice on whether to consume marijuana or not.
- A belief that the states, not the federal government, should be the decision-maker on whether marijuana should be legal or not.
- A belief that a legal system that arrests African-Americans at least four times as often for marijuana as Whites is unjust and bad for the country and should not stand.
- A belief that there is something really wrong with people in some states getting a criminal record for doing what people in other states can do legally.
- A belief that it makes no sense for someone to get a criminal record for smoking pot.
- A belief that marijuana should be treated no differently than alcohol, for various reasons.
- A belief that marijuana should be treated no differently than cigarettes, for various reasons.
- A belief that marijuana should be treated no differently than ice cream, for various reasons.
- A belief that it is a waste of taxpayer dollars and government resources to arrest and prosecute anyone for marijuana.
- A belief that marijuana should be legalized so that businesspeople and citizens can profit from it, rather than criminals.
- A belief that marijuana should be legalized so that states and municipalities can tax it.
The point is that we should accept allies on the legalization issue no matter what their reasoning and even if they do not “like” it.
Do you agree?