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Pot at the Polls: Oregon, Alaska Cast Pivotal Votes on Legal Marijuana
Residents of Oregon and Alaska will decide whether to follow Colorado and Washington, which in 2012 approved the world’s only regulated markets in the drug. The vote could double the number of states where adults can buy, sell, and consume cannabis—which includes marijuana in all its forms—and set the table for 2016, when at least six more states are expected to decide whether to tax and regulate what President Nixon once called “the scourge of youth.”
Tuesday is also a big day for marijuana in the District of Columbia and Florida. Residents of the capital are expected to pass a measure that would allow adults 21 and over to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, and grow up to six plants in their homes. Floridians, meanwhile, are expected to vote down a measure that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.
originally posted by: Bobaganoosh
I am all for the legalization of this plant. It has been shown to have a usefulness and versatility that is unrivaled in the plant kingdom.
I know it can be misused and even abused, but so can a spork in the hands of an idiot. The biggest problem I can see in trying to get this plant legalized is this. In all of my research, I cannot find one candidate that supports legalization that I would vote for. It is an important cause for me, as I am tired of seeing lives ruined, not by the plant, but the Prohibitionist system. But there are many important causes that are being fought for in this country.
I can't see myself voting for a thinly veiled socialist who happens to support legal cannabis, but will further erode the rights and freedoms I was supposed to have all along. Sad state of affairs really, but we must fight for what is most important first and work our way down from there. I cannot tell anybody what is most important.
Just my opinion.
I know it can be misused and even abused, but so can a spork in the hands of an idiot