The reason the position of many liberals against legalized marijuana is hard to rationalize is that it isn't rational. If public usage of marijuana is an issue, the logical way to address it is by regulating public usage.
California's marijuana legalization initiative, Proposition 19, didn't win a majority of votes yesterday but it already represents an extraordinary victory for the broader movement to legalize marijuana.
If Prop 19 wins, more states will follow California's lead -- just as they did after Prop 215 passed 14 years ago. The White House's veiled threat to stand in the way of its implementation is mostly smoke and mirrors.
Despite similarities to liquor prohibition, the drug war actually functions more like the Cold War used to. It's an almost-hidden, infrequently debated structuring device that affects every aspect of American politics, culture, and society.
Please California, don't elect Meg Whitman as our Governor. For real. Don't do it. I have children that live here in this state and I don't think we can stand another "tough yet fair" Republican corporatist.
A group of medical marijuana dispensaries has come out against Prop 19, California's "Tax and Regulate Cannabis" initiative to legalize marijuana. Are they misinformed or deliberately lying? I don't know anymore.
The pharmaceutical industry does not want marijuana to be legal. Neither does the alcohol industry, which is spending money to defeat Prop 19. They want a few more dollars for their shareholders, but I want my best friend back.