This post is a response to 4 Geopolitical Hot Points To Watch For In 2014 by Eoghan Burke
In response to an article on the four geopolitical hot points of 2014, to which I made some grim-ish, albeit realistic, comments, here’s short article on the definite high point of 2014.
Look out for marijuana reform and the slow but gradual dismantling of a significant front in the idiotic War on Drugs
Marijuana legislation: look out for marijuana reform and the slow but gradual dismantling of a significant front in the idiotic War on Drugs. Recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington has been made legal. Ditto for Uruguay in Latin America. There’s great momentum behind the movement of decriminalization/legalization of cannabis. Old taboos are getting breached, draconian laws reversed/revised/upgraded to match a newly-found public support for the plant.
Note that there’s mid-term elections in the US this year. Similar initiatives as those passed by Colorado and Washington are getting carried to the ballot by eager citizens across a number of American states.
This will mark part of Obama’s legacy: his selective application of soft power, allowing states to pass groundbreaking legislation such as this. His choice not to involve the federal government in the process is conscious, wise and shrewd.
Ironically, as is typical of US politics (see Bush’s non-intervention policy that resulted in a huge global intervention, Kennedy’s peace policy that oversaw the beginning of the Vietnam War, Reagan’s small-government policy that resulted in a stealthy government enlargement) the incumbent administration has acted contrary to what it’s supposed to embody. Barack Obama, the big government galoot (the charges are not unfounded) has ironically overseen and indirectly enabled the promotion of a liberal notion (the deregulation of cannabis) via the non-Federal, small government, republican/libertarian-ish means of state legislation.
Now that’s a slam dunk for everyone, most of all US taxpayers
To each their own, e pluribus unum.
Now that’s a slam dunk for everyone, most of all US taxpayers, who will be relieved of the costly war on marijuana, while their states reap sales-generated revenues and other economic benefits.
High point of the year, countering the hot points.
Now where’s that White Castle?
PS – Here’s a complete image of the European title cover of Harold And Kumar’s movie, for those interested. A not-so-outrageous title by US standards anymore.
Common Sense 1 – Humor 1 – Satire 1 – Mindless Puritanism 0!