Last night’s election was pretty intense. I sat and watched as Obama came away with a landslide electoral college win and a pretty impressive popular vote tally. While many news networks were discussing the severe divide between Americans and a potential Civil War (lol), I was most impressed with the results of the smaller state-based ticket items like Marijuana Legalization and Marriage Equality.
At the end of the night, Massachusetts legalized medicinal use of marijuana, while Colorado and Washington legalized it for recreational use. This is a HUGE step in the direction of common sense.
Now I’m not some hippy-dippy crazy pot smoker, but after years of research and thinking, it’s pretty safe to state that weed, while temporarily impairing an individual (like alcohol) is safe for consumption (unlike alcohol). The fact that marijuana is still illegal is insane to me. It was made illegal to protect the paper industry from competitors using hemp at a much lower cost. The initiative passed on moral grounds claiming it was a dangerous drug instead of a super-useful plant. Meanwhile alcohol destroys countless lives and families every day. Even tobacco is supported by the government while it kills millions every year. When was the last time pot killed anyone? I’m glad people are realizing that this PLANT shouldn’t be outlawed any more. I hope the Federal Government can wake up to this fact soon.
Maine and Maryland, last night, legalized same-sex marriage. This is a tremendous civil rights moment for gays in America as they have had their rights taken away for far too long. The fact that even this issue is still up for debate boggles my mind, but it demonstrates how conservative this country still is. Outside of religion (which, like, it’s 2012 guys) there is literally no reason to prevent gays from marrying. Are we seriously still this tied to religion? Haven’t we learned to think for ourselves yet? Haven’t we learned to love each other equally? Have our churches really stopped preaching that? Ugh, what a sad mess.
Sure, Obama still has a lot of work to do, and this second term will make or break his legacy as an actual leader instead of a motivator, but I’m glad that at least a handful of states have woken up and decided properly in two very common sense issues.