History was made last night in many ways. Other than President-Elect Barack Obama swinging confidently across key battleground states for Electoral votes...another fight was happening...the legalization of marijuana as a recreational drug! Smiley face for the tree blowers, frowns for folks who support the war on drugs. According to our political friends @ Huffingtonpost.com:
Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana in the prohibition era on Tuesday, dealing a major blow to the war on drugs. Medical marijuana was also legalized in Massachusetts, underlining long-running trends in public opinion toward more permissive attitudes on drugs.
"To put this into historical context, there is no historical context," said Tom Angell, spokesperson for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. "It's the first time any state has ever voted to legalize marijuana -- and two of them did it."
In addition to the good news for weed-lovers:
The votes marked a significant shift from decades of tough-on-crime policies that burned through $1 trillion in tax dollars over 40 years, led to the arrest of 850,000 Americans for marijuana law violations in 2010 alone, and fueled the rise of deadly drug cartels abroad. But even as pot reformers celebrated their long-sought victories, the threat of a confrontation with the federal government loomed.
Both ballot measures would legalize recreational marijuana use only for adults, and cannabis would remain a controlled substance under federal law.
Did you know:
The successful pro-pot campaigns prominently featured the voices of law enforcement officials who testified firsthand about the corrosive impact of the war on drugs. There was no reason to prohibit marijuana, they suggested, when far more destructive drugs like alcohol were legal.
Wow, a lot is going down under Barack Obama's watch!
Words By: Kay Konnect
Report By: Huffingtonpost.com