Before I say anything, I’d like to say that I do not smoke pot and really have no interest in it other than the political implications surrounding it. That, and I don’t want to walk through a cloud of smoke when I’m strolling through a park (any cloud of smoke, really).
My primary complaint with Initiative 1 is that it paints an inaccurate picture. Do I really care if an AIDS patient is smoking pot? Do I think they should be arrested? The obvious answer is no. I don’t particularly care what they do with their bodies. If pot helps, that’s great.
Of course, the overwhelming majority of pot users have no ailments that makes marijuana a necessity. If this initiative is passed, it will give those pot users the ammunition to think that there is some sort of mandate to allow them to smoke pot legally. I don’t consider myself a voice for the people, but I suspect there is no mandate.
If Initiative 1 supporters are so adamant about making marijuana possession a non-crime, how about fighting the fight that is truly worth fighting: the legalization of industrial hemp, a product that has many uses and can’t get you high, yet is illegal to grow in the United States.
I’m much more concerned with why no one is fighting for my right to climb the tree in my backyard with an American grown hemp rope.