When Colorado voters passed legalization in 2012, Governor Hickenlooper said:
"If the voters go out and pass something and they put it in the state constitution, by a significant margin, far be it from myself or any governor to overrule. I mean, this is why it's a democracy, right?" Huffington Post, Dec 10, 2012
There were no threats of jail time for the governor.
But, when the Mayor of DC vows to implement the will of the people, expressed in a free and fair election, she becomes the target of threats.
It's bad enough that a miscreant like Chaffetz makes these threats. It's worse that congressional leaders fail to call Chaffetz out for this outrageous behavior. After all, he doesn't have the power of demagogues from years past like Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-WI). Chaffetz is just another screw ball Member of Congress wasting out tax dollars by using his office as a window into his very distorted view of democracy: democracy is only good when it produces the results Chaffetz favors.
The Hope Offered by Legalized Marijuana in Your Nation's Capitol
The United States Congress is a pathetic collection (for the most part) of bought and paid for hacks that unify under one banner -- The Money Party. The Democrats and Republicans may differ on some social issues but the share common values -- war mongering, disregard for the plight of hard working citizens, ignorance of key issues like climate change, etc. etc. It's not likely that this will change anytime soon.
However, legalized marijuana has the potential to mitigate the damage done by Congress. It's an accepted fact that those who use high-grade marijuana experience a lack of motivation. The more marijuana, the more frequently it's used, the lower an individual's motivation to act becomes.
Through the discrete introduction of edible marijuana like they have in Colorado, a fair number of our elected officials could become regular users. Instead of voting in favor of wars, they could get stoned and sit around playing fantasy war games like World of Warcraft or Call of Duty. This would satisfy their violent urges in a civilized fashion and occupy them to the point where they would lack the time to endorse and fund real wars.
The White House could also use a strong infusion of high-grade marijuana. President Barack Obama admitted to marijuana use in high school and college. Given his indifference exuberance in funding violent conflict and our crippling defense budget, Obama needs some help. Why should the president and his White House staff put their time to better use by getting totally blitzed on edibles and binging on horror films rather than create horror on places like Libya, Syria, and Ukraine?
There may still be hope for good government provided by a source no one would have expected.
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