Will Stoners Save the Democrats?

MarijuanaLegalizationWhy not? From New York Magazine:

Democratic voters are not nearly as enthusiastic as Republican voters this year, probably because the former are generally somewhat content with the way things are going, while the latter fancy themselves modern-day revolutionaries tasked with saving the nation from certain destruction, perhaps with the help of zombie George Washington. But what if there were something that could spark the interest (the pun will become apparent shortly) of Democratic voters as much as socialist Kenyan debt-fetishists excite Republicans? Obviously, there is nothing that young, liberal voters love more than the thought of legalized marijuana, and luckily for Democrats, it could be on the ballot in up to six states this November.

According to a couple of political thinkers, Democratic-leaning voters who wouldn’t really care about participating in congressional or gubernatorial elections this year might haul their lazy asses to the voting booth if they can help decriminalize marijuana, in the same way that gay-marriage initiatives likely bolstered Republican candidates — including George W. Bush — in 2004…

[continues at New York Magazine]

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  • Cerebralcaustic

    dude, wait, what?

    you mean, like, vote and shit?

    only after 4:20…

    • Tuna Ghost

      I will admit that in the 2004 election I didn't vote in favor of gay marriages in my state because I was really high and forgot there stuff on the back of the ballot, which is something I've always regretted.

  • Anon

    Ugh… Why? Is there an unspoken quota pertaining to articles on marijuana here at Disinfo? I am not anti-marijuana by any means, however if I wanted to read so many articles about pot, I could subscribe to High Times.

    • http://disinfo.com Majestic

      I just counted 11 marijuana tagged stories in May, June and the first 6 days of July. Considering that on most days we post more than 10 new stories, posting 1 marijuana-related story every 6 days doesn't seem excessive to me, but your preference is noted.

      If you'd like to submit stories yourself just let us know, or feel free to tell us which stories on the site you do like and would like to see more of on the same topics.

      Oh, and lastly, the story above is about politics more than about marijuana!

      Thanks.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Unfortunately, I fear nothing can save the Democrats.

    • tonyviner

      You mean “fortunately”, right? They are all a bunch of parasitic scumbags.

      • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

        No, I meant “unfortunately”.

        While I'll agree that they're all a bunch of parasitic scumbags, I do have something of a sentimental fondness for the Democratic party. The dems have certainly acted as pigs for the past couple of decade, but at some point in the past they did represent people more than “money”.

        And as far as that goes, we've got a much better chance of getting a fair shake from the Dems than we do the GOP. It's not going to happen though.

        Both parties are in the process of collapse. As Quigley would say, they (and most of our political apparatus) has become “institutionalized”.

  • justagirl

    “marijuana is safer than alcohol” that is, unless you are already drunk…

  • George Washington's Ghost

    Please don't save them, We need a real third party for the people not the NWO.

    • tonyviner

      Hulk Hogan ruins everything he touches.

    • http://www.thecarnivalnoir.com Haystack

      It would presumably help any left or left-leaning political party.

      I think it's a good idea.

  • tonyviner

    Fuck the Democratic Party.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    No, I meant “unfortunately”.

    While I'll agree that they're all a bunch of parasitic scumbags, I do have something of a sentimental fondness for the Democratic party. The dems have certainly acted as pigs for the past couple of decade, but at some point in the past they did represent people more than “money”.

    And as far as that goes, we've got a much better chance of getting a fair shake from the Dems than we do the GOP. It's not going to happen though.

    Both parties are in the process of collapse. As Quigley would say, they (and most of our political apparatus) has become “institutionalized”.

  • SmokeyTheBanjo

    Hey everyone… please help us campaing to legalise Pot in the UK!!!

    Post and register here…

    http://yourfreedom.hmg.gov.uk/repealing-unneces

    THANKS!!!

  • Rupert Screwduck

    heck potheads join campaign for liberty where we all care about liberty and it will have a better chance of legalizing pot.

  • DeepCough

    Y’know, in some respects, the Democrats are even more Draconian about drug policy than the Republicans are, and the Republicans court the Religious Right. Don’t believe me? Well: FDR signed the Marihuana Tax Stamp Act; Clinton has more marijuana arrests than any president, and CA medical marijuana laws were enacted under his administration, too; and finally, even though Obama vowed to end raids on dispensaries, they occured anyway, and his administration is continuing to fund law enforcement efforts to enforce the Controlled Substances Act. So ask yourself: is any Democrat or Republican really going to end the Drug War when both have made such hefty contributions to it?

  • DeepCough

    Y'know, in some respects, the Democrats are even more Draconian about drug policy than the Republicans are, and the Republicans court the Religious Right. Don't believe me? Well: FDR signed the Marihuana Tax Stamp Act; Clinton has more marijuana arrests than any president, and CA medical marijuana laws were enacted under his administration, too; and finally, even though Obama vowed to end raids on dispensaries, they occured anyway, and his administration is continuing to fund law enforcement efforts to enforce the Controlled Substances Act. So ask yourself: is any Democrat or Republican really going to end the Drug War when both have made such hefty contributions to it?

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