“In Colorado, Pot Got 50,000 More Votes Than Obama”

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“The people have spoken, the bastards” – Dick Tuck

A dillema has arisen in America, a country which can rightly claim to be one of the greatest democratic nations in the world.

“The Justice Department has a big decision to make” reports Carrie Johnson for NPR in relation to the fact a clear majority of people have voted in favour of the decriminalisation of cannabis. The article contains this silver bullet of truth, perfect for your average potheaded activist:

“on Election Day, more voters in Colorado and Washington cast their ballots for marijuana legalization than for President Obama”.

It’s a good extensive article which summarises the political power play now at work in the belly of the democratic machine. However it ends with the line: “Justice Department [...] officials are reviewing the initiatives and [...] for now, nothing has changed”. Read/listen to the full report here: Will U.S. Try To Snuff Out State Marijuana Laws?

I guess the question is, does Democracy trump Bureaucracy in the land of the free and home of the brave?

I think legal recerational cannabis use in the U.S. is now inevitable, what do you think?

Nick Margerrison

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  • alizardx

    Probably means that there are GOP pot smokers in CO, too. Does this surprise anyone? As for inevitability of legal pot, agreed. But it may take a lot longer than you think. What orders will Obama give on Federal anti-pot law enforcement? Will he use the accusations of the UN Narcotics head about states decriminalizing pot being in violation of international treaty as an excuse?

    • Matt Staggs

      I think that it’s going to come down to a case of widespread civil disobedience. As soon as all of us decide that it’s not a law that we’ll obey anymore, then it’s pretty much toothless. But it’s going to take a lot of us to do it. Unfortunately, even if the Feds legalize it, dipshit states like my own will still keep it illegal. Mississippi is surprisingly liberal on pot possession (less than an ounce for personal use is a misdemeanor…at least the first three times they catch you), but that’s still a long way from legalization for something that just about everyone I know has at least tried.

      • VickiCan

        I’m all for civil disobedience. Wouldn’t be the first time I disobeyed. Bring on the POT!

      • alizardx

        Maybe “UN OUT OF THE US” won’t be just a deep-fringe right-wing sentiment anymore.

    • DeepCough

      I can’t help but think that WA and CO will secede because the federal government will bring down martial law upon them just for making weed legal.

      • RefuseResistRevolt

        Thats the stupidest thing Ive ever heard. In order to secede you have to have your own army, CO and WA certainly dont have one, and anyone who would even think of doing so is now too stoned to care…weed = peace, because obviously any war against it is going to fail.

        • Marklar_Prime

          To think that secession automatically means war is just ignorant. In addition the U.S. had no army when it seceded from England either.

          • RefuseResistRevolt

            Right, because no ones ever heard of the Revolutionary War, England just let them leave peacefully without firing a shot. Also secession is unconstitutional, to think theyre just gonna let you walk out the door is even more ignorant, nice try.

      • alizardx

        No, just a whole bunch more people who voted for Obama and get “buyer’s remorse”. Not that Mittens would be any different with respect to ignoring the will of the people when it suits him,

  • Audio7

    Marijuana probably would have received a couple million more votes than a ticket of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

  • BuzzCoastin

    > A dilemma has arisen in America, a country which can rightly claim to be one of the greatest democratic nations in the world.

    on paper it looks good
    but in practice it’s a oligarchic dictatorship
    the democratic part was highjacked by the monied elite a long time ago

    • dumbsaint

      I often wonder why so many things have to open with some variation on the ‘greatest country’ line. It kinda smacks of insecurity as much as patriotism.

  • BunkersTrust

    That’s because the vote for pot counted as a vote for freedom, but the vote for Obummer was a vote for an Elector who will vote for the lesser of of two evils in January 2013.

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