Some Cracks in the Foundation of the Failed War on Drugs

One day, our beloved federal gubmint might adopt sensible policies towards marijuana and other narcotics. That day is not likely to come soon, certainly not soon enough for those who are incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses, and it may never happen at all because at this point it’s probably more likely that we’ll all be incinerated in a nuclear holy war, for freedom.

As a majority of our three readers know all too well, this Serious Weblog derides AmeriKKKa and the drooling half-wits who send people like Mike Conaway and Jefferson “P.G.T.” Beauregard Sessions (named after not just one confederate traitor, but two!) to the halls of Congress. HOWEVAH, there are some signs that Hope & Change™ may be coming to a head shop near you.

Although the first chancellorship of Barry Hussein has been a massive disappointment for those of us who know that the War on Drugs is a failure, national popular support for sweet, sweet Mary Jane has shifted just as dramatically as for equality for the LGBTees. Yes, we now live in a country where a majority believe that “eh, the homos, I guess they’re OK” and “eh, marijuana, it’s not as bad as alcohol”. Are we all Dutch now?

These sentiments are finally making their way into the rooms where laws are written and interpreted. For better or worse, the visionary white males who drafted the charter for the Second American Republick (including the divinely inspired Electoral College and Three Fifths compromises) were so wary of the fickle passions of the masses that they made it virtually impossible for a clean bill to make its way through the redundant double legislature at anything exceeding the most deliberate pace. So it was encouraging when five members of the Haus of Representatives (including the California Republican Dana Rohrabacher) sponsored a measure to prohibit the U.S. Department of Justice from spending money to interfere with states’ medicinal marijuana programs.

To be clear, as clear as Shayk Barrak Husayn Ubamma likes to be, this one amendment doesn’t signal the death of prohibition. It only received the support of about 11% of the Republican caucus. However, that’s more support than previous iterations going back to 2007. Oh and it also garnered the support of 70% of Haus Democrats. So, although pro-legalization Reps. Barney Frank (D-Taxachusetts) and Ron Paul (R- Republic of Texas) are retiring, a large and growing bipartisan bloc is coalescing around a first step in sensible reform. Indeed, once the Haus flips back into the hands of the Ds (and it surely will, if John Boehner has anything to say about it), we could very well see several pieces of legislation passed, up to and including decriminalization of marijuana at the federal level.

Whether the Senate does anything about it is an open question, the answer being “Abolish the Senate”, probably.

Another promising development happened earlier this week way down in El Paso, Téjas, as the six-term incumbent Democratic congressman Silvester Reyes was picked off in the primary election by an Irish Mexican, Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, who upon his victory in the impending general election will have the best name in Congress besides Cornelius McGillicuddy IV. Your correspondent does not know the local politics of southwest Texas too well and cannot comment on the specifics of this election, but it is startling that a) an incumbent Congressman lost in a primary and that b) he lost to an openly pro-reform candidate. It appears that marijuana was close to a non-factor in this race, as Señor O’Rourke downplayed it while an increasingly desperate Rep. Reyes tried unsuccessfully to tar his opponent as Soft On Drugs.

It is encouraging that a candidate who is in favor of sensible drugs laws can not only win an election, but win the most difficult election possible, a primary against a well-established incumbent. MOAR PLEAZ!

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