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Smoking Pot and Tying the Knot

kevin837 Wrote: Dec 13, 2012 5:41 AM
The Washington initiative passed, but did not really "legalize" cannabis. Only when grown by state-approved cronies (who pay $1000/year) and sold in state-approved crony stores. There would be 25% at three different levels. People could possess no more than 1 oz (already a misdemeanor only) and could not grow for their own use. The proposed recreational pot stores (like pink unicorns), if they ever come into existence (in some improbable alternate universe), would legally collide with federal law. Participants could be charged with hundreds of years of federal time for becoming part of the Washington State cartel. The state would have a perverse incentive to shut down already-existing dispensaries, who pay much less in taxes.

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed for the first time to take on the issue of gay marriage. No matter how it rules in the two cases it will hear next spring, polling data suggest it is only a matter of time before legal recognition of same-sex unions is the norm throughout the country.

Something similar is happening with marijuana, which became legal in Washington last week and in Colorado on Monday. With both pot and gay marriage, familiarity is breeding tolerance.

The cases before the Supreme Court deal with popular reactions against gay marriage: the Defense of Marriage Act...