Mon Dec 24, 2012, 12:23 AM
RainDog (28,784 posts)
Marijuana, Not Yet Legal for Californians, Might as Well Be
LOS ANGELES — ...No matter that its recreational use remains technically against the law. Marijuana has, in many parts of this state, become the equivalent of a beer in a paper bag on the streets of Greenwich Village. It is losing whatever stigma it ever had and still has in many parts of the country, including New York City, where the kind of open marijuana use that is common here would attract the attention of any passing law officer.
“It’s shocking, from my perspective, the number of people that we all know who are recreational marijuana users,” said Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor. “These are incredibly upstanding citizens: Leaders in our community, and exceptional people. Increasingly, people are willing to share how they use it and not be ashamed of it.”
... “In a Republican year, the legalization came within two points,” said Chris Lehane, a Democratic consultant who worked on the campaign in favor of the initiative. He said that was evidence of the “fact that the public has evolved on the issue and is ahead of the pols."
Still, there are limits. No matter how much attitudes in California may have changed, it remains illegal in most of the country — as Californians have been reminded by a series of crackdowns by the Justice Department on medical marijuana here. People who use the drug recreationally, who said they would think nothing of offering a visitor a joint upon walking through the door, declined to be quoted by name, citing the risks to career and professional concerns.
And Happy Holidays to everyone here on DU. Let's hope for better tomorrows on all kinds of issues in this nation.
5 replies, 949 views
Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Marijuana, Not Yet Legal for Californians, Might as Well Be (Original post)
|Le Taz Hot||Dec 2012||#4|
Response to pscot (Reply #1)
Mon Dec 24, 2012, 01:09 AM
RainDog (28,784 posts)
2. thank you!
it's pretty heated around here... this is one topic with which most of us can find some sort agreement, maybe. okay, this is DU, we're never going to all agree on anything.