The Atlantic: The End of Laughing at Marijuana ReformersSubmitted by the clover helix on Tue, 10/30/2012 - 18:47
It was Dr. Paul who opened my eyes on this subject and though this article doesn't mention Dr. Paul (which it should), it does a good job of explaining a basic fact: the majority of the public is fed up with our marijuana laws and something needs to change.
"Voters in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington will decide on election day whether to legalize marijuana in their states. All three initiatives have a chance of passing, and two are ahead in polls. In Massachusetts and Arkansas, voters may legalize medical marijuana. And last year, a Gallup poll found that a majority of American voters supported legalizing marijuana for the first time.
The political taboo against marijuana has been fading for awhile. When Bill Clinton admitted he'd smoked weed as a college student, he felt the need to add that he hadn't inhaled, and observers still wondered if it would cost him votes. Barack Obama admitted that he did inhale as a teenager. Yet his personal history with narcotics hasn't stopped him from presiding over a draconian War on Drugs and responding to several questions about drug reform with jokes."