Old People Like the Weed

Saturday, December 18, 2004

From the Associated Press:

Nearly three-fourths of older Americans support legalizing marijuana for medical use, according to a poll done for the nation's largest advocacy group for seniors.

AARP, with 35 million members, says it has no political position on medical marijuana and that its local branches have not chosen sides in the scores of state ballot initiatives on the issue in recent elections.

But with medical marijuana at the center of a Supreme Court case to be decided next year, and nearly a dozen states with medical marijuana laws on their books, AARP decided to study the issue.
Where are all my conservative buddies who advocate states' rights over federal tyranny? C'mon. Why is the federal government nosing up to states that wish to have medical marijuana laws? I'd like a better argument than the typical response we always get from the Bush administration, stating, that allowing medical marijuana in California would undermine federal drug control programs, and that pot grown for medical use could end up on the illegal market and cross state lines.

Because we all know how effective federal drug control programs are. And to think, if marijuana is ever legalized then there won't be an illegal market. What a concept. You'd think we would have learned something from prohibition. Maybe one day.