Monday, July 13, 2009

Medical marijuana disappointment in N.H.,

This is my last day of vacation, and I have done almost nothing productive, which was my plan. Yesterday was lovely, with Muazzam and Nancy Gill coming over for BBQ and good talk, but today is lazy. At 100+ yardwork can be only of the non-strenuous variety. I haven't even watched the Sotomayor hearings.

I have found time to catch up on some medical marijuana developments. The least encouraging news is that New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch -- a Democrat, no less -- has vetoed a medical marijuana bill. At least some media outlets are encouraging a veto override, which seems possible if those who voted for it stick together. The resistance on the part of conventional politicians to medical marijuana is curious and goes way beyond rationality; one must believe in dire consequences that have occurred in no other jurisdiction and go against overwhelming public opinion. The psychological ramifications of making the war on drugs a Holy War will likely be with us for some time to come.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I agree. The demonization of drugs starting in the 1980's with the Reagan administration goes a long way to explain all of this. So too does Hollywood with shows like Miami Vice, etc, which only served to make recreational drug use seem like evil incarnate. The self-defeating "war on drugs" has cast a long dark shadow over America. Just think what the "war on terror" is going to leave...