Cannabis is already decriminalized in the Commonwealth, and only those dealing huge amounts are ever going to find themselves in serious legal trouble. The world hasn’t spun off its axis because of this. Responding to a potential 2016 ballot initiative that would officially make pot legal, Gov.-elect Charlie Baker proved yet again he’s as much a busybody, thou-knows-better-than-you narcissist as any Democrat, saying he would ‘vigorously’ oppose any such measure – because ‘it’s just plain bad.’ Cry us a river, so is that piece of chocolate cake any given neurotic woman (or man, I suppose) trying to stick to her diet snuck in after dinner last night. ‘Just plain bad,’ is that even a semi-serious argument? No matter, this is another typical big government politician, treating us like children who can’t be trusted to make our own decisions in life, to say nothing of using actual children as pawns to shame and suppress as Nanny Staters never fail to do.
Massachusetts may have elected a Republican governor in this election, but the voters of the Commonwealth sure as hell did not the reflect the spirit voters displayed nationwide – one of get the government the hell out of our lives. Whether it was on marijuana (voters in Oregon and Alaska voted to legalize it), Obamacare, the class warfare perpetuated by the ‘progressives,’ and so on, people most everywhere said ‘enough’ and ‘back the hell off’ to the Nanny Staters, many of whom lost their jobs as a result. Massachusetts voters, on the other hand, asked for more of the Nanny State, more of the status quo. That all said, if there is a ballot initiative in 2016, it will most likely pass by a wide margin, and Charlie Baker is utterly wasting his time and political clout by getting involved.
Yours truly is not going to argue one way or another about marijuana’s benefits or lack thereof, but obviously it’s not heroin or a truly deadly illicit street drug. And it’s not all the prescription meds that are being shoved down peoples’ throats like candy, and Lord only knows what’s in all of that. Think all those school shootings have just been random? No, in every single case it’s apparent to me that these young killers were doped up on a cocktail of meds – Lithium, Prozac, and whatever else. Then there is alcohol, and that’s perfectly legal. Saying this as a drinker, what causes more grief and destruction than abuse of alcohol? Point being, ‘reefer madness’ is outdated paranoia left over from a time that is now long past, and also a giant distraction from the real problems facing America. Furthermore, it’s always a slippery slope whenever government is allowed to say what one can or can not put into their own bodies, as we’re discovering with Mrs. Obama’s failed school lunch program, or the war on tobacco that will only serve to create a dangerous black market. It is not a legitimate function of the government to tell us what to consume, and Mr. Baker would be wise to wake up and realize this. But Mr. Baker is a Nanny State wolf in sheep’s clothing, and incapable of knowing better, so moot point.