Both sides of the aisle love the green… by green we mean “money” of course, not the sacred herbs.
Because guess what? Out of 50 governors and 100 U.S. senators, with all the quantifiable data on marijuana that’s available, how many do you think has announced support for pure, unbridled, unconditional, legalization? If you guessed not a single one, you would be correct. Not even the ones in Colorado and Washington, which have already passed laws legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana. By “ones” we mean:
Senator Mark Udall (D- CO) 202-224-5941
Senator Michael Bennet (D- CO) 202-224-5852
Representative Diana DeGette (D – 01) 202-225-4431
Representative Jared Polis (D – 02) 202-225-2161
Representative Scott R. Tipton (R – 03) 202-225-4761
Representative Cory Gardner (R – 04) 202-225-4676
Representative Doug Lamborn (R – 05) 202-225-4422
Representative Mike Coffman (R – 06) 202-225-7882
Representative Ed Perlmutter (D – 07) 202-225-2645
It would be great if some of you residents of Colorado and Washington reached out to them to inquire about why they don’t support the interests of their constituents. Click a name to email or just give them a call. They would LOVE to hear from you.
Honorable mention is due to the great visionary Gov. John Hickenlooper:
“I think our entire state will pay the price. Colorado is known for many great things — marijuana should not be one of them.”
I’ll say it now: $1,000,000,000.00 in projected sales. $20,000,000.00 in revenue. “Tap the Rockies, Coors Light!” You, Gov. Hickenlooper, have no problem collecting blood money that is tobacco and alcohol tax dollars. Get off your soapbox, you fucking dinosaur. I’ll personally make sure The Aquamizer is in every dispensary and head shop in Colorado.
Three out of four people in the U.S. know legal marijuana is inevitable, but you wouldn’t know that if you listened to the ridiculously ignorant bullshit coming out of Washington, D.C. Despite the great economic success that Colorado has had by generating $70 million dollars to date (and Washington state is bound to do as much or more), there are virtually no other politicians in the country who have declared unequivocal support for the full legalization of marijuana from seed to smoke . . I mean vape.
Mountains are climbed one step at a time. While our elected officials may be less willing to be completely sensible about recreational marijuana, there are many more vocal proponents of legalizing pot for medical and compassionate uses. Others have spoken generally about the need for drug policy reform and criminalized marijuana’s devastating effect on the American criminal justice system and minorities.
So even though the clear will of the people is legalized marijuana, here is the best we can do with 18 people from across the political spectrum who endorse decriminalization or legalization of marijuana to varying degrees. Elected officials who support marijuana:
1. Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor of California and former mayor of San Francisco:
“These [recreational marijuana users] 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. … These laws just don’t make sense anymore. It’s time for politicians to come out of the closet on this.”
2. Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago and former White House chief of staff on Chicago’s decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana
“We have police officers … arresting people for 10 grams, 11 grams, 12 grams. A huge amount of time dedicated to that. Then, they go to court. That means they’re not on the street fighting gangs, fighting gun violence. … This is a healthy discussion to have because we’re making a change. I think it’s a smart change because I want our police officers focused on serious violent crime.”
3. Elizabeth Warren, senator (D-Mass.)
“You know, I held my father’s hand while he died of cancer, and it’s really painful when you do something like that up close and personal. … And it puts me in a position of saying, if there’s something a physician can prescribe that can help someone who’s suffering, I’m in favor of that. Now, I want to make sure they’ve got the right restrictions. It should be like any other prescription drug. That there’s careful control over it. But I think it’s really hard to watch somebody suffer that you love.”
4. Bill Clinton, former president of the United States
“I think that most small amounts of marijuana have been decriminalized in some places, and should be. We really need a reexamination of our entire policy on imprisonment.”
5. Jared Polis, congressman (D-Colo.)
“I am optimistic that we will reach a day when America has the smart, sensible marijuana policy that we deserve. … We are at a tipping point, on the unprecedented cusp of legalization. The progress at the state level has led the way, but it won’t come nationally until it happens in a critical mass of states. Then there comes much more pressure on Congress to legalize and regulate at the national level. Our streets will be safer and our economy stronger.”
6. Cory Booker, senator (D-N.J.)
“Medical marijuana — heck yes. I do not understand, that there are drugs more toxic, more dangerous, more challenging, in drug stores all over my city and all over my state, but yet we single out this one drug and say you can’t even have it in a medical fashion. The reason why I said I want to go beyond that is because of the drug war. … We have seen so much of our national treasure being spent in the drug war.”
7. Chris Van Hollen, congressman (D-Md.) on Maryland’s decision to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana:
“I support the action taken by the state legislature. It’s wrong to have so many people behind bars for the use of marijuana. … There is a growing recognition in both parties that a system that locks upof millions of nonviolent offenders is counterproductive.”
8. Rick Perry, governor of Texas
“What I can do as the governor of the second-largest state in the nation is to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization and keeps people from going to prison and destroying their lives, and that’s what we’ve done over the last decade.”
9. Barack Obama, president of the United States, who used to inhale the shit out of weed.
“Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do. … We should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing. It’s important for [the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington] to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.”
10. Harry Reid, senator (D-Nev.) is kinda sorta evolving.
“If you’d asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer — I would have said no, because [marijuana] leads to other stuff. But I can’t say that anymore. … I think we need to take a real close look at this. I think that there’s some medical reasons for marijuana. … I guarantee you one thing. We waste a lot of time and law enforcement going after these guys that are smoking marijuana.”
11. Sheldon Whitehouse, senator (D-R.I.) on Rhode Island’s decision to decriminalize marijuana.
“We know that marijuana can provide relief for patients suffering from serious illnesses. I applaud Rhode Island’s effort to make it available for that purpose.”
12. Barbara Lee, congresswoman (D-Calif.)
“The people of California have made it legal for patients to have safe access to medicinal marijuana, and as a result thousands of small business owners have invested millions of dollars in building their companies, creating jobs and paying their taxes. We should be protecting and implementing the will of voters, not undermining our democracy by prosecuting small business owners who pay taxes and comply with the laws of their states in providing medicine to patients in need.”
13. John McCain, senator (R-Ariz.) being the bold maverick that he is:
“Maybe we should legalize. We’re certainly moving that way as far as marijuana is concerned. I respect the will of the people.”
14. Pat Quinn, governor of Illinois on Illinois’ decision to legalize compassionate use of marijuana.
“Over the years, I’ve been moved by the brave patients and veterans who are fighting terrible illnesses. They need and deserve pain relief. This new law will provide that relief and help eligible patients ease their suffering, while making sure Illinois has the nation’s strictest safeguards to prevent abuse.”
15. Maggie Hassan, governor of New Hampshire on New Hampshire’s decision to legalize medical marijuana.
“Allowing doctors to provide relief to patients through the use of appropriately regulated and dispensed medical marijuana is the compassionate and right policy for the State of New Hampshire, and this legislation ensures that we approach this policy in the right way with measures to prevent abuse.”
16. Dannel Malloy, governor of Connecticut on Connecticut’s decision to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.
“Final approval of this legislation accepts the reality that the current law does more harm than good — both in the impact it has on people’s lives and the burden it places on police, prosecutors and probation officers of the criminal justice system. … There is no question that the state’s criminal justice resources could be more effectively utilized for convicting, incarcerating and supervising violent and more serious offenders.”
17. Charles Rangel, congressman (D-N.Y.)
“Marijuana decriminalization is an issue that will undoubtedly become more prevalent over time. … The U.S. already has the highest incarceration rate in the world. We lock up the majority of inmates for nonviolent drug-related crimes. Instead of attacking the consumers, we should give them alternatives to poverty and street life, to steer them away from drug abuse in the first place. It simply doesn’t make sense to waste billions of dollars putting hundreds of thousands of Americans in prison for nonviolent offenses of the law.”
18. Denny Heck, congressman (D-Wash.)
“I actually think that having marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug is the height of silliness. Meth is a Schedule 2 drug. I mean, this just makes no sense. It’s nuts. I’ve also always supported allowing marijuana to be used medically … in a pre- the Olympianscribed way.”