In honor of April 20, this PP&B update will be about the legalization of marijuana - a topic that'll be on the ballot in California in November.
What do we think about making pot legal? Thanks for asking. As true conservatives who favor a small government that supports small business owners, we have no choice but to favor the legalization of marijuana. After all, who is the government to prohibit the laissez-faire of a free, open market?
We understand the argument that marijuana is a drug that destroys the lives of children and even wayward adults who have no power when under pot's deadly spell. Sadly, as a free society we've already decided to legalize certain substances that are considered harmful to those who use them. Cigarettes are sold to people who fully know that it can lead to cancer. Also, our whole country attempted the "Noble Experiment" with the prohibition of of alcohol - an experiment that put money in the hands of the mafia.
Instead of making organized crime rich, we should take those dollars and give them to the government in the form of taxes. Also, the government can regulate the production and sale of pot, which would put some guidelines and restrictions on its cultivation.
We don't need bathtub gin making people go blind, and we don't need unregulated marijuana hurting a populace that's obviously going to use it regardless of the law.
No matter what happens in November with the legalization of pot, everyone should be able to see the writing on the wall. Stop it for as long as you can, but it will happen. The question is, do you go into it kicking and screaming, or do you work within the system and help ensure that the law is the best it can possibly be?