What are you looking to achieve politically over the next few years? We all have our goals, and it is a good idea if you were to think about yours. Yes, we all get involved in politics when it comes to the national stage, but in reality those elections are not as important as what is going on in your back yard. If you are in the process of a local election in your area, then you may want to pay more attention. In fact, paying more attention to this than the national election is not the worst idea.
There are so many causes that you could take up as something that you care about. For instance, we have recently learn about initiatives in many states where they are looking to decriminalize marijuana. Again, we are in a situation where the flashier policies are the ones that make the news. For instance, we learn all about the one or two states where marijuana is now legal. And yes, that is a great thing. It is a huge step in the right direction. But what about those cities and states where it is slowly being decriminalized? This is just as important.
When we talk about decriminalization, we are talking about policies that ensure people are not having their lives ruined over possessing a little bit of marijuana. And if you are wondering about how this process can work, we encourage you to read up on the Massachusetts Sensible Marijuana Policy Initiative and the work they managed to do in their state. You may think it is not going to get anywhere, but these people were able to achieve real success in their state. There is no reason why the same cannot happen in other parts of the country.
Yes, we all want legalization eventually. But it is a timely process and you may not see it fully for 50 or 60 years. But something that we can work towards is decriminalization. Why? Because it is so sad to see people who have to spend three or five years in prison for minor drug offenses. Whether they are selling, or they had a lot in their possession when they were stopped by the police, it is not something we want to see. Yes, not all drugs are good. But marijuana is very different from the other substances that we often talk about as drugs.
The crazy thing about marijuana is that almost everyone has tried it at least one time by the time they get to college age. You have probably tried it too. Whether it was a party or someone’s house, you knew there would be no consequences. But depending on where they live or if they happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, others are not so lucky. So why should the get punished for something that millions of other peoples do each day without any consequences? Decriminalization is an important agenda that can go a long way in the next few years.