The point of his op-ed wasn’t to talk bongs. He told you he smoked pot so he could get to the business of chiding Colorado for legalizing recreational marijuana, saying that the state is “nurturing a moral ecology in which it is a bit harder to be the sort of person most of us want to be”.
While suggesting Colorado is an immoral swamp, Brooks avoided the greater immorality: America disproportionately imprisons brown people for pot-related crimes.
Chris Hayes also has a pot story. Chris Hayes is another fortunate who holds a coveted seat at the very small pundit banquet table. In contrast, Chris realizes what kind of privilege he enjoyed – and still enjoys.
Chris Hayes explains how he escaped arrest at the Republican National Convention in 2000, and how this ties in to the War on Drugs.
Had enough yet?
I think the nation is past ready to quit feeding brown and black people to the prison system over pot. We must continue to call out the senselessness of pot convictions and “we” needs to include those of us who have a seat at some table of power, be it ever so tiny [like this card table of a blog].
Colorado and Washington show us we can make progress. Let’s keep this thing going.
Footnote: What the leaders did and said
Just a super-basic sketch of things.
So, when Obama campaigned in 2008 he said,
“I think we need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws,” Mr. Obama said during a debate at Northwestern University. “But I’m not somebody who believes in legalization of marijuana.”
This might be why people were pretty surprised that medical marijuana raids and prosecutions went up under Obama’s time. Now that the fed. gov’t has a couple of states [CO has put it into practice – WA will do so in 2014] with legal recreational marijuana, it has pledged to crack down only on “serious trafficking” in those regions.
The Ghost of Pot Regulation Future?
I’m not sure where Hillary Clinton stands at present on this issue.
Hillary Clinton – through a spokesperson – said she opposes decriminalization in 2008.
I hope her biggest fans press her – and all of the potential candidates for president – on this issue.
As usual you the people must lead and they the politicians must then hurry up — and run in front and take the credit. That is how a lot of stuff works (when it works).