BY SAM FIELDS
Sam Fields: Toking up again
About three years ago I once again took up occasionally smoking pot.
[I’ll pause for a moment while everyone makes some clever remark beginning with: “I knew it” and ending with reporting me to the Florida Bar.]
But if the governor signs HB 49, the bill outlawing bongs, I guess I will be forced to give it up. After all, I just can’t imagine how I, or anyone else, could smoke it any other way.
The vote was 112-3, with four not voting. All Broward House members voted for it, proving idiocy has no party label.
While the rest of the country is going in the direction of legalization–for both medical and personal use–the Florida legislature has decided that the future lies in increasing police powers to interfere in personal choices. Apparently billions already spent on hundreds of thousands of pot arrests are not enough
The morons in Tally are not only out of step with Floridians with 70% favoring medical marijuana. The Legislature can’t even stay in line with rank and file Republicans (56% support).
That same 2013 poll showed that opposition to complete legalization is now below 50%. More on the poll here.
Like the surge in support for gay marriage, it’s only a matter of time before a Florida majority approves recreational marijuana like they did in Washington State and Colorado last November.
The recent surge in support for gay rights offers a poignant lesson.
One of the most important things in moving the gay issue was famous people coming out of the closet. Today it seems amazing that Ellen DeGeneres coming out of the closet in 1997 was viewed as a career killer. She was quickly followed by politicians, business leaders, soldiers, etc.
This week, N.B.A. basketball star Jason Collins came out as gay. There were no protests and a lot of applause.
Last week the number one woman’s basketball player, Brittney Griner, announced she was gay. It was a complete yawner.
These days Neil Patrick Harris, an openly gay actor, has no problem being accepted by viewers as a straight “babe hound” on “How I Met Your Mother.”
For a majority of Americans gay or straight no longer matters.
The same needs to happen with pot. And it begins with all kinds of community leaders coming out of the “smoked-filled closet”.
You can be damn sure that the Broward judge who was arrested in 2007 for smoking pot was not the only one in the criminal justice system who tokes up. There are cops and prosecutors who fire up the ganja.
In fact, you can bet your bottom dollar that at least some in the Legislature that voted for HB 49 still get high.
You folks–and you know who you are–need to step up to the plate so that we can get the government out of the business of regulating personal choice, wasting money and destroying lives.