Why won't John Kerry explicitly advocate the decriminalization and full legalization of marihuana? He himself has smoked it, suggests he knows people who still do, and says he benignly neglected to go after personal users when he was a prosecutor. So why won't he step up and make a promise to push for decriminalization as President?
You know we're never going to see Bush do so, but Kerry could help himself immensely by showing some leadership on this issue and making the argument that we are wasting billions of dollars annually on stupid interdiction programs, the irredeemably destructive incarceration of America's youth, outrageous violations of our privacy and property, and the foolish misallocation of funds that could be used to stop the traffic in cocaine and heroin.
There are many dozens of sound arguments to be made for stopping the war on marihuana and LEGALIZING IT, not the least of which is that doing so will lead to increases in tax revenues, add jobs to the economy for people who like to take it easy, and start us down the road to real options on alternative fuels.
Pull your head out, Sen. Waffles, and campaign on a PRO-HEMP policy for America!