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December 10, 2012

It's a shallow victory for libertarians.

Their calling card -- the legalization of marijuana -- scored again today when the governor of Colorado signed an executive order in compliance with voter wishes.

While legalizing the drug was a key talking point among and about libertarians, it actually comprises a minuscule component of the libertarian agenda. It's akin to running backwards for miles, then stopping and taking a baby step forward. Anyone dull enough to believe liberty has managed a major leap is sorely mistaken. Just last week, for example, the federal government released a press release that favored a federal mandate that would require new passenger vehicles to be equipped with black data boxes. Safety, of course, was their stated concern, but libertarians are all-too familiar with government imposing laws using a bate and switch strategy.

For the record, I oppose the use of marijuana as immoral, impractical, and sorta stupid. I also believe free people have the right to be immoral, impractical, and sorta stupid. I've never used illegal drugs and never imbibed in alcoholic beverages; not even a drip.

Here's the article from CBS News


Pot officially legal in Colorado

Marijuana is now legal to use and possess for those over 21-years old in Colorado after Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., signed an executive order today formalizing the legal, casual use of pot into the state's constitution.

Voters approved the measure on Election Day by a margin of 55 to 45 percent.

After the vote, Hickenlooper, who opposed the legalization, expressed caution, indicating that it is unclear how the state law would work in concert with national drug laws that still criminalizes pot.

But Hickenlooper's move Monday officially okayed usage, possession and limited home growing of the drug in the state. He also created a task force on implementation of the law.

Pot advocates celebrated the news, calling the move "historic."

"From this day forward, adults in Colorado will no longer be punished for the simple use and possession of marijuana. We applaud Gov. Hickenlooper for issuing this declaration in a timely fashion, so that adult possession arrests end across the state immediately," proponent Mason Tvert said in a statement.

Voters in Washington state also legalized pot this past election and the measure took effect last week.

Despite the dispute between the states and the federal government on legalization, it appears that support for the issue is on the rise. A new USA Today/Gallup pollreleased today found that 64 percent of Americans believe the federal government should not intervene in state marijuana laws.

Legalization, however, did not receive as much support. Fifty percent oppose it while 48 percent lawful pot smoking.

© 2012 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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