HARRISBURG, cialis Penn./Frank Cotolo – The midterm elections in three U.S. states this November will address legalizing marijuana and many voters are saying it is high time for the initiatives.
Alaskan voters are split on the issue of regulating the production, store sale and use of marijuana. Polls show an eight-point measure of indecision.
“I dunno if I wanna have that stuff legal, treatment ” said Rip Riley, who claims he smoked pot in the 1960s and it made him give up table tennis. “Still, I think what people do in their homes is their business, just like what homeless people do in homes they don’t have is their business.”
Almost a million dollars has been spent to promote the measure.
“We didn’t spend much to try to get people to vote against it,” said Marissa Beltway, who led a group of anti-pot campaigners. “We know that the measure is going to make more younger people vote and they are all going to go for pot, so why spend a lot of money? Younger people want to escape the bad times and, well, they want more good in the good times, so there is no winning there. If they come out in droves, the droves will pass it.”
In Oregon, voters dismissed legalizing pot in 2012.
“But things have changed,” said a Portland man who is uncontested running for treasurer of a local county and still expected to lose. “The powers that be are realizing that everyone’s smoking the stuff anyway, so why not make some tax money on it? People head over to Washington where it’s legal and get the pot there. Oregon should get that money and whatever laughs those folks are bringing to Washington.”
A major newspaper in the state—however you can describe a major newspaper these days—has endorsed the measure.
Local blogger Henry Stalkwood wrote, “I don’t know if heroin is next to be legal but pot should be legal and not blamed if suddenly a heroin measure comes up. Marijuana, however, must have strict regulation, the kind that stops people from using power tools while under the influence; the kind that keeps pot heads from archery lessons; the kind that does not allow a pot head to tag every sentence with the word ‘man’ in public.”
Young people may drive the issue to legalization in Alaska and Oregon but in Florida it will be the decision of the old people that matters most, since Florida is primarily populated with women who wear elastic bands to keep their eyeglasses from falling off and men who are unsure of which leg of their pants to put on first (all of them feel it matters).
The state demands that at least 60 percent of the voters must approve any measure on the ballot.
“This gives the old folks an advantage,” said Willy Musk, who runs a senior center in Tampa and who led the ill-fated movement to change the spelling of Tallahassee some years back.
Even though older people tend to be more conservative, polls show that 64 percent of probable voters are for legalizing pot.
“I never done that back in the days of crazy kids,” said 89-year-old Marty Shaffstein, “but now I don’t give a crap and I wouldn’t mind blowing my mind near the pool with a glass of scotch and a joint.”
“Not me,” said Emma Gammaberg, a 78-year-old who has buried at least seven husbands. “I want to see, think and hear clearly at least until I reach eighty-five. Besides, I just started water-ski lessons and I don’t want to think I am gliding along out there on the ocean when in fact I am drowning, which is the kind of thing that drug can do to you according to what I hear.”
But the tax incentives are tempting.
Orka Normanpledge, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor of Clearview last year despite being ahead in the polls until the last moment on election day when he was seen trying to make love to a mannequin in a dress store window, said, “The taxes collected on pot could help the poor with the food they need to eat two meals a day. More people smoking pot will also bring a boom to the snack business, which is suffering now from health reports that scorn old folks eating salty chips and sugary wafers.”
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