With things looking up for Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer, the big thing I'm hoping for out of California but feeling unlikely to get is marijuana legalization.
Nicholas Kristof, again putting his op-ed spot at the NYT to good use, notes that nationwide marijuana legalization would improve the nation's finances by $17 billion through taxing pot and not wasting police resources on a non-problem. It's the kind of article that I wish I'd discussed with my parents before they voted, because I don't really know what their views on this issue are. Mom has already voted early -- she's going to be volunteering as an election worker. So I just sent the article to Dad in hopes that he'll vote for prop 19 if he hasn't cast his ballot yet.
You say $17 billion nationwide. I heard a proponent of it the other day say that it was a $17 positive impact in the state of California. I may have heard or read something wrong. After all I've been told by at least one blogger that I have a problem with reading comprehension!
I sure wish I knew someone in California to talk to. The only resident of that state has already railed against it on her Facebook page.
Which surprises me. She was a friend in HS and was 20 times wilder than me and she turned out ok. Sigh
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