This is how politicians cover themselves.
‹I think it‰s time for a debate (regarding taxing and regulating the sale of cannabis for adults). I think all of those ideas of creating extra revenues, I‰m always for an open debate on it. And I think we ought to study very carefully what other countries are doing that have legalized marijuana and other drugs, what effect did it have on those countries? It could very well be that everyone is happy with that decision and then we could move to that.‹
I like what’s happening with this “let’s debate it” line we keep hearing lately. It’s a way for public officials to show interest in the subject without alienating anyone who feels strongly about the issue. […]
Considering the famous Schwarzenegger-smoking-pot video that’s all over the web, some will accuse him of hypocrisy should his position ultimately fall anywhere short of outright support for legalization. Still, it’s notable in and of itself that we’re beginning to see politicians shifting away from knee-jerk opposition to reform, in favor of the more open-minded position of endorsing a debate on the subject.
All we’ve asked for is an open and honest debate. If we can truly have that, we’ll win.
More at NORML.