In a short piece about a Republican primary,
Progressive political activist left-of-center blogger/journalist/commentator Josh Marshall decides to be cute for no reason, and out of the blue…
Later Update: McCollum’s campaign is saying there’s no clear winner and we’ll have to wait for the morning — which may be a coded way of saying he’s coming out for marijuana legalization, or perhaps just that all the folks in his campaign are smoking some right now.
Even Later Update: AP says put away the bong guys, calls it for Rick Scott.
Considering that marijuana legalization is a serious issue being debated in this country, and particularly considering that McCollum has been criticized for pushing for tougher marijuana laws (something Marshall probably didn’t even care to discover), this is amazingly tone deaf.
Josh Marshall simply took marijuana and marijuana legalization and used it as a cheap shot to negatively and irrelevantly slam someone he doesn’t like.
It’s childish and completely out of touch.
We’re going to run into similar stupidity throughout the election season, as hyper-partisan activists use whatever club they can find to attack an opponent.
Another example happened recently with the case of Rand Paul. Now, unlike his father Ron (who is an outstanding drug policy reformer), Rand Paul is complete disaster when it comes to drug policy â€” he’s all over the place, and completely incomprehensible.
He should probably be dismissed or ignored, but Tanya Somanader at Think Progress recently delivered a steaming pile of crap just to be contrary.
Since Rand Paul is opposed to big government, she decided that it was best to automatically be for big government in drug policy, without even a Fourth Grade level of thought.
While Paul touts the magical remedies provided by the rich, it is the poor Appalachian residents in eastern Kentucky that are facing a tough reality where a â€œhigher proportion of people abuse prescription pain killers that in the rest of the nation.â€ In fact, while trafficking in pain killers is the â€œlargest drug problemâ€ facing the region, Kentucky is also a prominent hotbed for marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine, according to the latest DEA study. This year, local officials reported 114 overdose deaths in the region within the first two months alone.
And, rather than failing, government-run programs are producing unprecedented success. Conwayâ€™s inter-governmental task force to cut prescription pill trafficking busted over 500 people in an interstate drug pipeline and was part of the â€œlargest prescription pill bust in Kentucky history.â€ Kentucky law enforcement recognize the need for similar federal programs. State Fraternal Order of Police President Michael â€œSpikeâ€ Jones said he â€œwould not be able to keep up with drug crimeâ€ without federal assistance to â€œpay overtime logged by tracking down drug dealers.â€ â€œIt would be impossible to stopâ€ drug traffickers â€œwithout federal assistance, because of the dire straitsâ€ state economies are in, said another Appalachian drug enforcement official.
If you think that federal drug enforcement is there to help the poor people of Eastern Kentucky, then you probably also believe that crack sentencing disparities exist to help black people. And if you believe that 500 people busted were “traffickers,” then I’ve got some bridges for you.
Drug Policy is a real issue â€” one that’s being discussed by mature and well-informed activists in a variety of fields. It’s no longer some kind of sandbox for clueless partisans to play in.