Katrina vanden Heuval has an excellent OpEd in the Washington Post: Just say yes to common sense on pot policy
Because the reasons to support Prop 19 are so diverse, promising alliances are being formed that might be sustained beyond this election. Libertarians and progressives, civil rights advocates, law enforcement groups, unions and young activists all see the value of ending prohibition. (As editor of the Nation, it’s not often that I find the magazine in a bipartisan alliance with Reason magazine. And the National Review was on board for legalization when William F. Buckley Jr. served as editor a decade ago.)
So Prop 19 is good policy and good politics. States across the country struggling with these same issues are watching with interest, as are Democratic strategists who see the potential for similar ballot initiatives to drive people to the polls in 2012.
It’s interesting that we can have such intelligent OpEd and editorial writing nationally regarding Prop 19, and yet, as Matt Welch has been reporting in detail, practically every single daily newspaper in California has editorialized against Prop 19, usually with a whole lot of stupid. Why is that?