A fun article by Bill McClellan in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: It would be great if our state went to pot
These things start in California and move east. I saw it with blue sneakers. When I was a kid growing up in Chicago, sneakers came in two colors: black and white. One day a kid moved in from California. He wore blue sneakers. My friends and I thought it was the most ridiculous thing we had ever seen. Blue sneakers! Oh, how we laughed at him.
Within six months, we all had blue sneakers.
It’s going to be the same with pot.
We have two choices. We can let California legalize pot in 2012 or 2014 or 2016, and then we can eventually follow, or we can take the lead.
There is precedent for the latter. When Prohibition ended, who was ready? We were. That is, Anheuser-Busch was. The day Prohibition ended, August Busch Jr. read a proclamation on KMOX. “We’re back!” The brewery sent a case of Budweiser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
For the next 75 years, we were the beer capital of the country, if not the world. […]
I was afraid California was going to beat us with marijuana. It did not. Opportunity knocks.
This is something our Legislature should work on. Republicans ought to embrace it. The Obama administration opposed the California proposition. Isn’t that enough to make us want to do it? Down with the feds and their nanny state! Up with states’ rights!
Somewhere in rural Missouri is the next August Busch. If we give free enterprise a chance, we might have another 75-year ride. A new Napa Valley. Taxes and jobs and tourism like we’ve never seen.
A pipe dream, you say? Sort of.