One of the greatest challenges marijuana proponents are faced with is not changing the minds of gray haired Republicans, but it’s getting a nation of supposed “liberal” legislators to truly start thinking progressively enough to actually make a change.
Nothing could be farther from the truth than for those attempting to legalize marijuana in Missouri… the heart of the Bible Belt. During a recent town hall meeting in Columbia, supporters of the cannabis cause showed up to discuss the issue of legalization with Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, who while priding herself on being a liberal in Washington DC, cannot seem to hide her conservative roots.
When asked by a member of the audience what she intends to do on a federal level to help Missourians legalize marijuana, McCaskill replied, "I'm in close contact with my colleagues in Colorado and they're having some unexpected problems, some activity that they're not happy about. So I'm continuing to talk to them.”
However, McCaskill never offered the audience any specific information as to what types of problems Colorado was experiencing, instead she continued by presenting her not so liberal outlook on the issue. "You know, there's no question that marijuana impacts your behavior. It's a mind-altering drug, just like nicotine and just like alcohol. I can definitely understand there are some arguments to be made that nicotine and alcohol are as bad or worse. I get those arguments. But I'm not sure that putting another one easily accessible -- besides nicotine or alcohol -- is the best way for us to go."
Senator McCaskill, the 24th wealthiest member of Congress, concluded her argument for preserving marijuana prohibition by using accessibility to the youth of America as a deterrent, followed by the typical Republican-esque sideline cliché:
"I guarantee you that there are kids who are getting handed beers everyday. So it's not like those same ones handing them beers aren't gonna hand them a joint. So that, that doesn't work. I'm open to watching and seeing what happens with this but right now, I'm not gonna give you the answer you wanna hear but hopefully you know that's what I do. I'm not gonna tell you I'm for it. But I'm gonna watch carefully and see what happens in Colorado."
After the meeting, many audience members said they were not shocked by McCaskill’s position on marijuana, and were not at all satisfied with her elusive ramblings about the troubles in Colorado.
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in High Times, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.