Oh, sure, it would be great if you didn't have to worry about doing hard time for possession of eight ounces - and even better to know you weren't supporting assholes like these. (Who shoots at park rangers? I mean, really.) But don't think for one second that getting baked is going to remain a casual weekend activity once it becomes a legal and lucrative cash crop. There will be all sorts of regulations on strength, cannabis content, etc. - and that will be before ADM and Monsanto roll out their genetically modified super-pot. The GM super-pot will probably suck, but it will have a massive marketing budget behind it and eventually we'll be treated to commercials like this, but with people waving bongs instead of beer bottles:
Of course, there will be a "localvore" pot movement, but for the bulk of consumers it will likely be the super-pot. I guess giving money to ADM and Monsanto is marginally better than giving it Mexican drug cartels, but only marginally. On the other hand, it will give them a reason to revive Bud Man:
In the wake of the murder of George Tiller and the murder of Stephen Tyrone Johns at the Holocaust Museum, it seems as if some of our nation's conservative luminaries have become a bit uncomfortable with the asses they've been leading. Too bad. You people wanted to be famous, you wanted to be influential, and you didn't seem to care too much about who you were influencing. And it paid off for you, richly. You aimed for the lowest common denominator and by gum you hit it. The people making you squirm right now are some the same people who made you stars - and as the late, lamented Molly Ivins famously said, "You got to dance with them what brung you." If you suspect your dance partners are planning on slipping a cat valium into your punch, well, it sucks to be you. Everyone knows you were "asking for it."
On the best of days I can't imagine what goes through the head of a conservative pundit, but lately I can't even imagine how fucked up it is in there. What's it like knowing that a crazed murderer likes the cut of your jib? Now, I don't hold the Rush Limbaughs and Bill O'Reilly's of the world legally responsible for the actions of James Von Brunn, Richard Poplawski, Jim David Adkisson, or Scott Roeder (did I miss anyone?). These men are clearly disturbed - trying to prove the Holocaust didn't happen by killing jews is some pretty dubious reasoning, even for a delusional murderous Nazi geezer fuckhead like Von Brunn. But that doesn't mean I'm going to go along with their blackly hilarious attempts to distance themselves from them either, especially when they try to do so by attempting to paint unapologetic white supremacists as liberal Democrats. Nope, sorry, conservative luminaries, these guys are all yours - and don't even bother trying to say "liberals are just as bad." When a liberal shoots up a Baptist mega-church with a copy of Al Franken's book in his pocket I'll listen; until then sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up.
But if, like Shepard Smith, the crazy is getting a little too crazy even for you, I will offer you this one glimmer of something I wouldn't quite call hope. This remarkably depressing post by Digby on the radical anti-abortion movement's efforts to turn the murder of George Tiller to their political advantage featured this tidbit:
Press conference 1 PM, Thursday, to announce details how Pro-life
groups can derail Sotomayor, and root out hypocrisy in pro-life ranks. (Emphasis mine.)
The extremists get their first whiff of "success" and, right on schedule, start the purges. Actually, they're a bit early. They really should wait until they have some sort of power before the long knives come out, but these people always have been prone to delusions of grandeur. But on the plus side, all you wingnuts who are actively seeking to distance yourselves from the even nuttier wing of your movement have a purge to look forward to. Problem solved! You'll be off the hook. Just keep calling those neo-Nazis liberals!