Just 72 years to the day that the Marihuana tax act of 1937 was enacted, making marajuana and all its products an illicit substance in the United States, one conservative policy analyst and mother writes in the Colorado Daily that politically and socially conservative female voters could be a potent force in legalizing marajuana.
If history is any guide, the crucial female voting bloc, including many Republicans, will provide the political will essential to making this happen.
In 1929, it was the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform successfully leading the charge to end America’s decade-long experiment with alcohol prohibition. While many of these same activists fought just years earlier to forbid booze, they quickly witnessed prohibition’s devastating consequences, including increased violence.
Just four years into the Women’s Organization for National Prohibition Reform’s repeal efforts, prohibition was over.
Prohibition is a bipartisan creation, lending power to drug cartels and bad public policy. One example: Students convicted of any drug offense can be stripped of all federal financial aid, forcing many out of school and into low-income communities where harsher drugs, including methamphetamine, run rampant.
Courageous conservatives across the country, including Texas Congressman Ron Paul, former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo and former New Mexico Gov. Tim Johnson, have all said yes to legalization.
If we believe that smaller government is better government, we must trust people to choose what to put into their bodies. If we support legalized access to alcohol, cigarettes, and 700-calorie cheeseburgers, we should legalize marijuana — a far less harmful substance.
So what will I tell my kids when they are old enough to contemplate marijuana use? I’ll tell them I hope they make good decisions with their bodies, which are sacred and should be respected. If all goes as planned, I’ll also be able to take them down memory lane, sharing what it was like to have lived under prohibition.