I mean this both figuratively and literally. Vogue Magazine features an article about one of the editors recent experience with cooking legal marijuana in Colorado after having not consumed it in over two decades. From Jeffery Steingarten’s piece in Vogue:
More friends drifted in for the next few hours while, using the medicated oil and butter we had brought, Pieter prepared a hundred or so savory gnocchi with rosemary, and Laurent pan-fried fresh local trout and made a sabayon for dessert. One friend of Kip’s who makes cannabis edibles for sale in Boulder, brought a tray of scrumptious medicated chocolate fudge. Kip supplied bottles of good wine. Somebody suggested that the bhang would make a lighter, more delicious substitute for eggnog at New Year’s. A few guests smoked joints. Unlike the folks in downtown Boulder, nobody recoiled from the smoke.
The 50 guests thus had a wide choice of intoxicants, and nearly everybody seemed mellow and happy and chill. Nobody fell asleep or acted out or had a bad trip. The newly legalized cannabis was simply another option.
This is how marijuana legalization gains acceptance and goes mainstream. The more places that legalize it the more different journalists, politicians, writers, and media outlets are willing to talk about it. This in turn makes it easier for others to talk about openly, and it provides a look at legalization from a variety of perspectives. This self-feeding cycle enables the issue to move beyond a narrow political debate to the broader culture.
Now that this has started to happen more voters are seeing that marijuana legalization isn’t some great scary unknown, but mostly just “another option” for adults instead of alcohol.
I find it tough to believe most people could read this article and come to the conclusion that society would be better off if our tax dollars were used to arrest, prosecute, and jail individuals like Steingarten simply for making some Bhang, even though that is still the law in most states.
Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy
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