A rare moment of reason in the failed war on drugs

I would call the war on drugs silly if it hadn’t needlessly ruined so many lives. Instead the word I would use is tragic, or maybe disastrous. Far and away the criminalization of marijuana is the least defensible battle in that war. But at least in the state of Washington there’s been a moment of clarity on that:

ABC News– Marijuana smokers breathed a puff of relief today as they lit up legally for the first time in Washington state and were not cited, ticketed, or arrested for what is still a federal offense.

“There are no federal agents out there busting people,” Seattle police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said today, hours after a new state law legalizing pot went into effect. Seattle police spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee wrote on the department’s blog, “The police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a Lord of the Rings marathon in the privacy of your own home, if you want to.”

Not sure why this didn’t dawn on me before, but I guess there’s no reason why state and local police officers can’t get legally, openly stoned on their own time like any one else, right?

I guess this is a problem that’s going to need to solved state by state. More like business community by business community, as the marijuana growing industry grows in influence, amid no sudden outbreaks of the drug-fueled home invasion massacres or wild rape-orgies at the hands crazed reefer-addicts confidently predicted by hysterical law enforcement agencies for the last four decades. State by state, at least until Republicans embrace their small government rhetoric and Democrats stop being afraid of being called hippies, when they’re white, or called a lot worse when they’re not.