Our nation’s capital is gearing up to join Colorado and Washington state in legalizing marijuana. Already about half of the states have legalized the drug for medicinal use. Journalist Richard Leiby has noticed what would seem to be an odd fact: Despite our supposed political polarization and our alleged culture wars, pro-marijuana initiatives are attracting virtually no organized opposition!
Why not? Well, conservatives these days tend to lean libertarian. Aging Baby Boomers of all persuasions, being Sixties veterans, don’t consider marijuana all that big a deal (though today’s genetically-engineered strains are far more potent than what they grew under ultra-violet lights in their basements). Churches today don’t seem to care that much about minor personal vices since there are so many major ones. Can you think of any other reasons? What does this tell us about our culture today, and is it good or bad? Read Mr. Leiby’s article, linked and excerpted after the jump. [Read more...]