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Welcome to Ballot Watch. Today is the second in the series of articles on the upcoming ballot initiatives and some key local elections. Some of these will cover topics in common with multiple states, while others will look at a state level.
President Obama has disappointed many left-wing and Libertarian supporters by reneging on his public promises regarding enforcement of marijuana laws. Many of the laws on the list which follows will create a legal quandary: while many social conservatives support the 10th Amendment when it comes to their pet issues, they’re not nearly as keen on the same provision in the Bill of Rights when it comes to same-sex marriage (article Thursday) or medical marijuana use.
In this, our second installment in the Ballot Watch series (Unions First!), I’ll examine marijuana legalization or decriminalization initiatives, state by state.
On January 4, 2012, members of the Weber-Morgan [Counties, Utah] Narcotics Strike Force attempted to arrest Matthew David Stewart, 37, a former Army sergeant and Iraq war veteran. Holding a valid “knock and announce” warrant, they broke down Stewart’s door in a quiet neighborhood of Ogden, Utah and a shootout ensued. Stewart allegedly shot six police officers and killed one of them, Officer Jared Francom.
According to the warrant for Stewart’s arrest on murder and attempted murder charges that ensued, Stewart fired on Strike Force officers from a
concealed position at close range with a Beretta 9 mm semi-automatic pistol … Agent Grogan was struck in the face and went to the floor. Agent Derek Draper returned fire as he was fired upon … Agent Kasey Burrell [was hit] at least twice and [Stewart] mortally wounded Agent Jared Francom who was struck six times. … Stewart shot Sergeant Nate Hutchinson several times as he engaged the suspect and helped wounded officers evacuate … the suspect also shot Agent James Vanderwarf … Stewart advanced on officers as they were trying to evacuate … and continued firing at officers as they moved away from the home … the suspect shot Officer Rounkles twice as he entered the home … Stewart moved to the front door of the residence and continued shooting into the street and front yard at the already wounded agents and fellow agents … Police returned fire causing the suspect to retreat … and exit the northeast bedroom window into the backyard … entered a small storage shed.
The cause of all this carnage? Allegedly, home-grown marijuana.
Pauly spends a lot of time swimming around in his pond, pondering the problems of the world. Being a particularly perspicacious political platypus, he is a problem-solver par excellence. Pauly’s latest offering is one of his very best. Our platypus proposes a solution to the obesity problem in America: legalizing pot!
It turns out that fatty foods stimulate the same chemical releases in the brain as marijuana, which is why it’s so hard for you to eat just one potato chip. So, Pauly argues, it follows that if pot is legal, everybody will forgo the fatty faux-chemicals and go straight for the real thing (which is non-fattening.) If legal pot is properly taxed, it could solve the deficit, obesity and skyrocketing health care costs, all in one toke… er, stroke.
Pauly accepts your grateful accolades with his usual grace and humility. “Aw shucks, t’aint nuthin’,” he murmurs shyly, twirling a webbed toe in the mud.