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For now let's move beyond the presidential election to some of the important ballot initiatives.
At stake some states.
Legalizing marijuana for recreational use allowing gay marriage toward California raising their own taxes you.
I can't follow all of these measures so let's do what I do -- I wanna learn whether my freedoms in danger turned to reason magazine.
Or even better the brains behind it reasons editor in chief Matt Welch and nick Gillespie who runs reason TV so.
-- freedom win at all.
A little bit if you look at opportunities that Americans had yesterday to vote.
In a libertarian direction they actually took it pages were given that many opportunities.
Specifically the biggest thing by far is the marijuana legalization.
In Colorado and Washington which is a huge -- a shot across the bow.
On on drug prohibition and this is how prohibition is eventually going to and in this country like alcohol prohibition and did before that I didn't know this to you pointed out alcohol prohibition was repealed by some individual states before.
The -- -- right.
Two dozen states I think by the end of of that prohibition period do you work another -- -- -- three years -- -- probation and sold for ten years enforcement was entirely up to the fit right in some of these cities also you know and states lived in pretty open defiance and when you do that the federal government actually doesn't have -- guns to enforce -- the majority vast majority marijuana arrests -- -- on the state level so there aren't enough DEA agents to go into every Colorado pot smoker from now wants what's going to set -- -- -- for the government and this is that.
Although at the same time the DNA one of our one of our reporters called the Drug Enforcement Administration who was warning people.
Whoever would listen that you know -- federal laws are still in force.
But done in a similar way the shift to marriage equality in a number of states places like Maine Maryland -- -- Let's say I'm marijuana just for moment I'm as I'm happy to stand marijuana yeah how.
Just -- president's state -- -- law that doesn't mean that it that you're out of trouble and the Obama administration has -- -- more than 200 dispensaries many more than bush did right twice as many.
Has been god awful on this and then it was actually the Clinton administration another another democratic administration that started rating.
Medical marijuana dispensaries that became legal under California law.
-- -- -- even after saying oh we're not -- exactly and this is a major major issue because it's not simply about drug legalization but it's about.
Does the state to the states have the right to set certain policies that affect their residents.
Where do they always have to kind of give over to whatever the federal government since there have been other precedents of medical marijuana the Supreme Court ruled.
That's the federal laws that matter but this is another bite at that apple and it's gonna have ramifications far beyond just.
Marijuana legal was.
And let's keep in mind that 50% of Americans now for the first time are in favor of legalizing marijuana this is moving very very fast in the direction.
-- popular support for repeal so it it has its front Colorado it -- solidly 55.
-- in Washington in Washington -- Colorado and Washington -- solidly.
And Washington sets THC levels for driving under the and.
We'll switch that was a very controversial.
Part among the drug legalization or drug reform.
About that but it was meant to kind of come up with a way of -- some people's fear.
That there's no way to test for how high you war and -- when you should -- creditors take your blood if you're -- an accident you know we did well all of this is I believe Washington State has about a year to figure out the technical input input patience of the large implementation.
And Colorado has about six months.
In Colorado's governor a Democrat.
Oppose this he -- all the voters have spoken and we have to respect their well I thought the Democrats were for individual freedom -- he went on to say federal law still says marijuana is illegal drugs that don't break out that she -- goldfish too quickly got there.
They love their stupid pot jokes -- -- this is a great reminder that.
-- -- not gonna get any help from politicians on this issue and -- a lot of issues in which both parties are terrible.
The way to get anything done is to -- around politics as usual.
He's initiative process when you can and other kind of technicalities.
Of independence to get stuff done Democrats have been just as useless as Republicans on this for.
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