I love Florida. I was born and raised in this state. Unfortunately, it is one of the strictest states in the nation for marijuana offenders.
I was watching the news last night and they were talking about looking for ways to help fix the budget. The only thing they seemed remotely enthusiastic about was some new gambling rules and more casinos to bring in revenue. Other than that the state representatives were focusing on making budget cuts for a lot of needed programs. Such as the five year plan for road work.
It really is a shame how badly Florida is shooting itself in the foot by not regulating cannabis. It seems like almost all the states representatives at the moment prefer keeping cannabis illegal. Which dauntingly comes across as no end in site for the future of any changes.
I recently made a blog post called "To the future politicians who want my vote in Florida", and I really go into some more good details about quality of life issues; economics, that would benefit from legalization.
There are so many good arguments that explain a multitude of benefits out there, that the arguments for keeping cannabis illegal are becoming greatly overshadowed. I really don't think the politicians realize how much more support they would get from voters if they were to be for legalization. I seriously doubt it would be political suicide. People in this state would be so much better off and happier.
Good people everyday are becoming criminals for something people in other states have the freedom to do without fear of persecution. There are so many people being arrested for a victimless crime. Why can't the residents of this Florida be allowed to enjoy that kind of freedom too?
Sometime in the near future I am optimistic that the government will decriminalize cannabis on a federal level and make it a states right issue. I seriously doubt that Florida would change anything though, even if the federal government was to decide to do that. I hope I am wrong, just can't help but feel a bit pessimistic though.
Maybe it is already crossing their mind, I hope it does every time they make a budget cut on another vital program. Surely they take no joy in doing that. It can't possibly be helping them out during voting season.
A lot of folks are pretty interested in how California votes in November. The issue is said to have already over a 55% chance to pass the vote in preliminary polls. The issue has more support than 3 of the politicians campaigning for governor combined.
The people are sending a strong message to the government. We are saying please listen to us, quit making us criminals, let us improve our quality of life, it really is the right thing to do.