If you were disappointed by Tuesday’s election results and need a way to unwind because you’ve already broken all of your fingers from punching the nearest concrete wall, there was some good news to come from the polls. Voters in two states and the District of Columbia (so that kinda sorta makes three) approved legislation that legalizes or softened the penalties for the recreational use of marijuana.
Oregon and Alaska had ballots that would wipe away the criminal penalties for marijuana use and DC had one that lessened the penalties for use and possession and all three overwhelmingly approved it. This means that starting next year, anyone 21 and older can legally buy and smoke pot and the cops can’t do nothing about it. However, we don’t recommend doing a bong hit and blowing it in their face. They tend to react negatively to that kind of stuff.
If there’s one place in the world that need to smoke a joint and chill the f*$& out, it’s Washington D.C.
D.C.’s approval of recreational marijuana is a little more complicated. Their law only allows citizens who are of legal age to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana and grow no more than six plants in their home for their personal use. They can also transfer up to one ounce to another person but it’s not legal to sell it. Congress also has the authority to overrule any law that the voters put into place and considering some of the killjoys we have in their now, it’s probably going to happen. So if you thought Congress’ 9-percent approval rating couldn’t get any lower, just watch how low it gets when some 90-year-old coot decides to take their marijuana away because they thought “Reefer Madness” was a documentary.
by Danny Gallagher