Francis Di Domizio wrote:Not disagreeing with you that this type of legislation is completely the wrong direction to go on multiple fronts, just not sure why you are frustrated with the Democratic party on this one.
Maybe I just cannot let go of the past, but when the DEMS last controlled both houses of WI they could have passed a medical bill, but Julie Lassa (D-Steven Point) sided with Republicans and the bill never passed necessary committees. Despite the fact former Gov. Doyle was on record that he would sign and it appeared the votes were there to pass in both houses, if it ever came to a floor vote.
I agree it is pointless to think you are going to pass anything like this under the current leadership and Republican majority, BUT the Democrats NEED a new strategy. Take it to the public. Start educating voters you have a better plan than the Republicans. NO rational person can agree that it makes sense to spend millions locking up pot smokers and stifling a new economy that is creating jobs and revenue in many other states. It is up to the Democrats (if they want to win) to make this an issue. Seriously, what else do they have? Unions? The environment? Schools?
I am frustrated with the Democratic Party in WI for failing to realize this is an opportunity to support a POPULAR cause and gain support with new potential voters or maybe bring back former supporters who are fed up with both parties and need an issue like this to show them a difference still exists. Dems and even (gasp) Republicans in other states across the nation have supported various marijuana initiatives. Why do you think most Dems are so afraid of an issue that has an 80% approval rating statewide?
Interpret this however you want, but Tammy Baldwin won a WI Senate race against a popular Republican and has for her entire career supported marijuana causes and NOT afraid to take a stand on the issue. I certainly do not see how it would hurt anyone's popularity, much less be a net loss in votes for a Democrat to support medical pot or hemp.
As the marijuana movement grows, new activists are popping up all over the state, getting organized, getting the word out, and changing people minds on the issue. They need candidates to support. Ignore it all you want but marijuana has become a BIG issue in states like CO, CA, WA, and most of the east coast. I see no reason why it could not be an equally important factor here in WI, perhaps even deciding an election or two in the future. I see nothing wrong with being optimistic even if it seems a lost cause right now. Because NOW is the time to gear up for the next election, provided they do want to win.