And this is actually breaking news for prohibitionists. I started following the opposition on Twitter so I’d have a little more to talk about and rebut, but not a lot of exciting things are even being brought up. Their latest piece of news is that D.A.R.E. America and their CEO Charlie Parsons have announced opposition to Prop 19. No shit? D.A.R.E. America doesn’t want weed to be legal? The only surprise about this story to me is how late in the game it came. November, at least in a political sense, is right around the corner.
The greatest part about D.A.R.E.’s opposition, as SAFER is right to point out, is that D.A.R.E.’s website basically praises social drinking:
“Take a minute and think how often adults drink alcohol: a cold beer at a baseball game, a glass of Chardonnay with a piece of broiled fish, a gin and tonic on a warm day. Social drinking is an acceptable and pleasurable activity for millions of Americans. It relaxes you, curbs stress, and chases away inhibitions, but if it becomes a regular mechanism to escape troubles and to feel good, it can be an abuse, a dependency, and a severe problem for millions of Americans.” –D.A.R.E. America website
I’m sensing not only a strong movement of support behind Prop 19, but also a weak and hypocritical opposition. More and more people are beginning to see this clear double standard and question the mythical “devil’s weed” rhetoric. Things are looking good.