Now I will admit before I even start that I'm biased. I am a dyed in the wool Democrat (although I am a Green Party member now).
Sadly his main Democratic challenger is a political opportunist who would join the American Nazi Party if he thought it would get him elected to a dog catchers position. Personally, given these two choices, I'll vote for Cthulhu.
But my personal political leanings and beliefs are not the nature of this post. I'm sure that many of my readers (all 5 or 6 of you) have frankly, stopped reading this by now. So let me tell you what this post is about.
Pot. Mary Jane, Blunt, Chronic, "the wacky weed". Marijuana. Cannabis Sativa.
Florida has Amendment 2 - the right for medical Marijuana on the November 4 ballot. I've given a lot of thought to this amendment.
As someone that rides the roads of Florida pretty much every day I'm a little worried about loosening the states laws about Marijuana. As a biker I have to deal with people texting, talking on their cell phones, drunk and distracted drivers, bad roads and uninsured/unlicensed drivers. Florida currently ranks fifth in the number of uninsured drivers I have heard that 1 in 10 drivers in Florida is unlicensed, although I'm not sure how that number was determined.
In other words, it's scary out there.
Do I really want to add someone that is high to that long list of things I have to look out for?
So for me, Amendment 2 is tricky. I know that it can help others. That supposedly their will be restrictions and regulations in place to help prevent the use of medical marijuana. I also know that some people will abuse the system.
It has been decriminalized in some other states, and I expect that trend to continue. It is widely expected that Amendment 2 will pass here in Florida and after that the laws may loosen regarding recreational use. I'm still not sure if it's a good idea or not. I don't like the idea of highly regulating the drug, see the part about our corrupt governor above. Yet I don't care for no regulation, because that worked so well with our vehicle's here in Florida.
What is a happy medium? That protects the public but allows something that might help thousands, if not millions of people, suffer less from being abused? How can we, bikers, make sure that we are protected from those that might be under the influence? It's scary enough out there. Should Florida enact tougher "driving under the influence" laws? Currently you lose your licence for anywhere from 6 months to 2 years...yet Florida does not have much in the way of alternative transportation, and you have to get to work somehow. Suddenly that 1 in every 10 unlicensed number starts to make a little more sense.
I'm ending this here because honestly I'm not sure if I have a point. I'm not sure how to end this, just like I'm unsure where I stand on my adopted states loosening of the current restrictions on "funny cigarettes." All I know for sure is that after the first Tuesday in November, I'll be ever more careful on my bike than I am now.