John Payne, executive director of Show Me Cannabis Regulation would like everyone, including people who are pro-legalization, to stop acting like the topic is an excuse to make jokes about Cheetos.

Yes, jokes can be found in all subjects, and allies doing it is less offensive than when the president brushes legalization questions off with a stoner joke, but the point still stands. This issue is finally, almost, something legitimate to discuss after only a trillion dollars, 50,000 dead Mexicans, militarized SWAT teams, and scores of thousands of arrested Americans. We get it, the munchies, LOL, so funny.

Payne:

This policy is killing thousands of people abroad, eroding our civil liberties by ransacking our homes and suffocating free speech, and creating a permanent underclass of people who have been convicted of nothing more than possessing a plant. I can think of no other domestic policy in the United States today that does so much damage and all in the name of a policy that has been entirely ineffective at preventing people from using marijuana.

When most politically-engaged Americans start to think of cannabis prohibition in these terms, the laughter will stop, and newscasters will stop showing B-roll of people taking bong rips every time they interview a cannabis law reformer. The consequences of cannabis prohibition are deadly serious, and it is time that this issue moves from the periphery of our political discourse to front and center.

The whole thing here.

Previous heroics on the subject: Penn Jillete’s delicious rant about Obama not taking the issues seriously, this video response to hack extraordinaire Kal Penn’s winking video that urged stoners to vote Obama, Michael C. Moynihan, omsbudsmaning on Red Eye, reminding a former prosecutor/bimbo that the drug war is terrible and wrong.

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  • J’ai Une Marionnette

    An excuse to make jokes about Cheetos…

    …and severed heads?

    http://reason.com/blog/2012/11/06/how-much-would-legalizing-marijuana-in-o#comment

    • Lucy Steigerwald

      You guys are the worst.

      Also, interesting to see Sullum pulling a Riggs there with the brutal photo.

  • BakedPenguin

    I think that’s the griefer, Lucy.

    Also, didn’t you mention Suspect Device as one of the libertarian-ish songs? I’d have to agree, especially after this verse:

    Just take a look around you
    At the bitterness and spite
    Why can’t we take over and try to put it right

    And then, instead of just repeating the previous chorus:

    Don’t believe them
    Don’t believe them…

    They change it to “Don’t believe us“.

    I love that.

    • Lucy Steigerwald

      It’s the song I ever moshed to. I was 17 and was eyeing the pit with alarm and intrigue, but when SFL played that song I just jumped in.

      And it really did help to blare it during G-20 when the riot cops invaded.