Legalizing Pot May Be Women's Work

Today's users don't fit the stoner stereotype: Parker
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2009 7:00 AM CDT
A box is filled with marijuana plants at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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(Newser) – Good for AG Eric Holder for announcing that the Justice Department will let medical marijuana laws stand, writes Kathleen Parker—at last, the 14 states that give cannabis to the chronically ill won't face further raids by the feds. But it's not enough: 44% of Americans favor full legalization, and these days, writes the Washington Post columnist, it's not hippies or liberals who are leading the charge, but soccer moms who don't want to see their children criminalized by irrational laws.

High Times is about to feature Jessica Corry, a pearls-wearing, pro-life Republican mom fighting to end marijuana prohibition on conservative grounds; smaller government conflicts with laws about what we put in our bodies, and, anyway, "alcohol and cigarettes—not to mention 700-calorie cheeseburgers—are inarguably more harmful than a little reefer," Parker writes. But it seems male conservatives are slow to rally. As with the repeal of prohibition, it may be women who will lead the "next revolution in personal autonomy."