Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Times Are A-Changin', So Which Comes First: Legal Weed or Same Sex Marriage?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Perhaps somewhat buried amongst the celebrations and/or meltdowns (choose your own adventure!) that followed President Barack Obama's successful re-election last night were several historic ballot initiatives, the success of which would seem to point the way to a progressive American future/dystopia (choose your own adventure!).

Voters in Maine and Maryland last night approved same-sex marriage rights, while an amendment banning same-sex marriage was defeated in Minnesota. Another initiative, which would allow same-sex marriage in Washington state, was leading late last night but had not been officially decided as of this writing. Until now, same-sex marriage had failed in every state that put it up for a vote.

Meanwhile, marijuana use was up for a vote in six states —┬áColorado, Washington, Oregon, Arkansas, Massachusetts and Montana. While voters in Arkansas and, surprisingly enough, Oregon voted against laws permitting recreational marijuana use, and restrictive changes to an existing medical marijuana law were passed in Montana, the chilled-out citizens of Colorado and Washington approved recreational use, and those in Massachusetts approved marijuana use for medicinal purposes.

So, dear readers, we feel a change comin' on (choose your own Bob Dylan reference!) but we'll put it to you: Which comes to Tennessee first — marriage rights for same-sex couples or some form of legalized marijuana use?

(It's worth noting that the path for marijuana is much easier in Tennessee, since the constitution wouldn't need amending.)

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