When I asked Bob Newland to take part in this blog, it was because I knew him to be a well-read and skillful writer. I asked him at that time to refrain from trying to make the Decorum Forum a mouthpiece for the legalization of medical marijuana. He agreed and has commented on many other topics here, and done so with the skill I anticipated he would.
We on the blog are celebrating a bit this week, the restoration of Bob's First Amendment rights. And so, gentle readers, prepare to see a few more medical marijuana posts on this blog for a while. It is a legitimate topic and will be a newsworthy issue to discuss in an upcoming election. We're going to talk about it here.
From every political point of view, it is impossible – in my opinion – to come to the conclusion that denying suffering people affordable relief of their suffering can ever be a net positive. My favorite conservative of all time, William F. Buckley, Jr., was right back in 1995 or '96. The war on drugs is lost and is a waste of taxpayer money.
That said, repete asked in a post below what good did gagging Bob do. And the answer, to my way of thinking, is that in terms of Bob's "rehabilitation" it did nothing. Bob is as passionate about his cause today as he was the day before he was arrested.
The good it may have done, and that is yet to be seen, is that it may have opened a meaningful dialog here and elsewhere about how much sense our marijuana laws make. And, I'll start the conversation here by telling my gentle readers that they don't make any sense.