Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Get Married High

Two things are happening at midnight. Two things that are big, small, touchstones, and nearly irrelevant—all at the same time.

The two things happening at midnight—marijuana possession in Washington state officially becomes legal and gay couples will be allowed to marry. Personally I believe both of these things rock. Like, some of the most awesome crap to happen in a while.

I'll shed few words to describe the elation I feel that the people of this great state have decided it is in this country's best interest to legitimize the relationships of all consenting adults. There is no litmus test for marriage for the most screwed up straight people and there should be no discrimination for any gays that want to marry. Period. So now that they are allowed to marry they no longer have to pretend that 'traditional' marriage is some sacrosanct institution. Rather it was the transfer of chattel from one male to another which happened to transfer many legal properties to the modern incarnation of marriage as we know it. Marriage as we know it is an imperfect structure, meant to bind two people together as a way of strengthening their will and commitment to a prosperous society. In reality there is often divorce, abuse, neglect, and broken dreams.

So why am I happy that gay people can now partake in this ceremony? Because we are all on equal ground now. Despite the certain dangers and drawbacks to marriage there are many benefits as well. The exclusion of any group based purely on prejudice and archaic principles is no excuse to hold them back.

They get the good, the bad, the sickness, and the health. Welcome to marriage community. Let's hope you can strengthen each other and forge a stronger bond through the institution rather than become jaded by the hateful and depraved farce us straights have made it.

So that's y'know, the newly bestowed right about love and stuff. The next one is about war. The war on drugs. Washington is officially altering how it handles the war on drugs. Not in a major way—a way that would cause substantial impacts to federal policy or starve the Mexican Drug Cartels, but in a way that signals we are ready for a different approach and a more expansive policy framework.

All that mumbo jumbo means that people can get high now. Legally.

I now live in a state that is concerned with regulating, taxing, and controlling a substance with wide-ranging medical implications and well-known positive recreational effects. And there's a market. So we're fixing the economy while much of the rest of the country is spending billions on non-violent drug offenders (many of them small time possession convictions with mandatory minimum sentences) and fighting a war on drugs that is estimated to stop less than 1% of the country's drug traffic.

And that's why today is big.