Monday, May 14, 2012 at 2:43 p.m.
It's being widely reported today--including right here on Navel Gazing, like one minute ago--that Ron Paul is bowing out of the 2012 presidential race, or more accurately, ceasing any campaigning in states that have yet to hold their Republican Party primary elections.
This is not good news for people who like pot.
One the one hand there's Mitt Romney, a Mormon who presumably doesn't even drink alcohol. He recently a told a wheelchair-bound man who tried to ask him about medicinal pot: "I don't support medical marijuana. Bye." Then there's Barack Obama, who smoked reefer with wild abandon while at college 30 years ago, a habit he presumably picked up at Hawaii's Punahou high school. But now he's pau with the pakalolo, brah. In case you didn't notice, he's the guy who's presiding over the complete destruction of the medical marijuana industry right now.
All of which leads to one question: Who wins the pot vote?
The good news is that you don't have to choose between Romney and Obama. According to the U.S. Federal Election Commission, there are actually 382 individuals who have filed official candidacy paperwork. There's someone named Stewart Alexis Alexander, who unlike Obama is an actual socialist from the Socialist Party USA. We don't know much else about him, including his position on marijuana, but he's from Murrietta, CA, so he's probably high.
There's also someone named Roseanne Cherri Barr
, who's the candidate for the Green Party
. She's from Encino
and once had her own TV show--actually she apparently still does have one. Does she smoke weed? Why yes she does! Or at least that's what one would assume given that when she announced her campaign on Jay Leno
's Tonight Show
she said that legalizing marijuana would be her top priority
Finally, there's the Libertarian Party
. As the Weekly
's R. Scott Moxley
reported here on Navel Gazing
on May 5, former Orange County Superior Court Judge Jim Grayis running as vice president for the party
, alongside former New Mexico
Governor Gary Johnson
. If anyone means business about legalizing pot, it's Gray, who also backs a proposed ballot initiative in California to "Regulate Marijuana Like Wine
Okay, let's hear it. If you're a stoner and aren't a convicted felon, who gets your vote this November?