Topic: Law Follows Opinion
Change in the law, be it a legislative creation or the result of a grassroots initiative, follows popular opinion. Consider gay marriage and cannabis legalization plotted across time:
These two graphs reflect two opinions in flux which have reached a tipping point. Gay marriage is rapidly becoming the law of the land. And despite an occasional off the cuff remark by Joe Biden, or a referendum from N. Carolina, it receives little attention from the media compared to ten years ago. Now gay marriage is rolling across the country from the coasts inward and from the north to the south.
Re medical marijuana, polls are closer to 70% approval (the above graph reflects out and out legalization. Money, science and popular opinion are tumbling in in support of our cause. A riff between Federal and State law is being played out in California and Colorado. Analyzing popular opinion (see graphs above) leads me to the conclusion that this staged drama represents the last gasp of a dying coalition.
Conclusion: I believe the big picture pivots on preserving the trend in popular opinion. The law will follow. Why? It always does. And eventually, we get used to it. Caucasian males answer me this: does it surprise you to see a black woman in line where you vote? How about in the front of the bus you're riding? Not too shocking any more, is it.
Please reply with opinions on how we can maintain our plurality regarding the legalization of marijuana.