This cartoon was first published October 19, 2018, in The Costa Rica Star.
Last week my editor at the Star asked me to do something on marijuana becoming legal in Costa Rica, in relation to the news of it becoming legal in Canada. I initially didn’t think it was a good subject because medicinal weed isn’t legal in Costa Rica, so why would we talk about it becoming legal recreationally? But, I changed my mind.
Why did I change my mind? Because, people are passionate about pot. Usually, you know someone smokes marijuana, not so much from the smell, but from them talking about it constantly. They’re like vegetarians. How can you tell if someone is a vegetarian? They’ll tell you…repeatedly.
Frankly, it’s stupid not to legalize marijuana. If alcohol is legal, then you might as well legalize weed. It’s no more dangerous, and in fact, may not really be dangerous at all. I guarantee if the Democratic nominee for president stands on a platform of legalizing it, and not just OK with it, but fully open and promising to work to make it legal, that candidate will win. There will be millions of first-time voters.
There are more smokers of marijuana in Costa Rica than cigarette smokers. Cigarettes are legal. Marijuana is not. It’s probably going to stay that way for a long time. Don’t hold your breath.
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