Tomorrow's Election Day in the US is your chance to have your voice heard
The stereotype about stoners is that they’re layabouts and jokers, but here at The Elegant Stoner, we know that’s not true. People who enjoy cannabis come from all walks of life, and more often than not, they’re smart, capable, and interested in the finest things in life. You know — exactly the kind of person we need more of in our government lately! Tomorrow, November 6, is a midterm Election Day in the United States, and just in case you’ve been under a rock for the last few years, it’s one of the most important such days in our lifetime.
First and foremost from our perspective, it’s because there’s a whole lot of marijuana proposals on the docket. The Motley Fool has a nice guide up walking through all of the states dealing with legalization on the ballot tomorrow. If you’re in one of those states, you should get yourself out to the polls and be represented. It’s no secret that Americans are already in favor of marijuana legalization, and so it’s very important that we make our voices heard, and make sure that the laws of this country match up with the beliefs of its citizens.
And of course that’s the other big issue. Lately in the US, there’s been plenty of divisions, and a lot of back and forth yelling from side to side. That’s not helpful either, but the biggest issue is that in many cases, legislators and leaders just aren’t connected at all to what the people are interested in or what the people want. Whether it’s corporate sponsors passing legislation through on their own, or leaders who follow their own instincts or make themselves richer, the US has an issue lately where those in charge just aren’t working for the citizens they’re meant to represent, or all too often are working against them.
And that’s why voting is so important to the future of this country. No matter what your party affiliation or politics, you need to make sure your voice is heard. Voter turnout in this country has been extremely low for a long time — usually less than half the country actually votes in midterm elections, and that only increases a few percent during Presidential election years!
Whatever you believe, the first step to making sure that the people are in charge of our government (and not the other way around) is simply using your right to vote to its fullest extent. There are voter guides in all of your local media, and you can use any polling place finders online to figure out where you need to go to vote. If you’re in the US and eligible to vote, please take the time and do so.
The marijuana movement has accomplished many, many historical milestones in just the last few years, starting with legalization in the United States, legalization in other countries including Canada, and even efforts to start undoing the damage of the War on Drugs. And nearly none of these milestones would have been reached without a community that’s active both inside and outside the election system. You may have thought in the past that voting doesn’t matter, or that no choice on the ballot is worth selecting, but while things still aren’t perfect, for sure, the first step to improvement is simply getting involved. Please, tomorrow and every Election Day, take the time to mark your ballot. If we don’t use our ability to make our voices heard, we’ll continue to see the realities of our government and our laws just not reflect what the majority of citizens want, whether on the issues of cannabis or anything else.