It would be nice to think this was a cherry-picked, deliberately slanted story, but it’s in the bloody Guardian, yesterday: “With weed off the agenda, Colorado pot cafe patrons lose burning desire to vote“:
There was an outbreak of giggles in America’s first legal marijuana cafe when I asked the question.
“So … is anyone voting today?”
It wasn’t as if no one in the room was interested in politics; for an hour they had been arguing over tax, policing, municipal regulation, the difference between Democrats and Republicans, and what the Founding Fathers intended when they wrote the US constitution.
It was just that the patrons of Club Ned were high up in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains – 8,420ft above sea level, and way above the clouds. And they said they were not going to vote for anything that didn’t involve marijuana.
The owners, Cheryl Fanelli, 47, and her husband David, 57, have dedicated their lives to politics; campaigning for – and sometimes drafting – more relaxed cannabis laws, an effort that reached its climax in Colorado this year when the legalisation of recreational marijuana came into force…
Yet without a cannabis-related measure (or candidate) in the state on the ballot on Tuesday, neither were prepared to drive the 16 miles down the mountain to Boulder to their nearest polling station.
“There should be no politicians,” said Cheryl, who usually votes but sat this one out. “There should be no such thing as a politician.”
David put it less esoterically. “I don’t vote. I’m not into the politics shit.” He held aloft a hash brownie, said “the election won’t affect this”, smiled and plopped it in his mouth….
Cory Gardner and the Tea Party thank you very much, you self-centered douchecanoe.
Honestly, I kept checking to see if I’d accidentally clicked on The Onion.