The thing is although marijuana legalization is being seen as more and more popular every decade, the people aren't going to vote for Ron Paul. He will get chewed up in the primaries and, consequently, his probable presidential candidacy won't see the light of day.
The legalization movement has to be a larger populist movement for it to gain any real footing. I will say that the reason why it isn't gaining much footing is because of the common stereotype that people who support MJ legalization are just looking to get high. I don't necessarily agree, but I can see where they get that because there is a massive credibility gap there. I mean, you can tout the practical uses of cannabis all you want, but if you don't look like an outstanding individual, you're probably not going to sway my opinion. So, in order for this movement to get any further, the face of the movement has to change from the drug being used to the people getting thrown in jail because they made a choice that they think suited them.
It would be absolutely ridiculous to throw tobacco smokers in jail because they made choices similar to the ones that marijuana smokers make; they smoke. They're two different drugs and they effect the person in very different ways, but the recipient of the effects is always different; marijuana doesn't work like a skeleton key and won't get the same results out of everybody. Some people who smoke marijuana are at risk for increased anxiety, but a majority of people don't experience this. It is inherently stupid to keep it illegal because of its core effects without taking into account the medical backgrounds of the millions of people who do. It's the government telling us what's best for us and, almost always, that's not
what's best because the government doesn't actually know you as a person or a human being. They just assume that what's good for some is good for many, but the reality is that nobody knows what is good for the majority, so it's better to not even approach this shit in the first place; it's the epitome of negative social engineering and arrogance.
All I want is for this movement to succeed so we can stop throwing innocent people in jail at the expense of our tax dollars. We're practically shoveling our money to this dipshit lawyers who can't wait to make their payload on common misfortunes. The government is infringing on the peace of ordinary people who choose to smoke a substance that is, arguably, less dangerous than tobacco and alcohol. I think that's injustice. I think I'll never stop talking about this as long as it's an issue.