See You Next Tuesday (Legalize It)

See You Next Tuesday is the Boomstick's first regular weekly column. Each Tuesday, I bring you the week's most laughable scumbags, idiots, and jerks for your reading and reviling pleasure. See previous editions here.

Old stoners had no problem making it to the polls.
Today's See You Next Tuesdays are the youth voters in California.  Last week's midterm elections generated a lot of buzz about California's "Proposition 19," a ballot initiative that would have decriminalized* marijuana in the Golden State. Despite seemingly everyone in California being stoned all the time, Prop 19 failed at the polls (54% No to 46% Yes).  And it appears California's pot-smoking youth is to blame.  According to the Wall Street Journal,
"A post-election poll out in California has shown that if young voters had turned out as heavily on Tuesday as they do for presidential elections, the result on Proposition 19 — the ballot measure that proposed legalizing marijuana for recreational use — would have been a close call."
What might be worst about young voters' dismal turnout is how it enables cliche jokes about the unproductive consequences of marijuana (this blog is no exception). Obviously, California voters' inaction has spawned a litany of "lazy pothead" remarks.  But supporters of Prop.  19 were not just the sleepy-eyed Jim Breuers of the world.  They were economists and fiscal experts who cited the bill as a budget-saver, both in potential tax revenue and the cessation of wasted (no pun intended) money and police power currently devoted to locking up college kids for bong hits.


Opponents rallied behind the website, "No on Proposition 19.com."  Notwithstanding its comma splice, the website's catchphrase "It's a jumbled, legal nightmare!" may have had a valid point.  Voters were encouraged to examine the legislation themselves, and what they found was indeed an imprecise, inarticulate bill.

But while being incomplete may explain those who voted "No" on Prop 19, it doesn't excuse those voters who didn't show up at the polls.  I'm not buying that the same people who watch the DVD menu screen for two hours refused to vote because they were protesting a poorly-written referendum.  Dudes!  It's like California handed you a bag of Doritos and you refused the eat them because they weren't "Doritos Late Night!"  There are times in life when it's just not prudent to be picky.

Remember what I said about encouraging pathetic, stereotyped pothead jokes? Young stoners, you did this to yourselves.  And that's why, in addition to jeopardizing your criminal records and denying your State much-needed revenue, you have also earned yourselves the label "See You Next Tuesday."  Dude, that burns.


* Saying the bill would have decriminalized marijuana is an oversimplification.  More accurately, according to California's Legislative Analsyst's Office, Prop 19 "(1) legalizes various marijuana-related activities, (2) allows local governments to regulate these activities, (3) permits local governments to impose and collect marijuana-related fees and taxes, and (4) authorizes various criminal and civil penalties."
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David
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November 9, 2010 at 12:12 PM delete

"It's a jumbled, legal nightmare!" is not a comma splice, although it is inappropriately used, as "jumbled" and "legal" are not coordinate adjectives here.

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Brad
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November 9, 2010 at 1:40 PM delete

David is correct. He was even nice enough to give us an example of an actual comma splice in his comment. Thanks, David!

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Alison Lee
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November 9, 2010 at 2:26 PM delete

I thought about correcting my statement, but I'd hate to render a perfectly good snarky comment irrelevant. So incorrect "comma splice" usage it is!

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Anonymous
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November 9, 2010 at 3:23 PM delete

Call me crazy but somehow "Notwithstanding its incorrectly used comma (as "jumbled" and "legal" are not coordinate adjectives here), the website's catchphrase "It's a jumbled, legal nightmare!" may have had a valid point" just wouldn't have the same effect. (Not affect.)

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Justin
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November 10, 2010 at 12:52 PM delete

The jalapeno popper Dorito's are awesome. I suggest to anyone has not yet tried them to do so.

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