Tennent, NJ – April 20 (aka 420) has become a counterculture holiday in North America, where people gather to consume cannabis and advocate for its re-legalization. While it took America a mere 12 years to recognize the futility of alcohol prohibition, marijuana prohibition is 75 years old and counting. Fortunately, because it has become increasingly clear that the harmful effects of the war on marijuana are far greater than any harm from marijuana itself, a majority of Americans now favor re-legalization. As people see that the dire predictions about the dangers of re-legalization have failed to materialize in the states where it is now legal, it is only a matter of time before this failed experiment is relegated to the dustbin of history.
It is worth mentioning that the Libertarian Party has opposed marijuana prohibition since its formation in the early 1970’s. We were a lone voice as Nixon began the War on Drugs in the 1970’s and during Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” campaign in the 1980s. We were a lone voice as law-and-order Republicans labeled Democrats as “soft on crime” in order to forge a bi-partisan consensus around increasingly harsh penalties for marijuana use by otherwise law-abiding Americans.
We are a lone voice no more. It is the hope of the Libertarian Party that one day April 20 will be remembered in the same way asDecember 5—the day alcohol prohibition ended.
The NJ Libertarian Party is NJ's third largest political party, founded in 1972. Our vision is for a world in which all individuals have the right to exercise sole control over their lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the rights of others to live as they choose. Our goal is to build a political party that elects Libertarians to public office and moves public policy in a libertarian direction.