Those of us that have been around for a while (not that I admit to being old) are familar with politics as practiced in “smoke filled rooms.” As a general rule they are described as a place, especially a hotel room near a political or business convention, where a group of influential people gather to negotiate or make deals in private.
A political party in Vancouver, British Columbia has put a new spin [pun intended – ed] on the term.
Marijuana Party officials kicked off their campaign in a British Columbia provincial election in a smoke-filled room at an art gallery here.
Campaign manager Kirk Tousaw told about 1,000 people at the rally Wednesday that Marijuana is anything but a fringe group.
“The majority of the people in this province smoke marijuana or have smoked marijuana,” Tousaw said. “So either they’re criminals or we’re mainstream.”
The party’s main platform for the balloting on May 17 is to wrest control of marijuana from Ottawa.
“The provinces need to take over control, take back control from organized crime and begin to regulate and tax the marijuana industry,” Tousaw said.
With the ongoing Adscam scandal there is little doubt someone has to “wrest control” from Ottawa but I seriously doubt a bunch of potheads are the answer.
Some in attendance said they didn’t know the event had anything to do with politics. Pot smoking at the museum has been an annual event on April 20 for about a decade.
The Marijuana Party plans to run candidates in 40 of the 79 legislative districts for the elections and asserted that Marijuana is anything but a fringe group.
So what does that mean, they were there for the pot and not the politics?
And what does it say about the Marijuana Party not being a “fringe group,” if they were required to utilize an already established event to pad their attendence figures?
I’ll leave you to ponder those thoughts, I hear a large bag of Doritos calling my name.
H/T Pickled Pundit