A Watershed In The Marijuana Debate

William F. Buckley Jr, a believer in legalization, would be happy. Rob Kampia:

[B]efore a single vote tally is reported, it should be noted that regardless of any results next week 2010 might already go down in history as a major turning point in the government’s failed war on marijuana. It was the year when marijuana prohibition became ingrained as a topic of mainstream public discourse, when political strategists first openly encouraged both major parties to embrace marijuana voters, and when – without much national notice or outrage – a Western state (not California) began to enact the first widespread system of legal, licensed, and regulated marijuana stores anywhere in the nation.

The unprecedented levels of mainstream media coverage generated by Prop. 19 and other marijuana issues cannot be overlooked. When virtually every TV news outlet and major print or online publication in the country gives prominent coverage to marijuana policy, it compels millions of Americans to think seriously about this issue for perhaps the first time in their lives. People who for years may have thought regulating marijuana was a “fringe” idea unlikely to ever come to fruition will inevitably reconsider as they see mothers, former police officers, and a former U.S. surgeon general renouncing our current policies live on television.

A search for a single mention of Prop 19 in today's National Review found only this measured piece by Reihan, one of our most illustrious Dish alums. Buckley's days truly are over at his magazine, aren't they?