Sunday, March 16, 2008

Weed-ing out the votes

Today I'm G spotting over at Scrivel, which is a good thing since it gives me some time to clean up around here. We'll be leaving for Cáceres on Wednesday to spend the Easter holidays with my parents-in-law, and the house is a mess and nothing is packed.
This morning, while I was throwing out all the old newspapers we had lying around, I found one that had all the results of last weekend's election. That in itself wouldn't be interesting, except for the fact that some of those minority parties I blogged about a few days ago got amazing results. I looked at how many votes each party got in the town where we live and wasn't surprised to see that most were for the two major parties. What called my attention was that out of 3,736 votes, the Cannabis Party got 30 votes. Now, every time I pass one of my neighbors I wonder...
Thirty votes may not seem like a lot, but it's more than I expected they would get. In fact, it was the 6th most voted party in all of Navarre, and even if it's less than 1% of the population, they're ahead of the Green Party, the Fairer World Party, and the Anti-Bullfighting party.
Somehow I get the feeling that this has something to do with the large population of university students we have around here. I've heard they even celebrate San Canuto ("canuto" is "joint" in Spanish).
Do people really think that these guys are able to run the government, or is it that they didn't like the other options? Imagine for a moment that they had won. Once they legalize pot, what would they do next?
I can just picture their proposal for changes to the educational system:
  • Science: Cultivation of marihuana, prevention of plant disease, and medicinal use. 
  • History: Hemp through ages. 
  • Home Economics: Cooking with cannabis. 
  • Math: How to calculate the profit you can make from marihuana. 
  • Foreign language: Learn all the pot-related vocabulary in other languages. 
And there you have it, the well-rounded youth of the future.

*Update, March 17th: I think I've localized one of those thirty voters, or at least their car, which just happens to be parked right in front of my house, sporting a large cannabis sticker on the trunk.


  1. Hah, good one Theresa. They probably gave out bags of Doritos during their campaign drive; you know...for the munchies that inevitably come later.

  2. I hear they have Cannabis Vending machines in California! NOt sure how it works since you have to have a medical reason for using it.
    Maybe they give out electronic cards.

    Did I mention how seethingly jealous I am of your hacking abilities? I shamefully did so on your last post. :0) Great Job!!!!

  3. Did you see Cheech and Chong in the front seat?

  4. You know what, when I was a teen, I used to find these people/ parties so cool. Then I grew up and wondered the same -- legalizing it IS NOT a political program. Gee, good thing their supporters are usually too high to remember when to vote!

  5. ve: Over here they'd probably be handing out Spanish ham and olives.

    zoa: I'll bet there's a huge market for fake cards. ;)
    Don't be jealous, it's easy once you start. The only bad thing is that it takes lots of time.

    jeff: No, I think they left the car there to go to a party.

    zhu: I don't really have a problem with it being legal, but these guys don't have any program other than that, so it doesn't make any sense for them to be in the central government.

  6. At least it's not lacking in - substance. Oh I crack myself up and often, only myself.

    You however, crack me up too.

  7. I dunno, I think I'd be all for the Cannabis Party.

    Hmmm... the munchies would make me gain weight though.

  8. I know you're goofing and all, but I am all for the legalization of drugs.

    And, no, I don't do any. I'd just like to see them taxed and regulated.

    Yea, I'm the original party pooper.