I'm going to indulge myself on this one. First, I just plain find it funny when drug advocates start arguing amongst themselves. Second, there are interesting general issues here for advancing an agenda, developing a majority consensus and achieving partial victories at the cost of full victories.
Drug Law Blog has an entry up which argues that the forces in favor of the legalization of cannabis for personal recreational consumption should not insist that personal cultivation rights be pivotal. Instead, the author argues that having Marlboro or some other company produce cannabis cigarettes for sale would be peachy.
I don't care if you can "grow your own" as long as somebody is allowed to grow it for you, legally, and sell it to you legally, and you are permitted to use it legally, as an adult. I don't even care if the market that results from that system is somewhat exploitative and doesn't entirely eradicate some percentage of black market trafficking, because -- guess what -- that's capitalism.
those of us who lobby on this issue must insist on amendments to permit personal cultivation.
An interesting question, is it not? It echos people who are currently angry that Obama is not sufficiently left-wing in his agenda. Resonates with the what-is-the-proper-feminism arguments. Even has parallels to those who seem to feel that any advice given around these part about how to optimize a career path within the system is evidence of endorsing and perpetuating said system's deficiencies. I wonder if the cannabosphere will come to any reasonable resolution...