Not all of last’s week election results were welcome by the Religious Right since, in addition to Republican gains, marijuana was also legalized by voters in two states and the District of Columbia.
Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver is very alarmed by these developments, saying on his “Faith and Freedom” radio program today that while he is normally an advocate of limited government, such is not the case when it comes to marijuana because pot smoking drivers and crane operators are putting everyone else at risk!
When Staver is driving down the road, he explained, he has a right “to be safe in my person” which is being undermined if other people are smoking pot because “it puts everyone out on that road at risk.”
“The crane operator that’s lifting this huge crane object over the top of a building in downtown Orlando or wherever it might be puts somebody at risk if they’re there smoking marijuana,” Staver warned.
Of course, driving or operating heavy machinery under the influence are already crimes in every state and legalizing recreational use of marijuana will not change those laws in any way. But if Staver is so concerned about remaining “safe in his person” in all public situations, we have to wonder how long it will be before he is launches a crusade to also outlaw the recreational use of alcohol and reinstate Prohibition?