The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

MICHEÁL MARTIN was on a high this week – and it wasn’t just be­cause he fi­nally took out the stick and gave Young Dev, and that other What­shis­name Se­na­tor from Kerry, six of the best and ban­ish­ment to an even greater ir­rel­e­vance than they al­ready had.

The Fianna Fáil leader has now, quite rightly, thrown his weight be­hind de­mands for the le­gal­i­sa­tion of cannabis for medic­i­nal use. And we all know that if that hap­pens, it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore cannabis be­comes le­gal for recre­ational use as well.

The Big Le­bowski is go­ing to be­come a very fa­mil­iar char­ac­ter on the street where you live. Ten Amer­i­can States have now fully le­galised the use of cannabis, in­clud­ing even Alaska which is no­to­ri­ously con­ser­va­tive, hav­ing backed a Repub­li­can for Pres­i­dent in all but one elec­tion since 1959.

For good or ill, free avail­abil­ity of cannabis is on the way.

In Colorado peo­ple are en­ti­tled to have their own mini grow­houses with up to six plants, in­clud­ing three that are ma­ture and ready for har­vest­ing. The drug is now be­ing man­u­fac­tured on an in­dus­trial scale in the US for recre­ational use. In Ne­vada you can grow your highs at home pro­vided you’re more than 25 miles from a cannabis store.

Sam El­liott and Jeff Bridges in The Big Le­bowski aim high:

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