If Kinky Friedman has his way, there'll be freedom in every pot; or, like, a higher law; or, you know, no more stoning of non-violent offenders; or, um, something.

Now That's What We Call a Political Party

So normally we stay away from endorsing one political candidate over another, but we love that the Kinkster came out and said marijuana should be decriminalized.

What, were you expecting a different attitude from HouStoned?

Here's what Friedman told the Chron:

"We've got to clear some of the room out of the prisons so we can put the bad guys in there, like the pedophiles and the politicians...

"I agree with (U.S. Sen.) John McCain that we've lost the drug war... Drugs are more available, they're cheaper.

"It's clear to me, if you've lost the war on drugs then you've got to go some other direction. You can't keep banging your head against the wall."

Of course, the other candidates in the gubernatorial race responded along typical Republican (stuffy), Democratic (even stuffier, so as not to seem liberal) and Libertarian (par-tay!) lines:

Mark Sanders, spokesman for independent gubernatorial candidate Carole Keeton Strayhorn, said, "She is opposed to the legalization of illegal drugs."

Robert Black, spokesman for incumbent Rick Perry, said, "The governor does not agree with Kinky and does not believe marijuana should be legalized."

Democrat Chris Bell also is not in favor of legalizing marijuana.

"Drugs are illegal for a reason," said Bell's campaign manager, Jason Stanford. "The last thing we need is to give kids the message that drugs are OK. They pose a serious problem to our communities."

Libertarian candidate James Werner, however, said he would go further than decriminalization and support the "legalization, taxation and regulation of drugs in order to reduce the tremendous amount of crime associated with drug use and distribution."

We're sure the candidates think they know what's best, but we wonder if they're familiar with a recent article from the Associated Press that says drug use is increasing among baby boomers:

The government reported...that 4.4 percent of baby boomers ages 50 to 59 indicated that they had used illicit drugs in the past month. It marks the third consecutive yearly increase recorded for that age group by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

You might remember the baby boomers, also known as The People Who Vote. — Keith Plocek

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