When people ask what my political party affiliation is, I usually say that I'm a moderate, and that I'm not registered with any political party (which is true). However, if I was forced to pick one political party, I would describe myself as being more Libertarian than anything. I don't agree with all of the party platform, but I agree with the description at LP.org, which states:
Libertarians believe in, and pursue, personal freedom while maintaining personal responsibility. The Libertarian Party itself serves a much larger pro-liberty community with the specific mission of electing Libertarians to public office.
Libertarians strongly oppose any government interfering in their personal, family and business decisions. Essentially, we believe all Americans should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit as long as they do no harm to another.
I am very much a supporter of personal freedom and liberty, and feel that it needs to be balanced with personal responsibility. I especially feel that way when it comes to marijuana policy. I don't believe the government should be able to interfere in someone's life simply because they consume marijuana in private settings. After all, I'm doing no harm to anyone else when I consume marijuana in a private setting. Until I read a recent article on Pew Research's website, I thought that most, if not all Libertarians, agreed. But based upon the article, 35% of Libertarians don't support marijuana legalization.
I would love to hear why a Libertarian doesn't support marijuana legalization. If you are a Libertarian that doesn't support marijuana legalization, please e-mail me with an explanation, or post it in the comments. I don't think that everyone should be able to do anything anywhere, but I think that marijuana consumption in a private setting is a prime example of what a Libertarian should support. I look forward to reading your comments.