Gay marriage and marijuana legalization have a lot of political similarities. They both have the support of roughly 50% of Canadians, they’re both seeing wins at the provincial level but not the federal level (yet), and the strongest support for both issues comes from oung liberals.
But the movements themselves are very different in nature. LGBTQ campaigns are
moving. They’re centered on real people facing heart-breaking discrimination. Marijuana legalization campaigns are practical. They’re about tax revenue and zoning marijuana dealers out of residential neighbourhoods. In short, they’re about making marijuana users pay taxes and making them less of a social burden.
There’s a need in the legalization movement to connect with the public on a personal level, something the LGBTQ movement has done an inspirational job at.