I understand not everyone is going to be in favor of legalization, decriminalization, or use of medicinal marijuana. I didn't start this proposal thinking I was going to change anyone's mind. What I am concerned about, however, is the negative action taken against the proposal based on personal belief that seems detrimental to the ideas established by the SE community.
What I'm specifically referring to more so than the emails I've received or even the Vote to Close, is the barrage of downvotes against the example questions. It seems to be only one user (I don't have the rep to get counts) but they hit every single question as a downvote. The idea of downvoting or upvoting the questions, from what I understand, is to determine the target direction of the proposal. DVing every question tells me that there was some sort of personal aversion to the topic as a whole.
What I appreciated is that the upvotes this did get were not on every question. Which tells me that that person wasn't the first stoner who signed on thinking "I LOVE weed, so I'm going to UV everything." In fact, that person used discretion to decide what was most on topic and used the system for what it was made for.
If you don't agree with the proposal, move on. Don't follow it. If it doesn't belong with StackExchange, then it won't get the followers and committers it needs to make it. But if it does, then there's a large enough group of people who feel it would be beneficial. I can't be mad for downvotes, because this network is what you make of it. I'm just asking for a chance to propose a legitimate topic that I feel deserves as much attention as any other cultural matter, without being shot down by people's personal opposition to the topic.
I didn't propose it so we can vote whether or not to pass a bill, I proposed it so we can all be grown ups and talk about a matter that's already widely discussed in the Real World.
Note to SE personnel: I didn't find anything in the site policies saying that such a topic was in violation of any set precedence. If I missed something, please let me know.