Wow, election week. Maybe your candidate(s) won, maybe not. To be perfectly honest I’m not really sure that we know whether we’ve won or not until they actually take office and start doing things. Along with the candidates, you probably also had the opportunity to vote for other things, like whether your state constitution should include an amendment saying that a marriage should be between a man and a woman or whether IDs should be required for voters to vote (those were the two on the Minnesota ballots).
For us horticulture types there was one vote that really made us happy. In Colorado and Washington they voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. OK, I should come clean – I’ve never smoked marijuana. Been around it, sure, but I have never actually partaken. At this point in my life I don’t think I’d bother with it regardless of whether it was legal or not. So why am I, and other horticulturists, so excited about it? If things work out this is a new crop to work on, and new crops are fun. Breeding, growing techniques, maximizing productivity, etc. Shoot, maybe there will even be new grants for this stuff to fund the work. And imagine the fun that we extension types will have writing about it! I can’t wait.