The Folly of Locking Up Non-Violent Offenders

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 14 Feb 2010 14:24:33 GMT  <== Drugs ==> 

Ed Brayton at Dispatches from the Culture Wars - commentary on Missouri Chief Justice William Ray Price, Jr.'s annual State of the Judiciary address.

I commented:

As I've been harping for 10 years now, drug criminalization and regulation is a crime. People have the absolute right to ingest anything they want. Nobody has the authority to say anything whatsoever about it. Nor to tax it. No matter how many people are convinced to vote for regulation. If modifying your consciousness with chemicals causes you to commit an actual crime, harming another person or their property, you are responsible, but as long as you don't, it ain't nobody's business how high you choose to get, or how.

As Vin Suprynowicz so aptly put it, "This does not mean that 'Marijuana should be available by prescription.' It means that morphine sulfate should be available in five pound bags at the supermarket for a couple of bucks, like sugar... but probably in a different aisle, to avoid confusion."

And cannabis should be available in bulk at the health food store, again for a couple of bucks an ounce, or less. And my 13-year-old daughter should be able to buy as much of it as she wants.

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