Posts tagged Drug War
Posts tagged Drug War
Today is the 79th anniversary of the repeal of alcohol Prohibition. On this day I give you, not only the beautiful image above, but also this list, via the Economic Freedom blog, of items that the government still prohibits. I would probably add Buckyballs to the list.
"Has nobody noticed that the authorities can’t even keep drugs out of the prisons? How can making our entire society a prison solve the problem?" - Ron Paul, during his farewell to Congress
Ambition vs. Money
A major victory is scored forjury nullificationwith the acquittal of felony marijuana charges – and it’s all thanks to a “straight-laced little old lady” juror and participant ofthe Free State Project
Doug Darrell beat the odds and walked home from his trial as a free man on Friday, a major win for the state’s new jury nullification law. Facing felony drug cultivation charges for growing marijuana plants behind his house, the 59-year-old Rastafarian saw all of the charges against him dropped after jurors in his trial successfully convinced their peers to nullify the case on the grounds that Darrell was simply trying to obey the customs of his religion.
“Many of us wondered what kind of precedent this would set,” said juror and FSP participant Cathleen Converse in an exclusive interview with Free Talk Live. “But after chewing on all of the possibilities and re-reading the definition of nullification, we all decided that the only fair thing to do was to vote with our consciences and acquit the defendant of all charges.”
Over the past few months, the police force in Prince George’s County, Maryland has been dealing with a strange rash of robberies. Thieves have been going into grocery stores and drug stores, loading their carts up with Tide laundry soap, and then rushing out the door where they have a get-away car waiting. As Anthony Randazzo explains, it turns out that the detergent is street currency for buying pot and cocaine. Briefcases full of cash are being cast aside in favor of blaze-orange containers of laundry soap. Tide, as the money gods would have it, carries nearly all the characteristics of sound money.
I’m actually a little surprised that this turned out his way:
A judge ruled this week that money seized in a Burlington police drug bust could be used to pay the defendant’s property taxes.
The man was, apparently, selling pot because he was behind on his property taxes, a choice that the judge called a “bad decision.”
But, hey, it’s a recession! It’s hard enough to pay your bills without the government breathing down your neck about property taxes. And when the government comes a knockin’ you better pay up, or they might kick you out of your house.
So this man decided to do what ever he could to pay those men, even if it meant dealing drugs.
But that didn’t work out too well. Or did it? When Burlington police searched the man’s house they seized $1,250 in cash and 117 grams of marijuana. And, of course, the judge allowed him to use the money towards his delinquent taxes.
But you would think that a government that has deemed marijuana to be an evil plant wouldn’t want to take that tainted money. Perhaps they could have donated the money to a charity while making the man pay his taxes with ‘honest’ money.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m no fan of prohibition, but it seems a little hypocritical for the government to take drug money as a payment of debt. Am I wrong here?
Well, I guess it worked out for the guy. It certainly could have been worse. The city could have confiscated the drug money and not wiped out his debt. Then he would have been on probation and still had a bill to pay the government.
A mother blames Senator Rand Paul for the death of her son who smoked a synthetic marijuana because Paul blocked a vote to ban the substance. Should we also blame the deaths of those who die of alcohol poisoning on senators who don’t vote (or propose legislation) to make alcohol illegal?
Side note: The drug didn’t kill her son. Driving while intoxicated did, which, it turns out, is already illegal. This article in the New York Daily News takes 11 paragraphs to finally get to that very relevant circumstance surrounding his death. And it never mentions that what the boy was doing (driving under the influence) is already illegal.
I don’t want to sound crass. I honestly feel bad for the lady, but obviously the law didn’t stop her son from driving under the influence.
This is nothing more than a hit piece on Sen. Paul.