Friday, 10 June 2005

United: Release the drug hounds!

Russell Brown pulls apart the United Party's absurd 'arrest-them-all-let-God-sort-them-out' policy on drug use. What are they smoking?, he asks. God probably knows. As Russell notes, according to St Peter (Dunne) "teenagers caught with a joint could expect a prison sentence [or compulsory re-education] ... if United Future got its way. It would, he maintained, teach people that drugs are bad. It is more likely to teach them that the law is an ass."

Sure would. And the law is an ass, and not just here. As some of you may have heard, the US Supreme Court has decided that medial marijuana users can go to hell, and they can go there screaming in pain (summary here). Bizarrely enough, the 'interstate commerce' section of the US Constitution was used to justify this injustice, opening the door to allowing the federal government to regulate any activity of any individual if, "when aggregated together with all similarly situated people, that person’s activity will have a 'substantial effect' on interstate commerce." Isnt it great how the law can be used to justify anything.

The law is an ass.


Blogger Berend de Boer said...

Believing its allright if kids sit (half) stoned in class, is of course the only rational response.

11 Jun 2005, 20:03:00  

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