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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Legislating in the face of appetite

I am watching, as I write, a History Channel special, "The Stoned Ages." Hank, the DEA agent from "Breaking Bad," is the Talent leading us through a surprisingly entertaining (read that "funny") look at the archaeological, visual and textual documentation of man's use of mood-altering stuff.

If you care about the most pernicious social policy inflicted upon us since slavery, then you probably already are aware of Ken Burns' PBS series, "Prohibition," which fairly drips with sarcasm. I don't know of any subject which provides its own cynicism-fodder as well as the arrogance of the premise that government can prohibit something folks want.

I'm not opposed to an international effort to keep fissionable material out of the hands of someone who might nuke Hermosa. I am opposed to ANY effort on the part of government to keep cannabis out of the hands of anyone. That change in policy would do more to reduce cannabis' availability and usage than any Prohibition program since cannabis became illegal to produce without a federal license in 1937. Making cannabis use purely a family issue would free some clever cops up to spot the Hermosa nukers.

I am told you can watch "Prohibition" on demand at "The Stoned Ages" will probably appear several times in the next few weeks on the History Channel.

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