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Re: “This Powerful Jury Tool Can End the Drug War Today

"We're a nation of laws," complains the prosecutors. Right, and it used to be the law (not justice) that white people could own black people. And the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, allowing slave owners or their agents to go to free states and take back runaway slaves. It was the law!

And in footnote 2 of Lysander Spooner's great essay, "Vices Are Not Crimes," he noted that in the State of Massachusetts, in 1850, a girl of 10 years could consent to have sex but that "no person... of any age, or any degree of wisdom or experience, has discretion enough to be trusted to buy and drink a glass of spirits, on his or her own judgment! What an illustration of the legislative wisdom of Massachusetts."

Are politicians and prosecutors any better today, regarding the so-called war on drugs? Absolutely not. Their war against the inalienable right of otherwise honest, peaceful adults to use recreational drugs has caused more harm, violence, family destruction, and cost to the taxpayer than had those drugs been legally available to those who wanted them upon proof of age as we do for alcohol and tobacco... and the present U.S. Supreme Court upholds these laws that violate the rights of citizens.

There is a big difference between "the law" and justice. The two quite often do not equate. And anyone demanding that we obey "the law" without question is a member of a tyrannous elite and should be ignored or removed from office if they hold office.

Finally, the present war on drugs began, nationally, with the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914. Certain religious groups lobbied Congress to make drugs illegal because they were immoral. Ergo, the so-called war on drugs, the laws prohibiting their production, sales, and use, are in fact religious laws. That is a flagrant violation of the First Amendment's "establishment" clause.

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Posted by David Mitchell on 01/29/2014 at 7:58 AM

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