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February 02, 2008

Centralized Law Enforcement versus Sin (Logical, Historical)

Among many issues still being overlooked by those defending their personal judgments about what represents “valid” medical use of marijuana is the difference between our centrally enforced (federal, fascist, and futile) ban on drugs, and the far more pragmatic approach taken by most local governments toward sins of a sexual nature.

Our species’ ability to circumvent laws prohibiting commercial sex is on display in all major cities for those with an interest; it has also ceased being a policy issue in the US (if it ever was). Visitors hankering for sex can almost always find a willing guide to local customs by hailing a cab at the train station or airport. Basically, local police establish zones where various levels of quality (and price) will be tolerated and use their powers of arrest accordingly. Every so often, usually in response commercial interests, there’s a scandal and a few heads roll while the trade is forced to adapt to new rules, but it inevitably continues without interruption.

What a few of the more pragmatic “reformer” are urging their more doctrinaire drug policy brethren to consider is the notion that regulation of drug sin may be heading in the same direction. Such is the politically correct nature of human self-righteousness that various harbingers of future tolerance for illegal drug markets is still being shouted down by the faithful.

How long the transition will take is still anyone’s guess, but its direction in California now seems certain.

Doctor Tom

Posted by tjeffo at February 2, 2008 07:00 PM