Friday, May 12, 2006

Coup against cannabis in Alaska

From the excellent Drug War Chronicle, somehow I missed this last week. Alaska recriminalized marijuana on the grounds that it's now more harmful than it was for the last 5,000 years. This prohib argument that the strength of cannabis has increased so greatly that it makes it more dangerous has always bugged me. Even if it were true, which it is not, it would logically make cannabis less dangerous a remedy since it requires less ingestion to get the same effect. Contrary to the prohibs favorite fantasy, most cannabis consumers use only enough to get to a certain level of pain relief or relaxation. They are not smoking foot long stogies from dawn to dusk.

This seems to me to another case of the nanny governists who were elected in the 04 sweep to pass their pet morality legislation before the 06 turnover. I'm glad to see the ACLU is going to challenge the constitutionality immediately instead of waiting for a court case under the new law. With any luck, it will be never be implemented. Meanwhile, I know the voters of Alaska will remember this since public polling was strongly against the measure and hope they will express their outrage at the ballot box.


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