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Just in Case You Forgot, Marijuana is Still Illegal!

Such is the entire subject of an article in the Salem News, which quotes Superintendent William Cameron reminding everyone in Massachusetts that ‘bring[ing] any controlled substance to school or a school-sponsored event… is an occasion for a student to be expelled.’ He continues, ‘Don’t mistake a civil penalty on the street as something of little consequence in school.’

One need not only imagine the level of fear regarding this issue – this article is only one of hundreds I have read in the last month which quote officials of all levels reminding students that yes, marijuana is still illegal, even venturing so far as to write new legislation to ‘make sure it stays illegal’.

I understand where that last initiative is coming from. It’s the same sentiment that drove voters in Florida this November to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage despite the fact that several laws banning gay marriage in the state already existed (for example, Florida Statute 741.212, which stipulates that ‘For purposes of interpreting any state statute or rule, the term “marriage” means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the term “spouse” applies only to a member of such a union.’).

Except it’s not the same. In Florida, the measure was a desperate attempt by opponents of gay marriage to preserve what they already have. Here, it is an even more desperate attempt to keep what is being taken away – not by any proponent of drug policy reform, but by the evolution of society.

January 27, 2009 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment


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