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Alaskans have smart judges, but their Attorney General is a moron.

I’ve talked here about Alaskan courts and their sensible approch to possession of 4 ounces or less of marijuana in your own home (if you haven’t read that first post, take a moment to do so — the judge’s comments are amazing!). And recently the Alaskan courts held that a warrant required reasonable belief that there was more than 4 ounces of marijuana present.
Last week, the Alaskan Supreme Court denied a petition by the state attorney general’s office seeking reconsideration.
Good.
However, the Attorney General continues to be an idiot:

“We’re not giving up,” [Attorney General Gregg] Renkes said.

He’ll be taking his case to the legislature where he’ll try to prove marijuana is a harmful enough drug to warrant amending the constitution.

“The state has been denied an opportunity to present a record of the harmfulness of marijuana,” Renkes said.

Oh, I’d like to see that presentation of evidence. What’s he going to do, show them a copy of “Reefer Madness?”

“I’m really appalled that it appears some people are still fighting the culture war of the 1970s,” he said.

Actually, I think it’s Renkes who’s fighting the culture war of the 70s, seeing hippies behind every joint.

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