The vastly unequal burden of proof

Via Thoreau, Jim Henley reminds us of how that burden operates…

The war on drugs will surely work at some point – we’ve only been at it for 90-odd years, trillions of dollars and countless deaths and humiliations. But should anyone anywhere decriminalize anything, a single death or inconvenience in the first week would condemn the entire effort.

And we certainly don’t dare pass Prop 19 — there are… uncertainties and imperfections.

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6 Responses to The vastly unequal burden of proof

  1. ezrydn says:

    This is assured to occur. We have to remember that winning Prop 19 only sets the stage for the “social experiment” to begin. It’s not the “end game.” There are 49 other players waiting to get on the field. Prop 19 is “first down yardage,” not the final score.

    And we need to pay attention to policing our own until said experiment either succeeds or fails. We think we know the outcome but we haven’t introduced human nature into the equasion yet.

    And it’ll be like the buzzard cartoon, with them all lined up on the fence, watching us. One fall and they’ll all pounce.

  2. Ben Mann says:

    The subtlety of this is lost on Joe Everyman, who only knows that drugs = VERY BAD.

  3. claygooding says:

    It makes it a double edge sword when your protectors of the masses who are being paid to oppose the reform will be eager to point out every problem they encounter after Nov 2
    on the passage of 19,even if marijuana has nothing to do with their problem.

  4. Passing Prop 19 won’t bring an end to the world. It will, however, give every anti-marijuana zealot a resson to scream bloody murder at every instance of marijuana abuse or bad behavior. After the “I told you so’s” die down everyone will wonder why marijuana was ever made illegal to begin with.

  5. kitkat says:

    And did you ever say it, Pete,…. Dog forbid, “uncertainties and imperfections…” sort of like the First version of the Constition of the United States of America…. gee, what if it don’t work???? YA FIX IT, DICK-WAD!

    Luv, Kit-Kat

  6. Duncan20903 says:

    Prop 19 would repeal the $100 fine that is the only thing saving us from the end of civilization as we know it.

    That’s one of the sickest things about the perversion of reality by the know nothings. For all the hysterical rhetoric they regurgitate predicting California on the road to Hell and that they’ll suffer all manner of social harm as well as having the Feds take all their of the state’s money and refuse to give it back. All these calamities will occur without the presence of $100 fine for an infraction. They really are a few clowns short of a circus.

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