The international financier who poured millions of dollars into unsuccessfully blocking George W. Bush’s re-election in 2004, and who delayed the creation of the Euro economic zone in 1992 by exposing the British Pound Sterling for the racket it was, has now reportedly found a million dollars between his sofa cushions to support the Proposition 19 campaign to officially legalize marijuana via the November 2nd ballot.
George Soros apparently put the blood of virgins to fine embossed paper made of yak’s eyelids and exposed himself to The Wall Street Journal this week. To sum up his argument, “California’s a-broken. Time to get tokin’!”
The piece is a treasure trove of “high” comedy. He argues that making marijuana illegal didn’t prevent it from becoming the most popular illegal drug in America. That’s kind of like saying that making murder illegal didn’t prevent Ted Bundy from becoming the most popular serial killer in America. Just because something is popular in the realm of unlawful behaviour doesn’t mean that it has run rampant, or that anyone other than those currently using it would want to be exposed to it.
The new law would legalize pot smoking in designated areas and at home and would grant the freedom to grow a limited supply for one’s own use. Anyone who truly believes that that is where the legalization will end in practice has obviously never taken public transit or walked down a sidewalk. Every day, as a non-smoker, I’m subjected to smokers of both legal and illegal substances lighting up in various banned locations. Why not just urinate on people in public, while you’re at it?
Soros points to all the law enforcement resources that he claims are wasted on pursuing possessions of “small amounts” of pot. Personally, as someone who values my own freedom to inhale clean air without having that freedom impinged upon by pot or cigarette smokers, I consider these resources well spent. If the current penalties associated with being caught smoking pot aren’t enough to fuel the system, then it’s time for an increase until the system becomes profitable.
Whenever I used to go to the movie theatre in Times Square, I would have to contend with various people ruining the experience because they toked up in the theatre. It would have been nice to have seen them hauled out for committing what is essentially assault against innocent bystanders who may not be able to escape the drug quickly enough to avoid being subjected to an unforeseen, adverse reaction ranging from headaches to serious illnesses.