February 26th, 2003


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jimbojones
03:49 pm - Please pay us 30% of everything you earn. Jackbooted thugs are expensive.
In Forestville, Sonoma County, agents arrested John Matthew Patrick, 38, who owns California Colorchangers, Inc. Its Web site, www.colorchangingglass.com, features an array of pipes and bongs. Its cover page states, "I agree to use the products offered herein for legal purposes only."

On Monday, authorities refused to go into detail about their investigations except to say they involved undercover work. They said businesses could no longer protect themselves by posting signs or Internet warnings indicating their products were for tobacco use only.

More than 100 other homes and businesses were raided simultaneously Monday morning, apparently on the basis that Red-Blooded Amurrican 'baccy smokers wouldn't ever use a pipe to smoke with.

So what have we lost as a result of this sudden policy shift to arrest people for the possession and distribution of anything that might be used to smoke marijuana? We've lost the usefulness of the pretense that we're planning on smoking the government-approved dried leaves, which are insanely addictive, toxic, carcinogenic, and a severe cardiac risk... instead of the non government approved dried leaves, which aren't addictive, are non-toxic, and haven't been shown to be much of a carcinogenic or cardiac risk to anybody.

We've also lost a rather large chunk of that whole "innocent until proven guilty" concept. And we just might be a little late to the party if we started protesting in outrage RIGHT THE FUCK NOW, you know?

Logically, the government's next move should be to outlaw corncob pipes, meerschaums, rolling papers, Philly Blounts, screens, socket sets, two and three liter bottles, and cigarettes themselves (since they can of course be emptied of tobacco and repacked with marijuana). Oh frabjous day, and hurrah for American civil liberties...

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/02/25/MN171982.DTL
 
Current Mood: outraged
Current Music: Public Enemy - A Letter To The New York Post

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From: cpf
Date: February 26th, 2003 - 02:08 pm
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I was going to be outraged - but then I got high!


 
[User Picture] From: herbaliser
Date: February 26th, 2003 - 03:00 pm
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I was gonna write my congressman a letter - but then I got high.


 
[User Picture] From: zeldappa
Date: February 26th, 2003 - 03:01 pm
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You saw that this (on a smaller scale) happened here, too, right?

link


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: February 26th, 2003 - 03:12 pm
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Shit, no - and that wasn't it happening here on a smaller scale, that was part of what I was talking about happening here. Same "nationwide sweep" by the DEA.

We pay roughly 25%-30% of our income, and then out of what's left, we pay 6% on top of anything that we purchase at retail... and then we pay auto taxes and land taxes and what have you. And THIS is what it fucking pays for.

This is worse than if Time-Life could just MAKE you buy the crappy-ass videos instead of calling and haranguing you about them. At least you could just throw the shitty videos away and not worry about it anymore.


 
[User Picture] From: zeldappa
Date: February 26th, 2003 - 03:22 pm
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See, if I'd read the link you provided, I might would have put two and two together and realized that it was the same deal. That'll learn me, huh?


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: February 26th, 2003 - 03:38 pm
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probably not - didn't you go to Clemson? ;-)


 
[User Picture] From: zeldappa
Date: February 26th, 2003 - 04:32 pm
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*ignores you*


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: February 26th, 2003 - 09:54 pm
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aw, don't get all huffy... I'm an uneducated bumpkin; I never went to college at all. =)


 
[User Picture] From: herbaliser
Date: February 26th, 2003 - 05:19 pm
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BURN.


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