Random ramblings of a mind damaged by years of disuse and abuse. Also a place to go to be bored to tears.
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Words to live by...
"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."
(The right to looseness has been officially given)
"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."
Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Buzzkill or Blessing?
The New Yorker ran an article
about Washington's (the state) problems and issues with the
legalization of marijuana a few days ago. The object of a ballot
initiative "I-502" passed in November of 2012. It's an interesting read,
I think. An excerpt:
The law, which was sixty-four pages long
and contained hundreds of specific provisions, assigned the
liquor-control board the role of regulating the pot market. Yet many
difficult questions remained: Who would be allowed to grow legal
marijuana? Who would be allowed to sell it? How much would an ounce of
legal pot cost? The legislation gave Washington officials only a year to
come up with answers. Randy Simmons, the state’s project manager for
I-502, says, “From the week after the initiative passed, it’s been about
a hundred and fifty miles an hour.”
We do not often consider
the details of things in advance, do we? Nor do we often consider the
unintended consequences. The year that the law provided to set up the
legal apparatus to handle the new business is just about up. Many people
think that Colorado and Washington are just the first two and that the
rest will follow pretty quickly. I tend to agree.
Just as the
Prohibition Era advanced organized crime, fueling and funding it beyond
imagination, the legalization of marijuana for recreational use will
send ripples of turmoil throughout the country that are impossible to
predict... The prohibition of marijuana was not, as some people seem to
think, age-old. It started in the 1910's, around the time alcohol
Prohibition started to gain traction. Before that, it was legal. Not
widespread, mind you, but not prohibited by law so much and not at all
by the federal government. You could say it was part of the Temperance
Movement. Which some say just wanted to ban pleasure. Here's a good rundown of the timeline: History of Marijuana.