Saturday, August 2, 2008

Strange bedfellows

Barney Frank and I won't exactly agree on most issues, but I have to give him credit where it's due.

The U.S. should stop arresting responsible marijuana users, Rep. Barney Frank said Wednesday, announcing a proposal to end federal penalties for Americans carrying fewer than 100 grams, almost a quarter-pound, of the substance.

Current laws targeting marijuana users place undue burdens on law enforcement resources, punish ill Americans whose doctors have prescribed the substance and unfairly affect African-Americans, said Frank, flanked by legislators and representatives from advocacy groups.

"The vast amount of human activity ought to be none of the government's business," Frank said on Capitol Hill. "I don't think it is the government's business to tell you how to spend your leisure time."

Now if he would just realise how this position is inconsistent with so many of his other positions... and stick with this one.

Unfortunately, this has about as much chance of passing as Bob Barr winning the Presidency, but we can still appreciate taking the shot.

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