Dope

A 20-year old kid took a hit from a bong. Shocked. I’m shocked.

Let’s just hope that this descent in into the netherworld of drugs and vice doesn’t take a crippling toll on this man’s young, vulnerable body.

From Andrew Stuttaford at The Corner,

Look, I don’t blame Michael Phelps for apologizing. He has a living to earn, so he did what he had to do.

In the meantime, I merely note that this broken wreck of a man’s failure to win any more than a pathetic fourteen Olympic gold medals (so far) is a terrifying warning of the horrific damage that cannabis can do to someone’s health—and a powerful reminder of just how sensible the drug laws really are.

The past three Presidents all smoked some dope when they were young. Even the dweeby kid who “didn’t inhale” admitted to passing the bong and “pretending” to toke up.

Let’s be clear: abusing drugs is stupid.

But it’s even dumber to criminalize casual drug use. We’re wasting billions of dollars and destroying millions of lives. The only real dope in the Phelps story is the idiot sheriff that wants to try and prosecute.

Would Barack Obama have been better served if he had been prosecuted for his drug use?

Mr. President, end this absurd and pointless war on our nation’s youth.

The dope’s the one in white:

Leon Lott

From Reason:

The Richland County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Department (that’s them above) just obtained an armored personnel carrier, complete with a belt-fed, .50-cal turreted machine gun.  Sheriff Leon Lott has charmingly named the vehicle “The Peacemaker,” and insists that using a caliber of ammunition that even the U.S. military is reluctant to use against human targets (it’s generally reserved for use against armored vehicles) will “save lives.”

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