Berkeley, California, has, I think, revealed where the current wave of pot legalization is headed. I have to say, I’m impressed with the diabolical snare they have invented in order to maintain a caste system and ensure that the poor and homeless remain content with their lot in life. The last thing we want, as I write during this July 4th weekend, are poor people getting ambitious!
According to the San Francisco CBS affiliate:
The city of Berkeley will require medical marijuana dispensaries to give away two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year free to low-income patients.
The City Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to amend the city’s medical pot rules, which would also allow for a fourth dispensary in Berkeley.
“Basically, the city council wants to make sure that low-income, homeless, indigent folks have access to their medical marijuana, their medicine,” said Berkeley City Councilmember Darryl Moore.
Under the proposal, at least two percent of all medical weed dispensed at a club would have to be provided at no cost to very low-income members — and it must be the same quality that’s dispensed to regular paying customers.
“We think this is the responsible thing to do for those less fortunate in our community,” said Moore.
Right. Because nothing helps the less fortunate as much as anesthesia against reality.
Of course, if this marijuana is limited to truly sick, then maybe I’m over-reacting. But I doubt that is the case. If you know better, please let me know.
As I’ve argued before, there is nothing “libertarian” about the drug legalization that is spreading from state to state. I know this because I keep hearing how “safe” marijuana-use is. Yes, it isn’t as bad, typically, as portrayed in drug-war propaganda. But it is nothing anyone should recommend (outside of genuine pain needs).
The bottom line is, if you believe people should have the right to say or print or publish innocuous things, that doesn’t mean you believe in free speech. And if you don’t believe people should be completely free (at least with other legal adults) to use drugs that you think are completely dangerous and that no one should ever take, then you are not a libertarian on the issue of drugs. I’ve talked to some younger people who favor marijuana decriminalization and they react in horror when I suggest that the government should end heroin prohibition or allow homeowners to run meth labs in their basements.
So the issue isn’t freedom. The issue is whether or not marijuana is socially useful. This story from Berkeley suggests to me that it is being found useful as a kind of “Soma” that keeps people happy in their proper place.
I have to admit it is a brilliant strategy. I’m very sorry that it will be so successful. How long before the Federal welfare state buys in. (In truth, it has already begun.)