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(All Africa)   Man tells judge he's smoked drug for 12 years and thinks it's just fine, asks for an explanation of why the judge thinks it's bad or should be illegal. Well, for starters, it makes you ask judges questions like that   (allafrica.com ) divider line 7
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2013-01-07 10:33:51 AM  
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I thought bhang was an Indian beverage containing weed, not sure how you would smoke it. I guess it's different in Kenya
2013-01-07 11:17:50 PM  
1 vote:
Seems like a pretty good question to me subby and the judge had no answer other than he was following the law. There really is no legitimate reason for weed to still be illegal any where, but I guess it's bad to ask basic questions like "why is the least dangerous drug on the planet illegal and why should I go to jail for it?".
2013-01-07 02:42:37 PM  
1 vote:
If it is okay for a judge to convict someone on a charge that he knows is immoral, how am I do distinguish our jurisprudence from, say, Maoist show trials?
2013-01-07 02:26:36 PM  
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Sure you didn't hurt anyone or cause anyone harm in any way, but you see we have these words on pieces of paper and they say that the people who wrote those words don't want you to smoke your bhang, so I'm afraid we're going to have to ruin your life. Sorry.
2013-01-07 12:23:50 PM  
1 vote:
Why am I the first to say asking a judge to explain why marijuana is illegal is perfectly okay?

In the USA marijuana, cocaine and heroin were illegalized so they could be excuses for locking "non-whites" up and putting them to work on the chain gang or the prison farm or whatever. All you've got to do is let "bad" neighborhoods get full of people with very little hope, sell them some "sweet dreams," and then lock 'em up whenever you feel like it. (You know, kin'a like slav'ry except the po' Massa's wifey don't need to dose out herbal potions or midwife her hubby's yella bastards.) That's how you "solve the race problem": set 'em up, biatches.

But then middle class white people from "nice" homes started doing drugs too. That's when it became a Big Issue. "We must prevent OUR children from being polluted!"

Similarly, in the '50s & early '60s America was okay with poverty until Democratic politicians went on safaris through Appalachia staging photo ops with shoeless cracker kids. "Minorities" are supposed to be downtrodden, not people of the same ethnicity as our sacred Founding Fathers!

As to why it's illegal in Africa, that's probably a leftover law from the European colonizers. Once a law's been around for a while it becomes How Things Are Done: take for example Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS) number 436.600, the gist of which is "One may not dye a duckling blue and offer it for sale unless more than six are for sale at once." (Found on dumblaws.com.)

Keep in mind that laws are means for the powerful to control the rest of us. (A corollary is that "It's cute when WE do it!") There are other ways to get people to do the right thing when that's called for but they're not as much fun for sadistic hypocrites.
2013-01-07 10:34:15 AM  
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It's a pretty valid question, since bhang is consumed religiously in India (as a milk drink, not sure why a smokable form is called that, but it must be an African thing) and used in various preparations the world over with few problems.
2013-01-07 10:30:06 AM  
1 vote:
Isn't snorting coke mixed with gunpowder good enough anymore?
 
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