I am not one to promote the taking of illegal drugs. But I am against laws which put the wrong people in jail.
About 10-15 years ago, law enforcement officials and lawmakers tried to make computer operators liable for every message that passed through their systems. This meant that if you ran a mailing list, and someone on the mailing list posted an anti-government message, both that person and you were liable for its content. Kinda screwy, huh? These laws have been mostly struck down, though there are still some battles being fought. (Sorry, no links right now.)
Looks like the U.S. Senate is at it again. They’re saying that concert promoters should be held liable for up to 20 years in prison if people at their events take Ecstacy and other illegal drugs.
I know the lawmakers are trying to do “the right thing” here, based on the current problems. But the concert promoters can’t stop people from smuggling in a few tabs in their pockets. They can’t prevent a person’s drink being laced with Rohypnol and being date raped. They certainly should provide adequate security in the dance hall in case a problem breaks out, but how is it their responsibility that someone went down to Alphabet City and picked up a few tabs?
I agree with George Carlin. Once the governments of the world start putting a few of the bankers who launder the drug money and the lawyers who defend these drug pushers’ asses in jail, the drug trade would dry up immediately. “Hell, you wouldn’t be able to get drugs at high schools and prisons anymore!” :)