The San Antonio Express-News editorial board asks, “Do the state’s laws on marijuana need further reform?”
I hope that was a rhetorical question. Why?
Well, for one, so we don’t see any more stories like this:
No murder charge for man who shot Texas deputy
To make a long story short, the Burleson County sheriff’s office launched a no-knock raid on a Somerville man’s home on Dec. 19 looking for guns and marijuana plants. The man thought he was being burglarized and opened fire, and a Burleson County sheriff’s deputy was killed — and, as the headline says, the grand jury refused to indict him.
Was justice done? Yes, it was. But that doesn’t change the fact that Sgt. Adam Sowders died because of this insane Reefer Madness mentality we’ve been relying on for far too long to justify our drug laws. It deserves to be asked, once again, who Henry Magee was harming with his possession of the weed — or, for that matter, the guns. After all, his possession of the marijuana made him — wait for it! — a prohibited person. Why? Why do marijuana users deserve to have their right of self-defense stripped from them?
Because fuck you, that’s why. That seems to be what it boils down to, anyway.