Victory Against a Bad Law

January 27, 2009 at 2:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Christian Firoz is not guilty of selling salvia. Congratulations, Christian!

I don’t personally give a hoot about salvia. I do, however, care very deeply about bad laws and other abuses of government. The law that Tom Casady’s crew tried to use to justify arresting Mr. Firoz is frighteningly vague, so much so that the coffee in your hand right now is almost certainly illegal in Nebraska. Rather than tell the Unicameral to stick their bad legislation in their ear, LPD instead chose the route of selective enforcement. How unfortunate.

The jurors on the case noted that the government offered exactly zero evidence that salvia is any sort of a threat to public safety. My research suggests the plant is a relatively harmless short-term hallucinogen that only works for some people. We’re not talking days-long trips here; we’re talking a few minutes of oddness. Sen. Russ Karpisek doesn’t want to take any chances, so he hopes to ban the latest devil weed (LB123). Sen. Karpisek is from Wilber—the very same Wilber that every year hosts a giant festival that invites revelers to partake of a mug or six of beer, the consumption of which is associated with all sorts of threats to public safety and personal well-being. I’m just sayin’.

Anyway, I doubt salvia will be available much longer in Nebraska (if it is even available now). If LB123 does happen to pass, be sure to buy Sen. Karpisek a beer if you see him at Czechfest later this year.

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Mr. T January 27, 2009 at 3:00pm

Good point. A bit of a side point about alcohol: Is it any surprise that the alcohol (and tobacco) companies play such strong roles in keeping marijuana and other “light” recreational drugs illegal? They’d like to keep a monopoly on their legal drug.

Rip January 27, 2009 at 6:02pm

Ah, I love Lincolns ignorance.

Mr. Wilson January 27, 2009 at 6:04pm

Do enlighten us!

Eric S January 29, 2009 at 7:50pm

Ignorance is only due to lack of instruction (or stupidity whichever is the case)

So yes…please share

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