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Posted - 03/26/2006 :  18:56:12  Show Profile  Visit marfknox's Homepage  Send marfknox an AOL message Send marfknox a Private Message
My Humanist group's speaker today (who spoke out against the Drug War) reminded me of an excellent book that IMHO everyone should read: Ain't Nobody's Business if You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Our Free Country

The Overview gives the argument in persuasive and concise terms, and beyond that, the rest of this thick book is full of specific examples of why prosecution of consensual crimes (crimes committed by all consenting adults) is extremely harmful. The author himself writes:
After reading "An Overview," please feel free to skip around, reading what you find interesting, ignoring what you don't. It is my fond hope, of course, that you will eventually find your way to Part V, "What to Do?"

Best of all, you don't even have to buy it - the author also published the entire thing online for free!

About the author:The story of McWilliams is horrifically ironic. Peter McWilliams was a gay man and author who contracted HIV. He had helped to publish a book on the medical use of marijuana, and eventually began using that book's methods to treat his AIDS. Because he was a vocal critic of the police force, his house was searched unexpectedly based on a "conspiracy" charge related to the marijuana book. He was caught growing plants for his own personal use and ordered by the courts to cease. When he didn't and was caught again, he sat in a jail cell awaiting his trial and died choking on his own vomit (violent vomitting was a side effect of the drugs he was forced to take in place of the marijuana.)

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Posted - 03/27/2006 :  02:14:04   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send Gorgo a Private Message

I know the rent is in arrears
The dog has not been fed in years
It's even worse than it appears
But it's alright-
Jerry Garcia
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