So John Ashcroft has decided to start cracking down (pardon the pun) on drug paraphenalia. Raids took place all over the country yesterday.
I’m just curious about something. Until a pipe is actually used for an illegal purpose, what is illegal about it? Sure, if it is covered in residue from smoking pot or crack or whatever. Then there is proof of illegal activity occurring. But it is perfectly fine to go into a tobacco store and purchase a “tobacco” pipe, which could just as easily be used for smoking marijuana.
Also, what about “cigarette” rolling papers. They are sold in every 7-11 in the land. Shouldn’t these stores be raided as well? And believe it or not, you can make a pipe out of just about anything, even an apple. how do we combat that? Where is the logic and consistency here? And is this really the most important thing on the agenda right now? Have we won that war on terrorism so now we can go back to the drug war?
I understand that if something is illegal, then the law needs to be enforced. But as someone pointed out in another thread, a baseball bat isn’t illegal until you hit someone with it. I just don’t see how this is going to make any difference, given how easy it is to find alternatives to what is sold in head shops. And I don’t understand how something, until it is used illegally, can just be assumed to be used for illegal purposes. There are legal uses for this stuff. For example, there are Hookah lounges popping up in Southern California where you can go in, rent a water pipe, purchase a number of flavored tobaccos, and smoke them while reading, playing cards, or conversing with friends. It’s all perfectly legal. But these are the same hookahs that are causing paraphenalia stores to be raided.
I just don’t get it. Maybe you can enlighten me.