Legalized? Decriminalized? Why?
Most things wrongly made illegal should instead be ignored, which is difficult for those infected with the lust to control. They are not proper areas of governance under any circumstances.
Even under the most well-meaning situations, “there ought to be a law” is misguided. No new law is necessary; the laws that were unethically imposed just need to be repealed, be ignored, or be defied.
To bother to legalize or to decriminalize anything that isn’t aggression or theft would seem to imply some government authority in that area of life — where none exists.
For example, in Colorado under the new legalized marijuana laws (which the federal government refuses to honor, violating both the ninth and 10th amendments), banks have been caught up in the confusion.
Even those that want to do business with the perfectly legal marijuana shops are refusing, mainly out of fear of federal retribution for refusing to walk the prohibition line. The state and federal rules are at odds, and even with meticulous federal guidelines that banks are promised they can follow without fear, the risk of entrapment is too great for most to dare.
Which illustrates just one reason banks should also be freed from federal meddling.
I disagree with those who say “legalize and tax it.” Taxation feeds the state. Don’t feed the beast; starve it.
It would be much better to admit the Constitution doesn’t give any authority for prohibition — as a previous generation of prohibitionists once admitted, since they knew they had to pass an amendment to make their anti-alcohol crusade legal, if not right.
A similar situation of too much “law” exists in those states where laws are passed to make it less legally risky to do what humans have always had an inalienable right to do, and an explicit Constitutional protection of that right, which allows zero exceptions: to own and to carry any kind of weapon they wish, wherever they go, openly or concealed as they see fit, regardless of age or legal status, without asking permission of anyone, ever.
It is simply the government employee’s duty to comply with the Constitution and not violate the right in any way. Period.
Yet, look at the parasitic compliance and enforcement bureaucracy that has grown around that simple human right.
There are taxes, license fees, transfer fees, background check fees, etc. All feeding the bureaucracy established for no other reason than to break the law that binds them — and violate your rights.
Those who seek to rule your life would do well to butt out and mind their own business, which means not giving everything a legal status.
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