Drug War Funnies

Joseph Frederick, an Alaska high school student, was suspended for unfurling a banner which read “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” across the street from his school. According to Reuters, the principal took Frederick’s banner and suspended him for 10 days for opposing the school’s position on the drug war. Fortunately, the judge remembered the First Amendment:

The appeals court said the banner was protected speech because it did not disrupt school activity and was displayed off school grounds during a non-curricular activity.

“Public schools are instrumentalities of government, and government is not entitled to suppress speech that undermines whatever missions it defines for itself,” Judge Andrew Kleinfeld wrote in the court’s opinion.

The court also cleared the way for Frederick to seek damages, saying Morse was aware of relevant case law and should have known her actions violated his rights.

Hopefully Frederick will sue Morse’s ass off — which might send a chill down the backs of principals across the country who likewise disregard the First Amendment.

Perhaps politicans are lightening up on the drug war, too. Muckraked reports the following:

The interim head of the Department of the Interior, Patricia “Lynn” Scarlett, once endorsed the legalization of drugs. Back in 1989, she wrote an op-ed column for USA Today titled “Give Up the Drug War: Legalize Drugs Instead.” It’s not known if Scarlett still believes in legalization.

According the the article, Scarlett once served as the president of the Reason Foundation. It might seem doubtful that Bush would keep her on in her interim position, except for the fact that Condi is now in possession of cocaine — at least according to this source:

Condoleezza Rice knew coca would top the agenda in her meeting with Bolivia’s new president, but she likely wasn’t expecting to get the real thing.

At the end of their 25-minute meeting, President Evo Morales presented the U.S. secretary of state with an Andean guitar that bore a coca-leaf inlay.

“The gift was well received. We will just have to check with our customs to see what rules apply. We certainly hope we can bring it back (to Washington),” said a senior State Department official who attended the meeting.

The way I see it, Rice is currently in possession of something outlawed in the United States. The US no longer recognizes international borders with respect to its War on Drug Users. Whether she takes the guitar into the U.S. or not, I’d like to see her treated the same way people like Marc Emery or Cory Maye have been.

12 Comments
  1. Amen! Arrest her ass along with the rest of the regime. They are all at least guilty of treason for violating their oath of office.

  2. “Bong Hits 4 Jesus”. That’s hilarious out of pure absurdity. Wouldn’t it actually be better, though, if Rice were allowed to bring the thing into the country, since that would set a precedent allowing anybody to bring coca-leaf (which has been used as a mild stimulant – nothing like cocaine – since pre-Incan times) into the country?

  3. I don’t think it’s that absurd actually. The J-Man probably dug hashish back in the day.

    And what about freedom of speech? Does that not exist in high school?

  4. No, comandante, I’m a high school student, and it doesn’t. That’s been held up by numerous court cases. However, the issue here was that Messianic Marijuana Man was across the street from the school.

  5. If you really want to cry, check out the Dept. of Immigration & Customs Enforcement home page to see how the war on, um, “terror” is going. (Apparently “terror” comes in the form of yummy powders and tasty, tasty, tasty marijuana. And shitty marijuana.)

    But hey, at least they stopped a..um..”terrorist” at the Canadian border once. Riiiight.

    Bush just called..said something about selling me a bridge in Brooklyn..

  6. Re: Evo’s guitar gift/condoleeza: As satisfying as treating Rice like Marc Emery would be, that’s just a silly comment, sorry.

    And the high school kid with the banner has been well-covered elsewhere.

    But the story and your observation about Scarlett is interesting. Unlike Clinton’s sometimes liberal/libertarian health czars (Jocelyn Elders), what does running the Department of the Interior have with the “war on drugs”, except tangentially (e.g., marijuana grows in the National Forests)?

    Are you saying things have unraveled so much in the Republican ranks that old-style, libertarian, small-government folks who worked for conservative/libertarian think tanks like Cato and Reason cannot hold jobs in the Bush admin if their opinions conflict with social conservative howlers? Tell Grover Norquist about that, who has finally come around to view the War on Drugs within the familar “bad government” lens of waste, fraud, corruption and the hated “big”, “intruisive” government.

  7. Why the double standard for Rice compared to Souter? Are drug rights that much closer to your heart than protecting your home? What’s in that cigar anyway?