Thursday, January 9, 2014
Weed in; Collecting Out?
Things like collecting ancient coins and arrowheads used to be viewed as harmless and indeed educational pursuits. CPO seems to recall kids could even be awarded a badge by the Boy Scouts for putting together collections of such artifacts. Now though, collecting equates with looting and criminal activity, at least in some parts of academia, the press, the State Department and U.S. Law Enforcement. Meanwhile, all of the sudden smoking dope seems not only to be legal, but all the rage, not only in places like Colorado, but even in the seat of our national government. And with the Obama Administration signalling it will not enforce our nation's drug laws relating to the sale and distribution of marijuana, perhaps all of those underemployed law enforcement types will be redirected to a further clamp down on collecting any artifacts claimed to be the property of foreign governments under their own laws (even where they make little, if any, effort to enforce those laws at home). The Boy Scouts should be horrified. But come to think of it, they are "out" too, aren't they?