Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Reality always wins

The city of Hailey, in a press release, stated that the three "pro-marijuana initiatives" passed by the voters "present the city with a plethora of problems." The main problem seems to be the initiatives, if enacted, would conflict with federal and state law. I would like to point out that when reality runs counter to the law, reality always wins in the long run. During prohibition millions of gallons of booze were confiscated, thousands of people were prosecuted and jailed enforcing the misguided law, and what happened is people kept drinking. The demand was there and somehow always met. Finally, the law was changed by constitutional amendment in 1934, and, voila, we became a nation with alcohol available legally again.

I was born in the year alcohol was re-legalized and enjoy the use thereof. I don't use pot only because it isn't my thing. However, I have many friends, older and younger, who enjoy and do use pot. That is the reality, no matter what the law says. Eventually, reality will change the law. Whether the city of Hailey chooses to be a precursor of that change is up to the officials. However, I think it would be refreshing if they would take the opportunity to embrace reality in spite of conflicting laws.

Bill Mirams


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