Funny thing that in a recent post about inane laws I would say that I “wish we could do something about the easy availability of foolish laws” only to see one of the silliest laws I have yet to see proposed:

Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance, meaning it would be illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes without a doctor’s prescription.

Under the proposal, offenders would face maximum punishments of one year in prison, a $6,250 fine or both.

Other drugs and substances that are considered Schedule III controlled substances are ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids.

You would think the bastards didn’t learn diddly squat from Prohibition. As usual,  there is no shortage of people who think that because something is unhealthy or unwise, doing it should land them in prison:

“I hope it passes and I hope people actually think about it,” said Rick Cannon of Salem. “You know there’s less and less smokers everyday because they know how bad it is for them, so I just hope people wake up and realize how bad it actually is for them.”

Sure, smoking is bad for people. A lot of things are bad for people. But what possesses these nitwits to imagine that jailing people for doing bad things to themselves is a great idea?


I wish I could say I’m surprised and shocked, but I’m not.