As the citizens of increasing numbers of states begin to recognize, at long last, the sheer idiocy of marijuana prohibition, an Oregon legislator takes a stab at prohibiting tobacco … by placing even more hurdles to its usage:
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.
It is bills of this kind that urge me to despise, if not mankind, then America; if not America, then Oregon; if not Oregon, then (at the very least) the amusingly named Mr. Greenlick.