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Check out the Reason TV video clip below about medical marijuana dispenser Charlie Lynch and his recent guilty verdict. (I had earlier blogged about this sad case here and here.)

I found the clip deeply disturbing. I hope you do too.

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Charlie Lynch was found guilty in a federal court today. He faces a minimum of five years in prison.

I blogged about the Charlie Lynch case here. Reason Hit and Run has an extensive coverage on the matter, which I highly recommend.

I don’t have much to say. It’s one of those deeply jarring events — so unjust and wrong that words are pretty nigh superfluous.

In the beginning of the last century, when my country was strugling for her independence, there were brave men and women who fought the good fight for all of us. Some of them went to prison, some died. Every war for freedom that has ever taken place has had its martyrs.

This is a war too, a war to end the most absurd war ever conceived. Charlie Lynch is not its first casualty, nor will he be the last. However, Charlie’s suffering will not be in vain, for every miscarriage of justice they commit strengthens our cause. In the end, the forces of reason and freedom will win, as they eventually must.

[Edit]: Do watch this video too.

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Another hard hitting article about the insane war on drugs by Jacob Sullum at Reason Hit and Run.

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His crime was that he owned a medical marijuana dispensary –fully legal under California law — that sold small amounts of the drug as a pain-reliever to the sick and the dying.

He faces up to 100 years in prison.

It goes without saying that one doesn’t have to be a libertarian or even believe in drug legalization to see the absurdity or the tragedy of the situation. (All you’ll need is a little common sense.)

Added later: Do watch the excellent Reason TV documentaries on Charlie (in order, this, this and this).

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Is shown most starkly by the graph below.

(Source: NYCLU)

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The Senate judiciary commitee of New Hampshire has voted against a bill that would decriminalize possession of up to one-quarter of an ounce of the drug. That represents the end of the marijuana decriminalization efforts in that state, for now. It also demonstrates that public opinion (about 60% of NH residents support decriminalization) is not necessarily enough to move stodgy old lawmakers out of touch with reality.

New Hampshire, whose official motto is “Live free or Die”, is one of the most libertarian states in the US. It has no sales tax, no state tax and no public schooling mandates. It is also the only American state without mandatory seat belt and helmet laws. For all these reasons, it is the state chosen by the Free State Project as the destination for all liberty-loving people.

However, as the marijuana episode reminds us, NH still has a long way to go.

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