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I don’t know if you’ve heard, but here in Massachusetts we’re living through the end of civilization as we know it. It’s terrible. Buildings are crumbling around us, grandmas are kicking kittens, and nobody, but nobody, has a good thing to say about anybody. It’s crazy, I tell ya! The end is nigh!

Oh, you want to know why? Because on January 1, 2009 having less than one ounce of marijuana for personal use became a civil penalty rather than a criminal offense.

You can see how terrifying it must be to live here during the decline and fall of the Commonwealth. Just ask the Boston Herald who Saturday morning printed an article titled “Boston Goes to Pot” complete with photo of–gasp–a technology professional “brazenly” smoking up in public! Nero tokes while Boston burns.

According to the Herald, some towns–encouraged by the state–are considering laws making it illegal to smoke marijuana in public. What are these laws going to say: It’s illegal to do something illegal in public? Isn’t that a bit, well, stupid? I’ve always operated under the assumption that it’s illegal to do illegal things everywhere, and that includes in public. I kind of want to say that again. It’s illegal to do illegal things. Everywhere. The punishment for personal use of marijuana has changed but the drug remains illegal. It is illegal to buy it, to sell it, to possess it. One more time: it is illegal.

Having established the legalities of the situation you’re probably wondering why Boston has its Puritan panties in a bunch. Aside from that Puritan panties thing, I don’t know. Despite the Herald’s article and the fears of commenters on every article written on this subject from prior to the election until now, mobs of pot-smoking delinquents and hippies haven’t taken to the streets to light up. The 7-11s probably won’t have to increase the amount of Doritos and breakfast burritos they stock. Kids aren’t packing a bowl in the playground, teachers aren’t passing joints around the cafeteria. This change in the law is a gateway to nothing more than a one hundred dollar fine. I think we’re all going to be okay.

These views are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect those of my partner-in-blog.

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Written by tldegray

January 4, 2009 at 3:27 pm

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