The Market Ticker – Yes, Sheriff, People Do Have a Limit

Arresting someone for getting high is not exactly smart when the bar down the street will legally sell you as much booze as you’d like to consume. But that’s what our so-called “war on (some) drugs” has turned into — and in Vermont, it got one man rather pissed off.

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Working in a stout former bank building with windows closed and air conditioners humming, Orleans County sheriff’s deputies didn’t know what was happening in their parking lot until a neighbor called 911.

A man on a big farm tractor, angry about his recent arrest for resisting arrest and marijuana possession, was rolling across their vehicles — five marked cruisers, one unmarked car and a transport van.

So how long would this sort of crap law exist if every time someone was arrested for mere possession of marijuana their retribution was to take out $300 large worth of cop cars?

About 15 minutes.

Obviously the farmer who did this will face charges for the malicious destruction of property, but at the same time this is the sort of “push back” that unjust laws eventually provoke.

Never mind that the rest of the residents will likely have another reason to thank the now-jailed farmer — it’s damn hard to write all those speeding tickets when your cop cars look like pancakes, isn’t it?

Government — and laws — exist only with the consent of the governed. This man withdrew his consent. Yes, he will be punished for that act, and he should be — destruction of property (unless it’s your own) is a crime. Nonetheless the fact remains that at some point the cost of telling people what to do with their own bodies simply overwhelms the nanny state’s ability to cover it through taxation, if the people decide that the line has been drawn in the wrong place.

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