The Future of Freedom Foundation posted my Freedom Daily article on the feds’ war against Tommy Chong. Always sad to see a great comedian get no respect.
Here are the first few paragraphs; full text is here.
The Most Absurdities per Kilo
by James Bovard, Posted June 6, 2006
The war on drugs has produced more absurdities per kilo than any other federal policy. Drug warriors have had high-profile belly flop after belly flop. Yet most of the media and the vast majority of American politicians continue to treat this war with deference, if not reverence.
One of the biggest farces of the George W. Bush-era war on drugs was the persecution of renowned comedian Tommy Chong. Unfortunately, Chong’s case has received far less attention than it deserves.
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