Ashcroft’s America

A local report from Idaho, on the Very Important Bong Crackdown:

Seventeen owners and employees of so-called “head shops” in Idaho and eastern Oregon were arrested and accused of offering to sell drug paraphernalia to undercover agents.

Those charged face up to three years in prison and maximum fines of $250,000 for each count.

If you’ve ever lived in a small town, you know how hard it can be to find work. A lot of the time, you have to take what you can get, and be grateful for it. Chances are, at least some of the arrested employees were just people who thought they were lucky to find jobs, in Pocatello, Idaho and eastern Oregon, jobs in legitimate businesses with storefronts and cash registers and tax payments and so on — it’s not as if these people were muling dope across the border, for chrissakes. They were probably working for minimum wage, maybe a little bit over, happy to have found any sort of job in what one suspects is not the liveliest local economy to be found in this vast land of ours — and now thanks to this mind numbingly moronic administration, they’re facing prison time and huge fines. And you hope that the justice system is lenient with them, but who the hell knows? Maybe they end up before the wrong Republican judge in backwoods Idaho, and it’s three years on the taxpayer dime.

This is such bullshit.