Prohibitionist Pharisees Prolong a Child's Suffering

by Will

Liberty Minute July 11 2014

Fifty-two years ago, acting in defiance of federal efforts to de-segregate Alabama schools, Governor George Wallace proclaimed his devotion to ?segregation now [and] segregation forever.? So committed to the cause was Governor Wallace that he stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama in an attempt to prevent the enrollment of black students.

Wallace later repudiated his racial views and came to regret what he concluded was an intransigent commitment to a wrong-headed principle. Someday, perhaps, Idaho legislators will have similar misgivings about their devotion to marijuana prohibition. By that time, however, Alexis Carey may be dead.

Alexis is nine years old. She suffers from a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome that doesn?t respond to conventional treatment. A cannabis-based medication shows promise, but is considered illegal in Idaho.

Alexis?s parents have lobbied state legislators to rescind the ban on medical use of marijuana. Many of them had voted a year earlier in support of a resolution declaring that the state would never decriminalize marijuana, and urging more active federal enforcement of anti-marijuana statutes.

Basking in a sense of sanctimonious self-approval, these authoritarian Pharisees sing the refrain ?Prohibition Forever!? while an innocent child suffers needlessly and without hope.

Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. 

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