Sent to Prison For Possession of NOTHING? It May Happen in Ohio
Will Grigg’s Liberty Minute
February 28, 2012
The War on Drugs has long been a war over nothing. Since 1971, more than a trillion dollars have been spent, millions have been imprisoned, and the Bill of Rights has been effectively destroyed. For all of this, there has been no reduction in the rate of drug use or addiction.
The Ohio State Legislature is pioneering new frontiers is freedom-killing futility: It is considering a measure that would criminalize ownership of vehicles containing secret compartments. Motorists found in possession of such modified vehicles would face up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Their vehicles would also be subject to confiscation through asset forfeiture.
Bear in mind that the supposed offense here would not involve an overt criminal act. Those prosecuted under the measure could literally be imprisoned for nothing: They would have neither contraband, nor the proceeds of an illicit transaction. It wouldn’t be necessary for prosecutors to provide evidence of a criminal act, or criminal intent. Furthermore, it’s not clear how this measure would be enforced; would all vehicles be subject to detailed inspections, or would every traffic stop entail an invasive search?
This kind of untethered madness is typical of drug prohibition.
Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.