Discretion Ain't the Better Part of Nothin'

A guy just passed me on Court Street, with dozens of other people around, talking loudly to a caller using a Bluetooth mic: "Yeah, I got weed; I got weed! I'll just make you some rollups. Meet me in front of my building in ten minutes."

The substance, the time, the place: all laid out for anyone within a quarter of a block or so.


  1. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?

    1. Anonymous6:29 PM

      Yeah, what's the time and place?

    2. Well, the time was "in ten minutes." The place was his apartment building. True, I don't know where that is, but suppose I'm a cop: he must be going there *right now* in order to have time to make rollups and sell them in 10 minutes, so all I have to do is trail him by half a block until he goes into a building, and then wait outside. He'll be meeting the customer right in front, or so I've just heard.

    3. Anonymous7:21 PM

      Of course, I was making a joke as if I want to meet him there. However, as Dr. Murphy can attest, blog comments aren't necessarily the best venue for picking up on intent, especially humorous intent.

      Well, there is no doubt that the guy isn't very aware of his actions; he could be "F'd up" or he could just be an idiot. However, what is the point? I mean, I can see that this guy is being pretty careless, but then, I've seen the same thing from city of Tijuana to the rurals of Ohio; no surprises there. It happens all of the time in the black market.

      To be honest, I've been pretty careless at times regarding such issues (especially marijuana). Of course, it is a much different thing to say that you have smoked pot vs you are holding some right now (availability/sale being a logical extension of this).

      I guess what I am getting at is that I wish to know what your opinion of this whole scenario is? What's you take?

    4. Ah, a joke!

      Well, I think the guy was being pretty damn brazen for a dealer!

    5. Anonymous7:40 PM

      Undercover? Well, not-so-undercover?

  2. Seems like good civil disobedience to me. The more we act as if it is perfectly normal to have, buy, sell, and use drugs, the closer we get to ending prohibition (I'm assuming most of your readers are "libertarian" enough to at least see the sense in that). Sneaking around as if it really is a "bad thing" just reinforces the next generation of overlords who decide our laws to think that there's something wrong with it.

    1. OK, Outside, two things:

      1) Favoring ending prohibition is not the same as wanting drug use "normalized." Just to give one example, I don't think acting rudely should be illegal, but I certainly don't want people to act as if it is perfectly normal!

      2) Normalizing lawbreaking can have consequences that exceed the goal of changing one particular law. (That is not to say civil disobedience is *always* wrong, just that it always has risks of this sort.)


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