Reader reactions to drug policy enlighten
Published: January 19, 2011
Camp Zoe was opened in 2004, by Tebeau, bassist in a popular band called the Schwag, and "by some accounts, the 330-acre Camp Zoe is Shannon County's largest employer. ... Tebeau himself is not accused of a crime. Yet Camp Zoe has been seized and Tebeau's personal financial assets have been confiscated by a motley assortment of 'law enforcement' groups [who] ... will be permitted to keep [the assets] and divide [them] among themselves unless Tebeau can prove a negative — namely, that he did not knowingly permit the sale and use of proscribed substances by others."
This will take some readers back to the vicious felony prosecution of the promoter of the Goose Lake Pop Festival in 1970. Then they just wanted revenge: Now they want the land itself.
I'm out of space now so I'll try to explore asset forfeiture more fully in future columns. Let me close with the words of reader Kimberly Miller, who points out that "Americans have been consuming, growing and distributing pot from the time settlers set foot on this land, with or without the approval or guidance of anyone else but themselves. ... And those who don't understand or care about the remedies marijuana has to offer, guess what? "You don't have to use it." —Amsterdam, Jan. 13, 2011
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