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Friday, November 19, 2010

Enforce the law

There is a guy in Switzerland, Bernard Rappaz, he is on a hunger strike because he was growing cannabis and it is illegal so the authorities took him to court and he got 5 years and 8 months imprisonment for violation of the country's federal drug laws.

Now he is on a hunger strike because he says he has a right to engage in civil disobedience for his political cause for the legalisation of cannabis, which he conveniently calls hemp  ... (they are the same plant).

His supporters, naturally, are not only defending his right to grow and use dope but also his hunger strike and now this is where it has gotten interesting. Rather than the debate be about enforcement of the laws of the land or even a debate about the merits or otherwise of legalisation, by going on a hunger strike in prison Bernard Rappaz has turned the national debate on this issue about whether doctors are allowed or even forced to keep him alive against his will to serve out his prison sentence or should doctors just let a man die because that is what he wants to do?

Some are even suggesting that the law should not be enforced on Bernard because he strongly opposes it …. TURN IT UP.

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