"Daniel Webster, James Otis, and Sir Edward Coke all pointed out that the mere fact of enactment does not and cannot raise mere statutes to the standing of law. Not everything can be considered the Law of the Land."
16 AM. JUR. 2nd Sec. 547.
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We have thousands of "laws" and, unfortunatly, there are more on the way. It seems that the last vestige of Puritanism still pervades this country and requires that vices become crimes. The war on drugs is the perfect example, and because of this monstrosity, the prison business is thriving.
 -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    I agree with you Jim K - we have numerous laws that run counter to the Rule of Law, i.e., The Constitution "for" the United States. The "War On Drugs" is one of them that is a failed monstrosity that has created much destruction (drug cartels) and the loss of many innocent lives.
     -- Mary - MI     
    This citation is exactly accurate, truthful, and depicts America's de jure jurisprudence ! ! ! The occupying statist theocracy that infests this land claims all of its canons to be absolute law jim, you're right; the only difference is the socialist puritans / control freaks have superseded anything their religious counterparts could have imagined on their best day.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Mary--I agree with all above, but what to do with those who refuse to stop the drug abuse. If the government will not keep us safe from enemies foreign and domestic, and this is surely one of the threats, how should it be handled? Prison is obviously not the answer. People destroy their lives, crimes are committed in order to obtain either drugs or money to buy them, people under the influence maim or kill innocent people in accidents. Should the equivalent of opium dens be re-instituted and quarantined away from the normal population providing them with their poison of choice and let them slowly commit drug induced suicide?
     -- Carol, Georgia     
    Carol, what you've expressed is true but out of scale. The prison overcrowding due to victimless crimes (2 ounces of pot in the back seat for example) is appalling. If a crime (an innocent third party's rights being violated - car crash, burglary, drug induced prostitution disease host, etc.) due to drug impairment or otherwise, an appropriate prison stent would only be part of the solution. Opium den equivalents may be part of the greater solution. Mary, ask yourself, what is the lawful / justice nexus that gives one individual / party the authority and right to force or punish another. (a social contract is a philosophical and despotic farce)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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