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The NZ Herald and Stuff have both reported the case of Wendy-May Connon who, according to the crown prosecutor, drove after smoking cannabis. She travelled at excessive speed*, crashed and killed her son Konrad Truger.
Then on Kiwiblog Bok said in reference to this case
Yep Libertarians.. it is a victimless crime….
And Angus added
Bok, true. Much of the libertarian doctrine only applies in a Robinson Crusoe type situation. (before companion Friday shows up at least]
Do they also think that alcohol should be illegal because people drive whilst drunk and kill children? If not they are exercising a double standard.
Back to the Connon case: with all due respect to Bok and Angus, they are mistaken and have conflated (joined together) two separate things.
Wendy-May Connon did not harm anyone when she smoked marijuana. She did harm someone when she drove whilst under the influence of that marijuana. Her smoking was victimless, her driving under the influence was not, and they are two separate actions because smoking marijuana does not inevitably lead to driving under the influence of that marijuana.
To put it another way, taking drugs only harms the person who takes the drugs. If a person does something stupid whilst under the influence of drugs that is something else entirely, and if a person commits a crime in order to obtain drugs that is something else entirely.
If you are going to take alcohol and/or marijuana you know that you are likely to do stupid, dangerous things whilst under the influence, so please, please, please ensure that a sober person is around to stop you from doing those stupid, dangerous things. That person must be willing and able to use physical force to restrain you if necessary; if Connon had had a sober protector her son would still be alive. Also, if you drink yourself to the point of sleep or unconsciousness you are very likely to vomit and inhale that vomit so that you drown: it happens all the time. This can be avoided if you have a sober person around who knows how to put every sleeping and unconscious drunk into the recovery position, so that your mates don’t wake up and find you dead on the sofa with a pool of vomit around your head.
Drugs are a victimless crime: Wendy-May Connon did not harm anyone when she smoked marijuana. She did harm someone when she drove whilst under the influence of that marijuana. They are two separate actions.
What are your thoughts regarding this case and the legalisation of drugs?
The pointless death of an undercover policeman (my arguments for drug legalisation)
* Marijuana is a sedative, so I was surprised that someone would drive at excessive speed after taking it. However, according to an abstract on Medscape “Marijuana use also directly increases risk-taking behavior in some settings”.