Wednesday, September 01, 2010

This Is What Happens When You Do Things Really Half-Assed

West Hollywood, CA

Last week three men, Pirooz Moussazadeh, Bernard Khalili and Shahriar Moussazadeh, were shot to death in a West Hollywood apartment. The alleged shooter, Harold Yong Park, was arrested soon after.

The reason? Pot.

It's looking like Pirooz and Bernard had been buying some high grade hydro from medical marijuana dispensaries and then selling it on the street for, surprise, a profit. Park had done some business with them in the past and showed up at the apartment to score.

Problem: He didn't have the money

Solution: He did have a gun.

Fancy that. He shot the two dealers and took out the third guy who, it would seem, was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Now, in an unsurprising turn of events, Sheriff Baca is going on about how California's medical marijuana law is bad because bad people are doing bad things with it. Badly, I might add.

You know what? He's right.

Because the law is a half-assed, poorly thought out, disjointed, schizophrenic piece of crap legislation that, by dint of not going far enough, allows this sort of shit to happen.

It's still illegal to grow, sell and smoke the stuff outside of such narrowly defined parameters that it's still easier to get it on the street than it is to go down to Venice and pay some toothless guy sitting on a Peruvian blanket twenty bucks to get a scrip.

You want to stop this shit you make it as legal as cigarettes. When was the last time three guys got shot for five pounds of fucking tobacco?

Remove the profit and you stop the killing. It's that fucking simple.

3 comments:

Chuck said...

Word.

Kill the criminality, too, and you remove the power of drug growers and pushers.

Of course, you then invite the worst grower, pusher, and taxer in the world: The US government.

*crash of thunder*

-- c.

Matthew McBride said...

True that.

It still amazes me that drinking is legal, but pot is not. Don't get me wrong, drinking is important, but I can't remember the last time somebody smoked a couple of joints, started a bar fight over the way some guy smart eyed him, then drove like an out-of-control maniac on the way home and took out a family of Mormons on their way home from church. Because they were high.

Tor Hershman said...

Remove the DNA and you remove the vastly TWISTED thingy.