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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Court Strikes Down Florida Drug Laws


“A federal judge in Orlando on Wednesday declared the state’s controlled-substances laws unconstitutional. A 2002 Florida law eliminated the requirement of a ‘guilty mind,’ or ‘mens rea,’ as part of a drug offense. Briefs attacking the Florida law, in which a defendant need not know that a substance is illegal to be convicted of possessing or selling it, had been filed by groups including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union and dozens of law professors.” (New York Times)

A “war on drugs” breeds all kinds of mischief.

FEE Timely Classic
“The Re-legalization of Drugs” by Tibor R. Machan and Mark Thornton