April 29, 2004

Joints for MPs

Posted by shonk at 11:15 AM in Politics | TrackBack

Over in Bulgaria marijuana was criminalized. Previously, small amounts of “personal use” dope were legal, but not only did that come to an end, the new law apparently makes no distinction between, say, marijuana and cocaine for punishment purposes. Possession of even a single dose of any variety of narcotic can result in a 3-15 year prison sentence.

Needless to say, a lot of people are pretty unhappy, and today the editors of Edno, a weekly magazine, decided to do something about it. Using their press passes to bypass security at the parliament building, they calmly went about putting a joint in each MP’s mailbox.

Of course, they were arrested pretty quickly (though not before putting about 40 envelopes containing joints into various mail boxes) and their actions denounced as “criminal propaganda” by legislator Borislav Tsekov, but I’m sure it’s going to be a pretty hot topic for the next few days.

I’m not surprised that the only articles by non-Bulgarian press on news.google are different packagings of the same AP release, but it did seem a bit odd that three of the four articles appeared on Canadian news outlets.

UPDATE: See Petya’s reaction for more.

Comments

I'm not a pot smoker, but I've occasionally fantasized about planting some weed in the local politicos' flowerbeds, then calling the DEA once it got established. I'm just not brave enough to actually do it.

Posted by: Andy Stedman at April 29, 2004 12:04 PM

The whole thing seems pretty innocuous. It would be interesting to see smokers of the world (or country) unite in a giant smoke-out, wherein millions, and surely there are millions, demonstrated in concert their right to get wasted.

Maybe I'm just tired of seeing American Idol results in the news.

Posted by: mock at April 29, 2004 01:05 PM

i just found out that the joints were not 'real'. it was actually regular tobacco. the journalists are in jail but the director of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee [which is a member of the world's largest network of Human Rights lawyers' groups] is their lawyer. So, they are all set, I think. The reaction of some of the MPs is pretty disturbing, though. Apparently, one of them asked the security guards to remove the joint from her mailbox because she was afraid she might get addicted. and, unfortunately, i am not making this up.

Posted by: petya at April 29, 2004 05:36 PM

Apparently, one of them asked the security guards to remove the joint from her mailbox because she was afraid she might get addicted. and, unfortunately, i am not making this up.

Obviously, she wasn't too concerned about getting the security guard addicted.

Posted by: shonk at April 29, 2004 07:48 PM

"It would be interesting to see smokers of the world (or country) unite in a giant smoke-out, wherein millions, and surely there are millions, demonstrated in concert their right to get wasted."

And this would be different from 4/20 how?

Posted by: Curt at May 1, 2004 01:12 AM