So, recreational marijuana is increasingly legal at the state level,* Sunday liquor sales have come to Indiana, and in lovely, tropical Hawaii....
In Hawaii, they're looking to ban cigarettes in a manner that would make the Volstead Act look like a polite suggestion: the minimum purchase age would rise to 30 next year, 50 in 2022 and by 2024, no one, no matter how old, would be allowed to purchase cigarettes. Legally, that is, and what possible chance is there that a black market would arise for a prohibited product of that nature, especially one readily available elsewhere?
Generations of bootleggers and drug dealers are laughing.
The preamble to the bill states, “The cigarette is considered the deadliest artifact in human history,” though without telling reader by whom. The simple club, edged weapons and nuclear weapons were unavailable for comment.
Cigarettes will shorten your life. They're not really much fun. But an outright ban is not the best way to be rid of them. The bill in Hawaii hasn't got much chance of becoming law -- and even lower chances of succeeding if it does.
* There are only three (3) states where pot is entirely illegal; the remainder range from closely-controlled medical-use programs to complete legality -- at the state level. The Feds are not impressed, but so far have been unwilling to press the issue.
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