Oregon Legislator Introduces Bill to make Cigarettes “Prescription-Only”


From the “For [Expletive]’s Sake” Department, comes this bill that would make cigarettes “prescription-only”:

If you’re a regular smoker, you may want to keep an eye on a new bill in the Oregon Legislature.

Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance, meaning it would be illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes without a doctor’s prescription.

Under the proposal, offenders would face maximum punishments of one year in prison, a $6,250 fine or both.

Other drugs and substances that are considered Schedule III controlled substances are ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids.

“The State Board of Pharmacy may adopt rules placing requirements and limitations on the sale or transfer of products containing nicotine,” the bill’s text says.

That’s right, they want to make tobacco just as illegal as LSD, Special K, and steroids—and they want to force you to get a doctor’s note before you light up. This, coming in the wake of legalization referenda passing in Washington state and Colorado, is the height of lunacy. So we’re going to legalize weed and criminalize tobacco? Under what form of logic does that make sense?

I love this line from Rick Cannon, who supports the bill:

“I hope it passes and I hope people actually think about it,” said Rick Cannon of Salem. “You know there’s less and less smokers everyday because they know how bad it is for them, so I just hope people wake up and realize how bad it actually is for them.”

Hey, Rick, are you going to say the same thing about weed? Alcohol? Justin Bieber albums? Drones? Probably not. And even if so, what on earth do you think gives you the right to order people around like they were pawns on a chessboard? You’re already saying that there are less smokers around because they know it’s bad for their health, so why do you suddenly feel empowered to support a bill that would force them to quit? Are you really so arrogant and self-centered that you think you should get in people’s faces and rip the cigarettes out of their mouth? That’s basically what you would be doing with this law.

Of course, I doubt Rick has thought about it like that. I doubt he’s thought about it at all. But this is what we face in this country: bald-faced lunacy backed by uneducated opinions that have not been thought through. This is what we have to change if we’re going to get anywhere.

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