Nothing says PROFIT to the savvy and ruthless entrepreneur -- on either side of the law -- quite so much as prohibition laws. The prohibition of intoxicants creates a tremendous win-win situation for crooks and cops alike. In the wide pantheon of phony laws that bring the law itself into disrepute, not even "hate crime" can compare in its cynical benefits to all concerned. Sure, "hate crime" provides the otherwise unemployable with phony jobs in the racism industry, and gives lots of free publicity to racist creeps, but the drug war is pure gold for all concerned.
London landlords whose rental properties are turned into marijuana grow operations by tenants could be on the hook when the drug dens are busted, police Chief Murray Faulkner warns.So in effect, the police would get paid double to waste everybody's time ripping up harmless plants. This reduces the incentive to spend time going after car thieves and insurgents. Those people are worth less money and on top of that are more likely to defend themselves with violence.
As for the landlords, with responsibilities do not necessarily come rights.
"The landlord has a right . . . to do inspections after they give notice," he said. "If the landlord finds what he believes to be a grow-op and notifies (police), he is off the hook."As with the equally phony anti-smoking laws, the obligation of enforcing opportunistic laws is thus put onto a third party. So too would be the cost of defending themselves against human rights/landlord-tenant harassment cases brought by tenants in response to unwelcome repeated demands to search their premises.
Which would the police prefer to encourage -- selling drugs for a living, or getting into the property management business? It's hard to tell.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Posted by Mike on Tuesday, June 20, 2006