I love Reason TV’s Nanny of the Month series anyway, but the January 2013 edition is notable for two points. First, I actually caught the winner a week ago, before Ted Balaker got a chance to compile the nominees. Even more hilariously, check out Mitch Greenlick’s other legislative passion — a great catch by Ted:
But 2013’s first nod goes to the northwest nag whose new bill, if passed, would expand the drug war by categorizing cigarettes as a Schedule III controlled substance (along with LSD). You’d need a doctor’s prescription to get your mitts on tobacco products (including cigars), and if you disobey, you could be looking at a fine of $6,250, up to a year in prison, or both!
For reminding us of how far we’ve come since restaurant smoking bans, the January 2013 Nanny of the Month goes to Oregon Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland)!
Greenlick wants a “more rational way to decide who gets in imprisoned,” while at the same time proposing a year in jail for anyone smoking a cigarette without a prescription. That’s called “stepping on your message,” and it’s also called “idiocy.” Congratulations on a well-earned award, sir.