“…criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing the possesion of a few ounces of pot, and that kind of thing, I mean it’s just, it’s costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people. You people go in to prisons, they go in as youths, and they come out as hardened criminals, and that’s not a good thing.” -Pat Robertson
While the above quote had to be salvaged from repeated words and verbalized pauses, I was shocked, SHOCKED, to hear Evangelist Pat Robertson speaking reasonably about drug policy… or anything, for that matter.
In Anoka County, Minnesota, the following things can get you classified as a vagrant, which is a misdemeanor. Which one of these things is not like the other things? (In English, a vagrant is a homeless person or wanderer.)
- A person who is found loitering on private groundw without consent of the owner and is unable to account for being there.
- A prostitute who loiters on the streets or public places to solicit for immoral purposes.
- A person who derives support in whole or in part from begging.
- A fortune teller.
A law against being a fortune teller! Could anyone have seen that coming?
To be fair, the fortune teller has to get some sort of “support” from fortune telling to be a vagrant, but that could be a simple service trade or small fee. You can see the whole text of the law here.