The Government of Shalampax today made it legal to possess small quantities of marijuana for personal use. This came as a huge surprise to just about everyone here in Shalampax because most people were not aware that there had ever been a law prohibiting possession or use of marijuana in small or large quantities.
While in force, the law against the possession of marijuana was generally ignored, including by the justice system. Nonetheless, over the years, it had been invoked occasionally. A few people had been charged and convicted under the legislation from time to time.
Coincident with the repeal of the law, Prime Minister Manexposinghimself pardoned all people who had ever been convicted under it.
This too came as a shock to most people because no one realized that the Prime Minister had the power to pardon convicts. Nevertheless, in a verbal statement that he agreed to make only if there were no audio or video recorders present, Manexposinghimself assured us that he does, indeed, have the somewhat legitimate power to grant pardons.
Some opposition politicians complained that by pardoning convicts the Prime Minister was encouraging people to break any law that they, and possibly they alone, want to see changed. Manexposinghimself vehemently disagreed.
“These people were not criminals,” Manexposinghimself exclaimed. “They were our fellow citizens. Citizens who protested injustice by submitting themselves peacefully to the consequences of challenging injustice.”
Manexposinghimself went on to say that, “People who disagree with a current law should break it and vigorously lobby the government to change the law and pardon their crimes. That’s the Shalampaxian way.”