I’d recommend reading this article in its entirety. The below is a short summary of it:
Jesse Webster was arrested 18 years ago for dealing cocaine. He is serving a life without parole sentence in federal prison.
You would think that that kind of sentence would be served for murdering another person… maybe raping or assaulting them. But drug dealing?
I’m not surprised though, because its been a long time since we’ve lived in a truly free country. We have thousands of Federal laws on the books. How many offenses can you think of that actually have a victim? Let me put it this way, drug dealing is not such an offense. I see no evidence from the article that he dealt to children. He also committed “tax evasion”, which is no more properly a crime than it should be a crime to lie to an armed robber who asks you how much money you have. Not to mention that even if these things were rightfully crimes, they could not constitutionally be crimes at the Federal Level.
As such, the officers who were involved in enforcing this “law” are nothing more than kidnappers with a badge. The judge who knowingly sentenced him to an obscenely high sentence is also an accomplice to kidnapping, but its even worse because, according to the article, he actually knew that what he did was wrong, yet he still did it.
“The law is the law” is not an excuse. Nowhere does the Bible condone evil actions just because they are “legal”, nor is there any place in the Bible where certain substances are criminalized. While we should certainly have compassion on people who are deceived into thinking drug criminalization (Or drug use, for that matter) is a good idea, we should never compromise on the condemnation of aggression against those who have not used violence simply because it happens to be “legal.” Aggression is always wrong. Love the sinner, but hate the sin, whether it be the drug dealer, or the person who kidnaps the drug dealer, or aids and abets in said kidnapping.