In a bold move of flat-out idiocy, the Texas Attorney General declared that the people working on needle-exchange programs can be prosecuted and jailed for possession of drug paraphernalia. No kidding.
So, let's see if I get this straight - this guy is allowing prosecution of an outreach program that helps to stem the growth of AIDS and other IV-transmitted diseases in an effort to fight the war on drugs. Right? Right.
See, what's going on here is that the legislature allowed this to happen, and the attorney general is just interpreting the law by its letter. It seems they'll allow it to go all the way to court just to get a better interpretation. They are prosecuting three volunteers from a needle-exchange program just to get through this.
These three citizens are only trying to help people - and they're being made examples of. The prosecution even has the ability to choose NOT to prosecute- and they're prosecuting anyway.
At some point, will someone PLEASE stand up and say something along the lines of "hey guys, could we maybe, you know, stop being complete douchebags about this war on drugs stuff? Maybe we could spend better money, you know, treating this as a medical issue and actually helping addictions instead of blowing our money on the prosecution of, say, people trying to stem the spread of HIV and such. I'm just saying, y'know?"
Of course, we all know that's not happening.
The safety-moms will freak out and kill any politician who even hints at being soft on drugs, because OHMYGOD if the crack is legal my Johnny ain't smart 'nuff to avoid smokin' it!!
First, there's an excellent writeup of the actual details here by someone who knows what they're talking about a bit better than I do. Special thanks to Tracey in the comments for pointing me there, and to Anonymous (also in comments) for further explaining the situation.
Esentially, the prosecutors are being complete jerks. That's what it boils down to.