There aren’t many areas of modern society unaffected by the draconian war on drugs, and non-violent crypto exchange is no exception. Two San Diego men in their twenties reportedly pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of money laundering conspiracy, for selling cannabis on the darknet for bitcoin and operating an unlicensed crypto exchange service. The two young men could face a maximum of 20 years in prison for the victimless crimes, further highlighting the escalating and ongoing war against peaceful trade via crypto worldwide.
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In the case of Aidan Curry and Connor Brooke, the two San Diego men involved in this most recent episode of Homeland Security muscle flexing, the Times of San Diego reports the apparent “crime” the men committed was trading without government permission. Cannabis is only a plant, now legal in many parts of the world, and Bitcoin simply a network open for anyone to use. The interesting aspect of the guilty plea is the fact that the whole thing revolves around an assumption: that one needs a license to start a private business. There’s a reason, however, that roadside farmer’s markets and even non-crypto cannabis dealers aren’t made such a sensationalized example of: they’re not a big threat to the prevailing monetary system. Marketplaces and businesses the Silk Road, and Curry and Brooke’s “Craigslist of Crypto” definitely are.
The 25 and 23-year-old business partners are just another example in a long line of victimless crime pariahs of the drug war and USD fiat money racket. Their January sentencing could end up taking nearly a quarter decade of each of their lives,