Re: State licensing
> And what about entrapment? After all, the officer is requesting an illegal service.
That's not, and never has been, what entrapment is.
If a copper buys drugs off you, that's not entrapment.
If a copper strongly encourages you to start dealing, then buys some off you and nicks you, that can be argued as entrapment.
To claim entrapment, you need to be able to show (a court) that the police officer convinced you to do something you wouldn't ordinarily have done of your own accord.
Just to make things even more complicated, too - a lot of jurisdictions require that the entrapper is an officer of the law. So if the cops tell a snitch to encourage it (for example), you still don't have a claim of entrapment.
The Uber drivers are already Uber drivers, otherwise they wouldn't have been despatched to the waiting copper, so there's no entrapment claim.
> My state requires professional licenses for florists, hairdressers and barbers, interior decorators, handymen, and limousine services.
I can see the logic in the limo service (as it's effectively much the same as that being used for Uber Taxi's). Interior decorators and handymen maybe (they come into the house, so perhaps it's an attempt to protect the old and vulnerable?), but the others feel very, very heavy handed.
> It seems a bit heavy-handed to me to jump straight to arresting the Uber drivers for the equivalent of a misdemeanor traffic citation.
I'm guessing in your state, one of the following is probably true:
a) They just issue Uber drivers a citation as they would a limo driver
b) An unlicensed limo driver would in fact be subjected to the same as a Uber driver
Jurisdictions vary and take different views of different infractions. I'm not sure it's necessarily heavy-handed, given that when you get in a Uber (or any other transport) you're trusting your life to someone else (someone who may not have the correct insurance to cover your ongoing medical costs, at that).
The likelihood of it actually happening are small, but the stakes are pretty high, so I'm not overly surprised some areas want to come down on it heavily. If anything, I'd say your state was pretty lenient (aside from the odd licensing requirements... why would a florist need a state license???)