September 15, 2009
One hundred pot arrests every hour, though blogger Andrew Sullivan gets a federal break
TalkLeft has these two posts providing effective coverage of two interesting "drug war" stories concerning marijuana crimes that have developed in recent days:
- New FBI Report: A Pot Arrest Every 37 Seconds in 2008
- Judge Says Blogger Andrew Sullivan Got Preferential Treatment in Pot Case
There is a lot that could and should be said about both of these items, and I hope in future posts to blog more on both topics. Looking at the issues together, however, I quickly come to the view that it would be nice to see at least some of the pro-liberty and anti-government sentiments being expressed by "tea parties" focused on criticizing and dismantling modern marijuana policies.
September 15, 2009 at 09:47 AM | Permalink
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Maybe that could be next year's project. For right now, they're ensuring that the government doesn't take over Medicare and that rationing will be done only by private insurance companies.
In all seriousness, though, the fact that the wealthy and celebrties get leniency for violation of drug laws in general, and pot laws in particular, is probably a large part of why there is not a serious crusade to dismantle the laws. When celebrities and wealthy people's kids aren't being sent to jail--or even charged a lot of the time--for taking a toke or snorting a line, they have little incentive to call for change. Eliminate the "gainfully employed" and "ties to the community" factors in sentencing, and suddenly possession would be decriminalized.
Posted by: Res ipsa | Sep 15, 2009 11:22:53 AM