Legalize It? or Criminalize It? Don’t Hide it. Divide It!


Should marijuana “USE” be decriminalized? Isn’t it true that marijuana users are non-violent offenders? The critical issue here is the difference between users/abusers. Users might be in the confines of their own home, however, an abuser might be “driving under the influence.” Shouldn’t there be a difference under the law to reflect a “responsible user”, as opposed, to an “irresponsible  abuser?”

Is there a difference in the way law enforcement agency enforce their drug policies when it comes to the use of “illegal substances?” YES!

It would seem so, with the recent influxes of judges realeasing “non-violent offenders & first time non-violent offenders” from jails and prisons across the country in an efffort to ease vastly over-crowded prisons. Since, these “criminals” don’t pose a threat to society they are released to a “half-way house” or house arrest.

According to “Rob Kampia, director of the Marijuana Policy Project, marijuana arrests outnumber arrests for “all violent crimes combined,” meaning police are spending inordinate amounts of time chasing nonviolent criminals.”

So, the police department would have us believe more people “smoke-out”  than they “bang-out?” Not hardly, gangs are spreading faster than hot butter on burnt toast. The department isn’t “cracking down” on those criminals, who are violent and pose a significant threat to society and themselves!

“House Resolution 5843, titled the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2008, would express support for “a very small number of individuals” suffering from chronic pain or illness to smoke marijuana with impunity.”

States like California and a few others allow for “medicinal marijuana.” Although, I’ve been to Seattle, an annual celebration HempFest allows “users” to burn one in the confines of the park.

Ever been to an outdoor Reggae concert? Bicentennial Park used to host the BoB Marley Fest annually and people were allowed to burn their “high-grade” freely. To my kowledge, there was never a violent crime associated with those venues.

In what ways will this new “proposed” law take into account the disproportionate number of African-Americans that have been “singled out” by law enforcement?

Reps. William Lacy Clay, D-Missouri, and Barbara Lee, D-California, said that in addition to targeting nonviolent offenders, U.S. marijuana laws unfairly target African-Americans. ”

“Clay said he did not condone drug use but opposes using tax dollars to pursue what he feels is an arcane holdover from “a phony war on drugs that is filling up our prisons, especially with people of color”

The statistics bear out this fact. So, how did our country go from pusuing the “drug traffikers?” Whom are mostly located outside the U.S. if you believe what you hear. What type of affect is the Department of Justice {DOJ} making in the :”war on drugs” if their principal focus is on the consumption? Not very much!

If you cut off the head than the body cannot live. Maybe thats why they DOJ are chasing their tails instead of their heads!! I really believe the Feds are subsidizing the trade. Look at the Freeway Rick Ross trial, and you can clearly see that the C.I.A. was complicit in furnishing cocaine to a middle man to distribute to big time dealers in California.

In a recent report, Rep. Barney Frank suggested; “the U.S. should stop arresting responsible marijuana users.” Rep. Frank said Wednesday, “announcing a proposal to end federal penalties for Americans carrying fewer than 100 grams, almost a quarter-pound, of the substance.”

He also added that; “”I don’t think it is the government’s business to tell you how to spend your leisure time.”

I definitely agree with the politician regarding the protection of our human rights & civil liberties. We’ve seen enough erosion of our rights under the “Patriot Act!” Add in the fact that the government is allowed to tap your phones through this latest round of legislation passed this congressional season, no wonder people are fighting for their right to do as they please in “privacy” whether they agree with this issue or not.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says people charged with simple possession are rarely incarcerated. Unless you are a black or Latino man then you are presumed guilty w/o due process under the law! I’ve seen as much growing up in the city versus living in the suburbs. People in the ‘burbs get off with so much more. Trust me?!

You don’t recieve the benefit of the doubt when you live in the city. Po-Po; 5-0 {police} already assume you’re an abuser, thief, criminal or felon from the door, just b/c “you fit the description!” They infer subliminally that “men of color” fit the profile they have deemed to be the greatest threat or risk of crime. So as a brother you can’t win—you’ve been convicted in the court of public opinion.

On the other hand, many have advocated modernizing the antiquated laws on marijuana use. The day has come to put in place new laws that reflect the culture of today’s people. One might be surprised who “smokes the broccoli” w/in their 4 walls.

Cable shows like “Weeds“, which airs on Showtime gives a new face to weed users, abusers, dealers and distributors. Its ironic how people view one demographic doing said crime, yet another demographic does said crime and the wheels fall off. Its a matter of perception, and as it goes “perception is greater than reality.”

Allen St. Pierre, spokesman for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, likened Frank’s proposal — co-sponsored by Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas — to current laws dealing with alcohol consumption. Alcohol use is permitted, and the government focuses its law enforcement efforts on those who abuse alcohol or drive under its influence, he said.”

“We do not arrest and jailresponsible alcohol drinkers,” he said. Indeed, we offer them a red plastic cup so they won’t be chah an “open container.” Or, if were at sporting or music event we could drink within the confines of the event uninhibited.

“There have been 20 million marijuana-related arrests since 1965, he said, and 11 million since 1990, and “every 38 seconds, a marijuana smoker is arrested.” So, with all these damn arrests its still easier to get drugs than to groceries. Arrests don’t curb abuse! Incarceration doesn’t make the streets safe because instead of pursuing the violent criminal they jail the person who consumes the substance.

The policy is obviously failing to make children safer, to remove the prevalence of “weed” from our streets. Hell, all the time and resources local police departments spend in the inner-cities, they aren’t looking for the distributors, importers, and cartels. Beause sure as hell aren’t in the hood. On the contrary, their in the ‘burbs!!

The bottom line, as far as, the marijuana Reform is concerrned is to end arrests. Period! Let’s hope they succeed cuz far to many have been criminalized for “inhaling!” We can’t all be like Bill Clinton and still get elected b/c he didn’t “inhale.”

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  3. Ugh…hold on let me finish rolling this…oh light it up…ugh puff, puff, pass…ok now I’m ready LEAGLIZE IT!! I mean seriously, do you know how many people smoke? And it’s not dangerous like cigarettes! If more people could smoke in their back yard with thier signifigant other and chill at home without worrying about nosey neighbors calling the cops (speaking from experience…the cop took a puff though…LOL!!) than we would have alot less drunks running around on the streets! Especially in this economy….Ugh, gotta go my turn to …Puff, Puff…LOL!!

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