Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Damn Hippies

What a country. The prison industry must be really happy about these numbers:

What would cops do without weed? For one thing, they'd sure spend a lot less time arresting and processing petty pot violators. How much time? For starters, however long it took to bust the estimated 739,000 Americans arrested for minor pot possession in 2006.

That's according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, which reported last week that a record 829,625 Americans were arrested for violating marijuana laws last year. Of those arrested, 89 percent of those were charged with simple pot possession -- the highest annual total ever recorded and nearly three times the number of citizens busted 15 years ago.

Yet to hear local law enforcement spin it, busting small-time potheads isn't their priority. The record number of busts, they claim, is simply a reflection that record numbers of Americans are now smoking pot.


I don't know if pot use is actually up, but it wouldn't surprise me. When our president is an idiot, and conservatives seem to have declared war on common sense, any diversion from reality becomes attractive.
The bottom line: Since 1990 over 10.4 million Americans -- predominantly young people under age 30 -- have been busted for pot. Thousands have beendisenfranchised, tens of thousands have been unnecessarily sent to "drug treatment," hundreds of thousands have lost their eligibility for student aid, and perhaps an entire generation (or two) has been alienated to believe that the police are an instrument of their oppression rather than their protection. These are the tangible results of the government's stepped up war on pot -- results that go beyond the FBI's record numbers, and it's high time that politicians and the general public began taking notice.

Legalizing marijuana isn't a political option at this time, which is a sad fact. Even getting medical marijuana legalized, which should be a "no-brainer", has been a losing battle. This is just one of the many symptoms of a country with a terminal illness.


Anonymous said...

I don't believe in the politically impossible. In fact I would argue that the notion of the "politically impossible" may be the magic charm that protects the political treasure room.

It's a political version of "don't look there, nothing to see there...".

Anonymous said...

Conyers seems to me to be the most instructive example. Somehow, he got loads done BEFORE he got the chairmanship. Now he almost seems to be going through the motions, like a lot of the Dems do on the really important issues. I felt like they did that on the union voting rules bill. Put it up. Let the Pubs knock it down. Game over. Sorry, you have to elect more of us next time.

My answer is why the hell do we constantly have to (supposedly) elect more and more and more of you to get anything done, while the Pubs don't ever have to because they can count on getting the votes of half of ours!!!

What kind of game is being played here?

I see it as a game of One Party System Pretending To Be Two Party System.

We forget that the Soviet soviet had long speeches snd deliberations and votes too.