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Friend just got out of Oregon's prison system.. After fifteen long years, was a 25 year sentence. For what might you ask?

 

Ten, "Super high quality potted plants *capable* of supplying DOZENS of customers their HABIT.." Wow.. He used most of his cultured smoke for glaucoma and for gittin' high after work.. AFAIK he never sold, gave or offered out of his home any of his *dope*. If you wanted some of it, you came to his place and puffed out of his hooka rig..

 

Now, after the scant care he got for his eyes in the joint, he is mid-50's, all but blinded, and roughly handled. Not too sure what he wants to do, but no one wants a *con, a dope smoking convict* around their businesses..

 

Fuckin'A.. He won't consider moving to my part of State, gonna try to restablish himself in his home town..

 

Read article found while surfing. The uS has made the Prison Industry such a big.hidden.from.public.scrutiny business that the dopers and low-enders are a constant flow of cheap labor for the Bosses..

 

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By Roshan Bliss

Publication Date: 04/20/07

http://preview.tinyurl.com/2csqhn

 

President Jimmy Carter once told Congress that "penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this clearer than in the laws against the possession of marijuana in private for personal use."

That was in 1976. Today, despite the efforts of Carter and many others like him, laws prohibiting marijuana continue to carry penalties and consequences far more damaging than an individual's actual use of marijuana. Not only does marijuana prohibition harm the individual, but it is taking a grave toll on American society as well. The damage done by marijuana prohibition far outweighs the good it is doing, and for this reason marijuana should be decriminalized.

 

To understand why marijuana should be decriminalized, we must first understand why it was made illegal. Early in the 1900s, Mexico's political conflicts sparked a surge of Mexican immigrants into America's southwest region. Although marijuana already existed in various forms in the U.S., the new immigrants are credited with being the first segment of the population known for marijuana use. The practice also became popular in African American culture around the same time.

 

The popularity of marijuana among minorities made racism a powerful tool for the opponents of marijuana. Racist politicians used hate to push anti-marijuana legislation through. One Texas senator claimed that "all Mexicans are crazy and this stuff is what makes them crazy." A 1934 newspaper complained that "marijuana influences Negroes to look at white people in the eye, step on white men's shadows and look at white women twice." Media sensationalism put forward blatant lies and misrepresentations of marijuana that misinformed the public and stigmatized the harmless herb. The San Francisco Examiner went so far as to claim that "three-fourths of the crimes of violence today are committed by (marijuana users)." As a result of the pandemonium worked up by politicians and biased media about the marijuana "epidemic," marijuana was made illegal at the federal level in 1937.

 

Previous prohibition laws were reinforced in the '90s by the new "War on Drugs" ミ a campaign aimed at reducing the demand for and the supply of illegal drugs. But the war has failed on its own terms. Despite its legal status, 83 million Americans admit to having used marijuana. Punishing smokers for their use has not decreased demand for marijuana, it has only increased arrests of otherwise law-abiding citizens. In 2005, marijuana arrests reached 786,000, of which fully 88 percent were simply for possession ミ a completely non-violent crime.

 

This rise in arrests adds to the already heavy workload of the justice system. According to a study by BBS News, at least 135,488 people were being incarcerated for felony marijuana charges in 2002, not including another 20,000 being held while they awaited trial. With overcrowding already being a serious problem for the U.S. prison system, the influx of these harmless offenders is making it harder to put and keep real criminals in prison. But overcrowding is not the only problem. It cost $22,174 a year to house a federal inmate and $16,600 a year to house a state inmate in 2002. By the end of 2002, American taxpayers spent $1.8 billion to imprison marijuana offenders for that year alone. This does not include costs associated with the new inmates from the next year, juvenile incarcerations, police salaries and equipment, legal investigations or lost economic productivity of the imprisoned.

In fact, a Harvard economics study, endorsed by over 500 economists, concluded that the U.S. stands to save up to $13.9 billion every year by ending marijuana prohibition. Imagine how many under-funded social programs that could be revitalized by that kind of money. In light of the futility and harmfulness of marijuana prohibition, decriminalization's benefits are hard to ignore.

 

Space does not permit a discussion all of prohibition's injustices (the racial disparities of arrest rates, the unfair denial of education to marijuana offenders and the personal costs victims of marijuana arrests and their families, to name a few). Still, it is plain to marijuana supporters - and hopefully now to you, as well - that not only is prohibition not working, it is causing our country and its citizens untold damages for almost no gain whatsoever. Marijuana prohibition is a policy founded on hate, ignorance and distortion that is doing Americans no good. The rational and responsible response to these glaring inadequacies in our county's policies is change - change that will stop injuring innocent people, burdening our justice system and wasting valuable resources. It's time to finally take the hint that Jimmy Carter dropped more than 30 years ago.

 

Roshan Bliss is a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts and a member of Pudue's chapter or the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He can be reached via e-mail at rmbliss@purdue.edu.

For more information on marijuana and how you can help, visit www.purdue.edu/~norml or saferchoice.org

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That's a very sad story....and a real long time to be put away for what the so called "crime" was. The "war on drugs" is a failure in my opinion.

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Totally with you on this one, Kevin...I live around the corner from a Pot Club here in SF - so far I have not seen the Descent of Civilization. Just really mellow-lookin' dudes going in and out for their Rx...

 

Legalizing the stuff makes more sense to me - it would put a whole lotta gangsters outta business.

 

And the price guys like your bud have had to suffer in The Big House - no one knows the pain and agony they've gone through. Prison is hell.

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Too bad we cannot find the shitheads who caused him to go to jail and fuck their lives up...I mean my way...I mean...find out what they have done and hold it over their head until they take the lead pill that moves quickly if inserted by their own hand..... :wicked:

 

You can. They are called voters and they vote for candidates that promise to be tough on crime.

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Nothing wrong with being tough on crime, provided it is a real crime. Too bad so many are brainwashed into thinking pot is this evil thing somehow worse than alcohol, cigarettes, and deep fried foods. I'm all for being tough on crime for like pedophiles, thieves, embezzlers, murderers, ect.

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