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The Man beats down another poor kid

For those of you who remember my posting about an 18-year old friend of our family who was charged with possession


he was sentenced yesterday to 6 months to one year of jail time. For hurting absolutely nobody.


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Sep. 22nd, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
Fuck. That is absolutely horrible. That's just so beyond disgusting. I really don't understand our governments drug laws at all. All marijuana does is make people chilled out and relaxes them, it doesn't kill, it doesn't even cause any serious health problems unless smoked in ridiculously large quantities and ridiculously frequent intervals. Unlike alcohol, you won't overdose, nor will you become agressive (quite the opposite). You'll just sit around laughing about who-knows-what and watching South Park while listening to Phish and eating popcorn. How is that a threat to anyone?

Furthermore, just imagine how much in taxes we're paying to keep people in jail for doing absolutely *nothing.* Jail should be a place to lock up people who otherwise would be hurting other people, that's it. There's no reason to treat people like animals kept in cages for doing something that effects noone but themselves. Then, of course, it just ruins peoples lives. How could the government just swoop in and completely destroy someone's life like that, over absolutely nothing at all? It just disgusts me so much, so incredibly much. If the effects of the "justice" are worse than the "crime," then it's just wrong.

As a side note, I wonder how fast our deficit would clear up if we spent less on this "war on drugs," and imprisonment of non-violent "criminals," and legalized marijuana while imposing a relatively high tax on it. Just imagine all the revenue that would bring in, and the costs that it would cut from our federal spending.

I just don't understand why the government has any right in deciding what we want to do in our recreational time. And where in the constitution is this deemed a federal power?

I'm so so sorry about your friend, that really is too horrible.
Sep. 24th, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
I think that this happens far more often than most folks think...
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