For growing it in their basement or selling the dreaded marijuana. That for many of them was the real crime, that they were in there at all. Few had any money, most had public defenders, yet were labeled “Big Time Dealers.”
It’s how our legal system has worked for more than 60 years.
We have over 5 million people in prison today, more than China and Russia together.
Sure, more than a million of them belong in prison. The rest? I’m not so sure. CNBC says over 30% of the country is employed in law enforcement related work. Not just badge carrying types but lawyers, judges, doctors, prison staff, the list is nearly endless.
And that’s the main reason the drug laws have remained way too harsh all these decades.
Not for your safety like they would have you think, but because it’s a business…on both ends.
It will take another 10 or 20 years to get this thing made more fair and safe. The government needs to go forward with legal drugs that you will be able to buy at a CVS. Replacement drugs that are safer and will replace coke, heroin, X and so on.
In this stressed out world, we have to be honest about human beings wanting to escape from their daily headaches. They do anyway. Is it a good thing to use? No. In most circumstances it is not a good idea, but if you’re capable of doing it on special occasions, well maybe pot and some safe pill now and again might be okay.
Time will tell.
To pretend most adults haven’t or don’t use at least the demon illegal pot is insane.
Our last three presidents all admited they used it. George Bush had a serious coke problem and was even in treatment centers before being elected. It’s always called an abuse problem, booze related.
You can believe that if you want, but I know Bill Clinton inhaled and Obama tried blow once.
I was indicted and had to plead guilty in 2001 to sharing drugs with friends like the Star‘s Jeff Flanagan (distribution) – even after I proved I was only a weekend warrior and did the same as the other guys.
We almost all have done that and no money was involved. It happens.
Most cops have used and say so off record.
As of a few years ago one could join the FBI if you admitted you only used weed a few times and never again. Why? It’s hard to find those who never did or don’t.
With age we grow out of drug use.
Mostly time and health play a big part and / or we get too old for the effect or it hampers us at work, we have kids and so on. And I speak to so many friends now 40 and up who used but have convenient memory. Now they say, “Lock ’em up.”
They want to protect their children. I don’t blame them for worrying. Good parenting will be the best answer. I’ve seen that in my family. Don’t do as I did.
It’s hard to find a family that hasn’t had a major drug or booze issue or both.
I hope with the Colorado start we can begin the process of being fair.
All those young people who were locked up for years just for having some pot in their locker at high school back in the 60’s and 70’s, jail ruined them, not the pot.
Yes, there are too many out of control drug users.
But they need help more than jail. Anyone using is guilty of many federal and local crimes the way the strict laws are written. We need some modern changes. We need to address one of the nation’s bigger problems in a more positive and fair way. You can’t lock everyone up.
You say, not me, I don’t use illegal drugs!
What happens when it’s your 18 year old college kid and you get that call? Do you want them in prison? I don’t think so.
When we find ways to make it legal and safer our crime in this nation will fall HUGELY.
Prisons will empty, gang violence will come to an end and it will cut back on so many violent crimes all in the name of drug deals.
Colorado is a start. Maybe things will get better.
When no money is involved, few crimes are committed.