Unjust Marijuana Laws are Shifting Law Enforcement Focus Off Violent Crimes
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 01/18/2013 in Medical Marijuana Laws
Taxpayers are Burdended with Unneccesary Costs
Marijuana is still classified by federal law as a class 1 schedule drug with no known medical benefits. Therefore the use, possession, cultivation and sale is illegal. Possession of a joint can mean one year in jail for the first offense. Give grandma a joint, and she puts 10 dollars in your pocket? If the Feds happen to catch you, that’s 5 years for both of you. No more cookies or warm apple cider Grammy! If you grow 1 marijuana plant, that means 5 years in prison if the Feds get whiff of your stink.
Eighteen states have passed legislation legalizing medical marijuana. Two states have legalized recreational use for adults over 21. But this won’t protect you from the prowling eyes of the federal government. You will still go to prison for 5 years for one cannabis plant that happens to be seen by the Feds on your private property. It’s a growing conflict between the state legislation, the federal government and the people.
Fortunately, people are starting to wake up and smell the herb, and like it. The stigmatization that has been propagated by influential sources regarding cannabis is simply not true. It’s a miraculous plant, a divine vegetative delight that has countless benefits to industry, health, and peace of mind. It is a well established principle in the philosophy of law that governments ought not criminalize conduct that is engaged in by a significant section of the population. This is because the government and its laws are supposed to be of, by and for the people. When the government makes illegal conduct that offends that principal, such as marijuana prohibition, it goes to war with its own people.
In 2011, marijuana possession arrests totaled 663,302. This is more arrests than all violent crimes for 2011 combined. Some national estimates put the cost of small-time possession marijuana arrests above $10 billion a year. It cost New York City $75 million in 2010 which is a strong reason why Governor Cuomo has proposed decriminalizing possession of 15 grams or less..even when flashed in public view. Taxpayers should not be burdened with the costs of incarcerating hundreds of thousands of people for the victimless crimes of small quantities of marijuana possession. The intense narrow focus on arresting individuals for marijuana possession does great harm to our society and our children. It places the focus off violent crimes and violent criminal enterprises and it wastes billions of dollars that can be spent more effectively.