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A Thoughtful Look at the Marijuana Legalization Trend

ggallman Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 5:09 PM
“No one in jail for marijuana is actually serving time for using the drug;” WRONG! Marijuana Possession & Personal Use Penalties & Punishments in the State of Louisiana: Possession: • First Offense Possession of any amount of marijuana is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $500 for a first offense. • A Second Offense the penalties increase to up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000. • A Third or Subsequent Offense increases the penalty to up to 20 years in prison.
Illbay Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 5:32 PM
So you counter the argument that no one is doing time, by quoting the laws?

You're arguing like a Leftie: Don't actually address the argument with a counter argument when you can BAIT AND SWITCH.

There's nobody in jail for USING marijuana. That's just a fact. No judge these days is going to throw the book at someone for using this stuff no matter what the laws say.
ggallman Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 5:44 PM
In Louisiana there are in jail for using marijuana. We do have some judges who may not agree with mandatory penalties but they follow the law. Again if a user is in possession of 29 grams of marijuana, the penalty is 5 to 30 years and up to $50,000 fine. I know a woman who spent several months in jail because she gave a ride to someone who had Rx pills in her purse that were not in the Rx bottle. She did not know the rider had any Rx pills in her purse. But she was jailed. Sentenced for 6 mos. got out in 4.mos.
ggallman Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 5:49 PM
My daughter was caught in a park after dark with a few friends. The group was charged with posession of marijuana. She tested positive. Had she failed a drug test in the following 6 months, she would have gone to jail. - I do not use marijuana. But it should not be illegal by federal law.
ECGTB Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 6:01 PM
Let me counter as an attorney that there are, in fact, people in jail for simple possession. It is very true that first time offenders get a small fine or placement in drug treatment. People who do go to jail for possession are really going because they angered the police or the judge but I am at a loss as to why people who believe in the rule of law consider arbitrary enforcement to be a feature rather than a bug. If it really is as bad as she says, why isn't she calling for strict enforcement rather than clinging to the status quo? She seems to be conceding that locking up users is a waste just as she concedes that marijuana has real medical uses.
ggallman Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 5:16 PM
Marijuana Possession & Personal Use Penalties & Punishments in the State of Louisiana:
Cultivation, Distribution or Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana:
(Possession with Intent to Distribute means possession of more than 28 grams, ie. abt. 1 oz.)
• Less than 60 pounds of marijuana: is punishable by 5 – 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
• More than 60 pounds of marijuana: is punishable by 10-60 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 – $100,000.
• More than 2,000 pounds the punishment ranges from 10 – 40 years in prison and a fine of $100,000 – $400,000.
• More than 10,000 pounds the penalty increases to 25 – 40 years in prison and a fine of $400,000 – $1,000,000.

Society is gradually becoming more liberal – or libertine – in many ways, and one of the latest trends is the gradual legalization of marijuana in one state after another. This past election, voters approved marijuana for legal (recreational) use in Colorado and Washington. Marijuana has been legalized for recreational or medicinal use in 13 states, with more states to consider it soon. 15 million Americans are regular users of marijuana, a little over 5% of of the population. It seems problematic to criticize its legalization from a logical perspective considering alcohol, another psychoactive substance, is legal. If it is acceptable...