Articles Tagged: Punishment

When a town in Utah does something very noble!

June 18th, 2009 | By Pirate

This is history by about 8 years now, but back in 2001 the little town of 400 people in Utah named “Big Water” passed an ordinance that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana to a $10 fine (under 1 oz), and possession of paraphernalia a $5 fine.

The motive behind this says mayor Willie Marshall “Our ordinance made justice affordable for everybody,” said Marshall. “Let the punishment fit the crime.”

Under Utah law, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, as well as a six-month drivers license suspension. Under state law, paraphernalia possession nets the same maximum six months and $1,000. According to a newspaper article about this situation that can be found at this link:  http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/215/bigwater.shtml

I agree with Mayor Willie Marshall, and even though I think a $10 fine is too much for a victimless crime, I believe his intentions were in the right place, and I think you will find the city of Denver Colorado agrees, where it is legal (no fines) for adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.

Ruining people’s life forever, putting a misdemeanor on their record which denies them the ability for scholarships, military service, working at certain jobs, etc..  for a victimless crime is insane.  A $1000 fine for possessing a plant that has never killed anyone in all of history?
This would be like making drinking from a drinking fountain a misdemeanor punishable with jail time and a $1000 fine.  Based on harm, and social impact, marijuana is no more of a threat than drinking water!

Bravo to this courageous mayor and this courageous city council.  It’s only too bad that these ordinances were later repealed, and that at least one officer is recorded and reprimended for threatening the city council members.

Utah Highway Patrol Officer Nathan Giles blew up at local officials, Marshall said, in an account whose broad contours were confirmed by regional Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Lynn McAfee. “Once the police heard about this, they hit the ceiling, the Kane County sheriff and the Highway Patrol were just enraged,” said Marshall. “They do a lot of intimidating people into letting them search their cars. But Officer Nathan Giles was especially bent out of shape. He came in and yelled at the town clerk. ‘Who’s the dope-smoking son of a bitch who wrote this ordinance?’ Giles yelled. And then he made threats. ‘All hell is going to break loose in Big Water,’ he told her,” Marshall said.

Two weeks after the ordinance passed, UHP started harassing members of the entire town of Big Water:

On December 7, two weeks after the ordinance was passed, the town was hit with an “enforcement blitz” by Highway Patrol and Kane County Sheriff’s officers. “They were ticketing everyone for anything,” said Marshall. “They had a half dozen Highway Patrol cars out there pulling people over for no seat belt, failure to signal, anything they could think of.”

Which was confirmed by Lt. McAfee of the Utah Highway Patrol.

But this wasn’t the end of it, and as you guessed, this all has to do with police funding and getting revenue from these so-called crimes.

But Giles wasn’t done. “Then he went over to the water board office, where one of the council members works, while on-duty and in uniform and started arguing with her,” Marshall said, “telling her the ordinance was unconstitutional, that we had to repeal it, that the Highway Patrol could just stop writing tickets in our town, basically threatening to cut off a source of town funding. Not that we’re a speed trap,” Marshall quickly added. “Giles was very threatening and his behavior was very inappropriate.”


This is Utah life under a huge microscope in relation to the ‘drug war’.  No drug war equals no police funding.  It’s not about harm reduction, it’s about revenue!

This isn’t a war on drugs, this is a war on the American people!

Another Reference from a local newspaper:  http://archive.deseretnews.com/archive/880574/Big-Water-axes-controversial-laws.html

Is Idaho ready to legalize marijuana?

May 14th, 2009 | By Pirate

On May 13th in the “Boise Weekly” there was an article ran about the 300 person crowd at the state capitol for the “Global Marijuana March”.

Ref:  http://www.boiseweekly.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A323768

Legalizing marijuana in Idaho

Legalizing marijuana in Idaho

This news couldn’t be better.  I only wish that I had been there.  What an inspiring and wonderful event that I will regret missing for the rest of my days I imagine.

I have been saying that Idaho will legalize marijuana next, becoming the 14th state that legalizes marijuana in some way.  But I think I am wrong about that, because Missouri will be next it looks like.   But we have a proposal for a 2010 bill from an Idaho representative:

Here are a few clips from the “Boise Weekly”:

Then Ryan Davidson, a “Ron Paul Republican” and marijuana activist from Garden City, announced through the bullhorn that Moscow Rep. Tom Trail plans to introduce a medical marijuana bill next year.

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Since 1996, voters have favored ballot initiatives removing criminal penalties for growing or possessing medical marijuana in Alaska, California, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Maine, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. State legislators in Hawaii, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Vermont have passed medical marijuana laws. On Nov. 4, Michigan became the 13th medical marijuana state and Massachusetts’ voters decriminalized personal possession.

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Idaho Falls

In an article found in the Washington Post, the current White House drug czar (former police chief of Seattle Norm Kerlikowske) explains that the White House will be changing the current US drug policy to a harm reduction policy instead of a punish and destroy the product policy.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124225891527617397.html

I am amazed and proud of the brave citizens who took to the streets on May 2nd in Boise:

The Worldwide Marijuana March drew more than 300 demonstrators to downtown Boise on Saturday, May 2. Offering peace signs and garnering many supportive car honks, the marchers moved slowly under scattered showers along Capitol Boulevard to the front lawn of the Idaho Legislature.

On some of the local blogs that I go to, I have been told that Idaho isn’t supportive of marijuana legalization.  But after considering how Hailey Idaho has twice legalized marijuana (not just medical, but recreational as well), and how this proposal has been through the capitol a few times, and seeing how four of our neighors on Idaho’s border have legalized marijuana in one way or another.  I think legalization can be clearly viewed on our horizon!

Join NORML and lets start an Idaho NORML chapter!     www.NORML.org

Kelloggs dumps Michael Phelps?

February 5th, 2009 | By Pirate

I think it’s ridiculous how much attention this got and what has happened to Michael Phelps as a result.
Michael Phelps enjoyed a bong in his private time and hurt no one!  He still is wining gold medals and out performing everyone else, so he’s obviously not even hurting himself much!!

Kellog dumps Michael Phelps

Kellog dumps Michael Phelps

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedishrag/2009/02/kellogs-dumps-m.html

It’s like someone going out for a drink or something. The only major difference is that marijuana is much safer, and marijuana has never killed anyone!

I never watch the view, but I love what Woopi said about this!

She was telling the other women that we coming down on Michael Phelps “hey girls, I hope I don’t shock you or anything, but I like weed myself”  type of thing.   She brought up that even president Obama has smoked pot!

She made really good points, but she had me chuckled up!  What a funny woman!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx8JmivBQzo

So anyone who dumps Michael Phelps because of marijuana, I will not be buying their products or services and I encourage everyone else to boycott companies like Kelloggs.

When you companies who marginalize and punish Michael Phelps for using pot, you are sending a message to all of us pot smokers that you don’t want our kind.  FINE!  If you don’t want to speak to marijuana users in a positive way, and welcome us to buy your products.  Then, I for one will NOT be buying your products!!

I WILL BOYCOTT KELLOGGS

If Kelloggs wants to boycott pot users, then pot users can buy munchies somewhere else.

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Cannabis can save our economy

December 17th, 2008 | By Pirate

Cannabis sativa, scientific drawing.

Image via Wikipedia

There is no better time to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana!

Cannabis CAN save our world.  Our local and global economies will flourish with the benefits of cannabis, and cannabis tax dollars!

How does 50 billion a year effect our economy?  It will definitely help!

When the government stops arresting 800,000 people a year for victimless marijuana possession, they won’t have to keep building new prisons.  They won’t have to pay for extra meals 3 times a day for these inmates in the prisons.  They can move the work from enforcement and punishment of a stupid law, and start REBUILDING our highways, biways and bridges!!

The tax revenue pales in comparison to the money we will save when we no longer have to enforce and punish people for this idiotic law!

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