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   First winners of pot legalization? The defendants of 220 misdemeanor drug cases that were just dismissed

10 Nov 2012 03:30 PM   |   10270 clicks   |   Think Progress
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olddeegee    [TotalFark]  
When the tax money begins to roll in, and the savings of not prosecuting pot smokers begins to be realized, more states will legalize. And fast. The bottom line will do this. It's all about money and we're about to see a major shift.

10 Nov 2012 02:08 PM
MaudlinMutantMollusk    [TotalFark]  
And so it begins
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10 Nov 2012 02:11 PM
Benevolent Misanthrope    [TotalFark]  

olddeegee: When the tax money begins to roll in, and the savings of not prosecuting pot smokers begins to be realized, more states will legalize. And fast. The bottom line will do this. It's all about money and we're about to see a major shift.


From your lips to Cthulhu's ear. While I'm sure the legal, taxed marijuana will be well out of my purse, I'm all for legalization. I have never understood while it's a controlled substance while alcohol is not.

10 Nov 2012 02:12 PM
Roook     
I'm buying stock in Taco Bell

10 Nov 2012 02:21 PM
EnviroDude     
Second winners: Taco Bell and the guy that sells Cheetos

10 Nov 2012 02:22 PM
WorldCitizen     
Shouldn't Colorado and Washington governors also be looking into pardoning anyone locked up on non-violent pot offenses?

10 Nov 2012 02:22 PM
ToxicMunkee     
I bet those guys are glad to have all that bullish*t off their plates. 220 cases they don't have to bore themselves with. That's a win for everybody.

10 Nov 2012 02:23 PM
SilentStrider    [TotalFark]  
Good

10 Nov 2012 02:24 PM
fearmongert     
Does this mean Pink Floyd will be popular again?

10 Nov 2012 02:25 PM
Benevolent Misanthrope    [TotalFark]  

WorldCitizen: Shouldn't Colorado and Washington governors also be looking into pardoning anyone locked up on non-violent pot offenses?


One can hope. Even though they were convicted lawfully, we've now acknowledged that the law was STOOPIT.

10 Nov 2012 02:25 PM
violentsalvation    [TotalFark]  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: And so it begins
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Yep. This is awesome.

10 Nov 2012 02:29 PM
olddeegee    [TotalFark]  
After 1933 many prohibition cases were dismissed and in a case or two a Presidential pardon was issued. Be cool if Obama got to pardon all misdemeanor pot cases (probably won't happen that fast). He would be known as the Abe Lincoln of pot.

10 Nov 2012 02:32 PM
AbbeySomeone     
Good. Resources should be spent on violent offenders and crack/meth houses.

10 Nov 2012 03:12 PM
quickdraw    [TotalFark]  
This is the best news!

10 Nov 2012 03:17 PM
special20    [TotalFark]  
Meanwhile...
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10 Nov 2012 03:20 PM
quickdraw    [TotalFark]  
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10 Nov 2012 03:24 PM
Slaxl     
One of them will go on to do something bad and the right wing press will seize on it as proof that marijuana should be illegal, and run it repeatedly till everyone goes "if we ban it will you shut up?!"

Or perhaps my lack of faith is disturbing.

10 Nov 2012 03:27 PM
bwilson27     

Slaxl: One of them will go on to do something bad and the right wing press will seize on it as proof that marijuana should be illegal, and run it repeatedly till everyone goes "if we ban it will you shut up?!"

Or perhaps my lack of faith is disturbing.


No, you have the right to be cynical about those bastards.

10 Nov 2012 03:32 PM
ChubbyTiger     
But will they get their Super Skunk back from the cops?

10 Nov 2012 03:33 PM
Fark Rye For Many Whores     
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Dude? If we die, you can have my jail cell.
We're already dead dude.
...well then it's yours dude.

10 Nov 2012 03:35 PM
special20    [TotalFark]  
"Hey! Is that retroactive?"
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10 Nov 2012 03:36 PM
Zel     

WorldCitizen: Shouldn't Colorado and Washington governors also be looking into pardoning anyone locked up on non-violent pot offenses?


It's a good idea, but the manpower required to search for cases that were truly nonviolent is not available. They need to hire a small team of attorneys to go through records full time, and probably a judge on call to sign things.

It's expensive.

10 Nov 2012 03:36 PM
Blue_Blazer     
olddeegee: Obama the Abe Lincoln of pot.


FFS please somebody photoshop this and now!!

10 Nov 2012 03:36 PM
bwilson27     

special20: "Hey! Is that retroactive?"
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What kind of cruel, heartless bastard would bust Mary Ann?? That right there tells you the law is terrible.

10 Nov 2012 03:37 PM
bentleypm     

ChubbyTiger: But will they get their Super Skunk back from the cops?


No.

/Never woulda thought SPD had a sense of humor.

10 Nov 2012 03:38 PM
Cpl.D     
Hello, sanity. Hello, reason.

I haven't seen either of you lately. I'm glad you're both thinking of coming back.

10 Nov 2012 03:38 PM
nmemkha     
Good. Less need for jury nullification.

10 Nov 2012 03:39 PM
Fark Rye For Many Whores     

ChubbyTiger: But will they get their Super Skunk back from the cops?


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Stupid question.

10 Nov 2012 03:39 PM
jjorsett     
The Department of Justice could sue to block enforcement of the law. Thus far, the federal government has not indicated if they will directly challenge Colorado and Washington.

"Block enforcement of the law" in this case means prosecute them. How exactly do the feds force a state to prosecute people for a 'crime' that no longer exists? They'd have to try to get a federal court to declare the new state law null and void and therefore the old law still applies. Seems like a mighty hard case to make if you assume that states have any sovereignty over their own criminal laws.

10 Nov 2012 03:39 PM
Hale-Bopp     
Is this real life?

10 Nov 2012 03:40 PM
bwilson27     
So no moar drug test for MJ when getting a job in CO. or WA????? Could such a thing be??? Well the employment rate will skyrocket now!!!!

10 Nov 2012 03:42 PM
ArcadianRefugee     
Time to buy stock in Jack in the Box and Frito-Lay.

10 Nov 2012 03:42 PM
LordOfThePings     
That's great, but I still have those, uh, other charges.

10 Nov 2012 03:42 PM
smitty04     
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10 Nov 2012 03:42 PM
BafflerMeal     
The dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate!

10 Nov 2012 03:44 PM
quickdraw    [TotalFark]  

Slaxl: One of them will go on to do something bad and the right wing press will seize on it as proof that marijuana should be illegal, and run it repeatedly till everyone goes "if we ban it will you shut up?!"

Or perhaps my lack of faith is disturbing.


It wont matter we will just turn up the volume on the Pink Floyd in our headphones and roll another one. See if we can get the image of them spewing bullshiat to sync up with Dark Side of the Moon. Its over.

Im not prone to making predictions but here ya go. In 2014 8 to 10 more states push for legalization. 6 of those pass it. In 2016 all of the coastal states have legalization in place or likely to pass soon. Texas is one of the first to pass it in order to avoid being a stronghold for the Mexican drug lords. By 2020 it is legal all over the US.

10 Nov 2012 03:45 PM
Farty McPooPants     
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10 Nov 2012 03:47 PM
SDRR     

jjorsett: The Department of Justice could sue to block enforcement of the law. Thus far, the federal government has not indicated if they will directly challenge Colorado and Washington.

"Block enforcement of the law" in this case means prosecute them. How exactly do the feds force a state to prosecute people for a 'crime' that no longer exists? They'd have to try to get a federal court to declare the new state law null and void and therefore the old law still applies. Seems like a mighty hard case to make if you assume that states have any sovereignty over their own criminal laws.


I love watching social conservatives / state's rights champions who scream "get the federal government out of our lives" try to reconcile prohibition, it's hilarious. This will be fun to watch!

10 Nov 2012 03:48 PM
loonatic112358     

olddeegee: After 1933 many prohibition cases were dismissed and in a case or two a Presidential pardon was issued. Be cool if Obama got to pardon all misdemeanor pot cases (probably won't happen that fast). He would be known as the Abe Lincoln of pot.


i think that wouldn't happen unless there was a change in the federal laws.

10 Nov 2012 03:50 PM
BafflerMeal     

quickdraw: Slaxl: One of them will go on to do something bad and the right wing press will seize on it as proof that marijuana should be illegal, and run it repeatedly till everyone goes "if we ban it will you shut up?!"

Or perhaps my lack of faith is disturbing.

It wont matter we will just turn up the volume on the Pink Floyd in our headphones and roll another one. See if we can get the image of them spewing bullshiat to sync up with Dark Side of the Moon. Its over.

Im not prone to making predictions but here ya go. In 2014 8 to 10 more states push for legalization. 6 of those pass it. In 2016 all of the coastal states have legalization in place or likely to pass soon. Texas is one of the first to pass it in order to avoid being a stronghold for the Mexican drug lords. By 2020 it is legal all over the US.


My larger hope, is that all of the countries around the world that have enacted draconian drug laws because of the US and its money will back off again in similar fashion. But given how the US tends to operate I foresee a future will decriminalized/legal cannabis in the US while it's still propping up severe anti-cannabis laws elsewhere.

10 Nov 2012 03:51 PM
MFAWG     

MaudlinMutantMollusk: And so it begins


Yup, this is happening and I'm actually amazed at the speed of it

10 Nov 2012 03:51 PM
DrewCurtisJr     

WorldCitizen: Shouldn't Colorado and Washington governors also be looking into pardoning anyone locked up on non-violent pot offenses?


How many people do you think are "locked up" for misdemeanor pot offenses?

10 Nov 2012 03:56 PM
AbbeySomeone     

SDRR: jjorsett: The Department of Justice could sue to block enforcement of the law. Thus far, the federal government has not indicated if they will directly challenge Colorado and Washington.

"Block enforcement of the law" in this case means prosecute them. How exactly do the feds force a state to prosecute people for a 'crime' that no longer exists? They'd have to try to get a federal court to declare the new state law null and void and therefore the old law still applies. Seems like a mighty hard case to make if you assume that states have any sovereignty over their own criminal laws.

I love watching social conservatives / state's rights champions who scream "get the federal government out of our lives" try to reconcile prohibition, it's hilarious. This will be fun to watch!


I'm wondering about this as well. The SPD has already said they won't help the feds go after people for a non crime. This should be lulzworthy.

10 Nov 2012 03:58 PM
TheJoe03     

olddeegee: After 1933 many prohibition cases were dismissed and in a case or two a Presidential pardon was issued. Be cool if Obama got to pardon all misdemeanor pot cases (probably won't happen that fast). He would be known as the Abe Lincoln of pot.


Considering his stance on medical marijuana, I highly doubt it.

10 Nov 2012 03:58 PM
Stone Meadow     

ChubbyTiger: But will they get their Super Skunk back from the cops?


LOL...reminds me that the California Supremes forced the CHP to return a medical mj smoker's pot they had seized.

10 Nov 2012 03:58 PM
Joshie     
I'm gonna take the unpopular path on this one.

I'm pro-legalization of marijuana, but at the same time, I think the people who put money into the illegal marijuana market (which is unsavory enough as it is) and were dumb enough to get caught shouldn't be so easily given a get-out-of-jail-free card. They still knowingly and willfully broke what was the law at the time.

Going forward, I'm mostly just peeved that, as a non-smoker, I now have to wait for stoners to figure out what we're still trying to get through the thick skulls of tobacco smokers: WE DON'T WANT TO SMELL YOUR JUNK.

Please, dear stoners, learn manners quick. You don't magically smell prettier than the nicotine addicts, and your stench is no more welcome in confined spaces. Kthx.

10 Nov 2012 03:59 PM
david_gaithersburg     

olddeegee: After 1933 many prohibition cases were dismissed and in a case or two a Presidential pardon was issued. Be cool if Obama got to pardon all misdemeanor pot cases (probably won't happen that fast). He would be known as the Abe Lincoln of pot.


First he needs to stop raiding all of the dispensaries in CA.

10 Nov 2012 04:01 PM
BarkingUnicorn     

Roook: I'm buying stock in Taco Bell


Nah. Cheba Hut!

10 Nov 2012 04:01 PM
david_gaithersburg     

jjorsett: The Department of Justice could sue to block enforcement of the law. Thus far, the federal government has not indicated if they will directly challenge Colorado and Washington.

"Block enforcement of the law" in this case means prosecute them. How exactly do the feds force a state to prosecute people for a 'crime' that no longer exists? They'd have to try to get a federal court to declare the new state law null and void and therefore the old law still applies. Seems like a mighty hard case to make if you assume that states have any sovereignty over their own criminal laws.


.
Withhold highway funds.

10 Nov 2012 04:03 PM
Sgygus    [TotalFark]  
TheJoe03: Considering his stance on medical marijuana, I highly doubt it.

Bronco Bama is not standing for reelection. I hope the leader of the choom gang has a change of heart.

10 Nov 2012 04:03 PM
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