The Month of May,I

Stop Arresting Smokers

When a police officer asks you for permission to search your belongings do what they have been preaching for twenty years and “Just Say NO!”  Normally when they ask for this permission they don’t have enough evidence for a search warrant and by giving them your permission you are saving them the time and hassle of trying to obtain a warrant. They always deploy intimidation strategies to scare you into letting them have their way much like a bully would do in grade school to get your lunch money or whatever else you had that they wanted. You didn’t have to put up with it then and you surely don’t have to put up with it now. Remember that you are paying them to protect and serve, not intimidate and arrest.

When you say no the officer must get a warrant from a judge or magistrate and must have probable cause. They can detain you while trying to obtain this but must let you go if not successful. Remember, don’t say any more to the officer than you absolutely have to! The more information you provide them is the more information they have to use against you. Evoke your Miranda rights before you are arrested and use them in your favor. “You Have The Right To Remain Silent” means just that.

Always respond politely with this:

“I do not consent to a search of my [person, baggage, purse, luggage, vehicle, house, blood, etc.] I do not consent to this contact and do not want to answer any questions. If I am not under arrest, I would like to go now (or be left alone).”

Also I encourage everyone that reads this to copy and print the following card courtesy of NORML.org

THE NORML FOUNDATION FREEDOM CARD
The U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from interfering with your right to remain silent, to consult with an attorney, and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement. However, it is up to you to assert these rights. This NORML Foundation Freedom Card will help you do so effectively.

If you are confronted by a police officer, remain calm. Be courteous and provide your identification. Politely refuse to answer any further questions. Ask to talk to an attorney. Do not consent to any search of your person, your property, your residence or your vehicle. Tell the officer you would like to give him or her this card, which is a statement of the constitutional rights you wish to invoke. Do not reach for this card until you have obtained the officer’s permission to do so.

If the officer fails to honor your rights, remain calm and polite, ask for the officer’s identifying information and ask him or her to note your objection in the report. Do not attempt to physically resist an unlawful arrest, search or seizure. If necessary, you may point out the violations to a judge at a later time.

THE NORML Foundation                                                                                                     
1600 K Street, NW, Mezzanine
Washington, DC 20006-2832
www.norml.org / 202-483-5500      

The war on marijuana has proven to be a failure. Like many conflicts this country has engaged in it has resulted in monetary loss along with too many people’s lives being ruined by arrest records that haunt you throughout your lifetime. We as a whole can force the government change these rules by electing representatives who are not willing to bend over for a cushy house or bonus but will instead stand up for our rights. From the president on down, everyone in this country knows that marijuana is not the dangerous drug it has been portrayed to be for the last seventy-five years. Tell U.S. Attorney Holder and Obama to admit defeat and put this useless spending of our money to better use.   

Check out the following sites to help in letting your representatives know you care about this change in law:

www.drugpolicy.org

www.norml.org

 www.legiscan.com

There are many more sites available to help protect our rights but these should get you started. Remember that now is the time for action my friends, as the wave of reality is crashing upon our elected officials right now!

I thought this video might add a little humor today but it is not intended to make light of the fact that we need to stay on top of this issue and get it resolved in our country’s best interest instead of continuing to let Anslinger’s outdated beliefs control us any longer!

beibejones/midnightboogies2013

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~ by beibejones on May 4, 2013.

2 Responses to “The Month of May,I”

  1. this post was really awesome, congratulations and thank you very much for sharing it with us. bbom bbom bbom bbom bbom

    • Thanx for the comment. I hope to encourge people to become a little more aware of how they can stand up for their rights and be a lot more active in getting laws changed in our favor. Please come back and share this site with all. Beibe

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