2014

Hello and a late Happy New Year to All.

I have been very busy trying to get ready for my store opening in February so haven’t been on here for a minute and as a result I would like to apologise for my absence. Today I am sharing a few excerpts I think are noteworthy and then my friends, I back to getting ready to open Unc’s Pipe Shop. enjoy!

Marijuana: A Theology by Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

We might think primarily of the individual body and marijuana use, but first let us consider the social body and what will happen to our social body by legalizing marijuana.

Our social body is currently deformed, almost beyond recognition as a developed democracy, by the huge numbers of Americans in jail, many of them there for non-violent drug offenses.

Our laws on marijuana need to reflect this common good.  We should legalize recreational marijuana use at the federal level, keep it out of the hands of children and teenagers as we do with alcohol, and release those who have been incarcerated for using marijuana from all our overcrowded prisons.

*to read this whole post please visit http://www.twitter.com/sbthistle

  http://www.drugpolicy.org/

Colorado Manager, Drug Policy Alliance

Colorado One Year Later: Thousands Not Arrested for Marijuana, Millions of Dollars Saved

In the midst of all the attention-grabbing focus on regulation and new tax revenue, we shouldn’t forget that Amendment 64 removed criminal penalties and increased personal freedom for Coloradans. A year ago the regime of marijuana prohibition in Colorado was forever changed. Law enforcement and judicial culture and policies adapted to the will of the people.

According to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, by removing criminal penalties the state has saved anywhere from $12 million to $40 million dollars over the last year. (Others have estimated the state spends over $60 million enforcing marijuana prohibition at the levels now legal, so the CCLP estimate is probably on the conservative side.) Over the last decade, the state has averaged over 10,000 arrests and citations per year for minor marijuana possession at the levels now legal in the state.

Nationally we average over 750,000 marijuana arrests each year — something like one every 37 seconds — nearly half of all drug arrests in the country. Almost 90 percent of these arrests are for simple possession for personal use, not sale or manufacture. Police make far more arrests for marijuana possession each year than for all violent crimes combined. Colorado has removed itself from this immense waste of resources, and life altering criminal justice consequences, that persistently defines marijuana prohibition.

Indiana: Latest Red State To Go ‘Green’

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    Indiana: Latest Red State To Go ‘Green’

    –>     by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy DirectorDecember 9, 2013

     The majority of Indiana residents believe that marijuana should be legally regulated like alcohol and nearly 80 percent of Hoosiers support taxing it, according to recently released statewide polling data released by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University.

    Fifty-two percent of respondents said that cannabis “should be regulated like alcohol.” Forty-five percent of respondents opposed legalization. Among self-identified Democrats, 64 percent of respondents backed regulation. Forty-nine percent of self-identified Republicans did so.

    Hoosiers support for taxing cannabis was even stronger. Seventy-eight percent of respondents, including strong majorities of both major political parties, answered ‘yes’ to the question, “Should we tax marijuana like alcohol/cigarettes?” Only 19 percent of respondents opposed the idea.

    Under present state law, first-time marijuana possession offenses of under 30 grams are punishable by up to one-year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Subsequent offenses are classified as felonies, punishable by up to 3 years incarceration.

    Six hundred randomly selected Indiana residents participated in the survey, which has a margin of error of +/- 4.8 percent.

    The Indiana poll is the latest to show growing support for marijuana law reform among so-called ‘Red State’ voters. Recent statewide surveys in Arizona, Louisiana, and Texas have similarly shown majority support for legalization.

    According to an October 2013 nationwide Gallup poll, 58 percent of Americans believe that marijuana should be legal, an all-time high.

– See more at: http://blog.norml.org/2013/12/09/indiana-latest-red-state-to-go-green/#sthash.gnwMteh6.dpuf

From    http://copssaylegalize.blogspot.com/

LEAP’s executive director Major Neill Franklin (Ret.) had this to say: “Though, as with any new system, there will be issues to be worked through at first, the people of Colorado are about to show the world that legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana benefits the economy, public safety and ordinary citizens. I predict that after a year or two, once the media stops focusing on anecdotes of people behaving badly and we start to see hard data on the real benefits of ending prohibition, there will be a domino effect that echoes across the world.”

Washington state voters also chose to legalize marijuana in November of 2012 and retail sales will begin there later this year. Since that election, the Uruguayan legislature approved President José Mujica’s legalization proposal and Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico City and many other places are considering adopting similar systems.

 “It’s a tough day to be part of a street gang in Colorado. Not only did they just lose one of their biggest sources of income, now that police don’t have to focus as much on nonviolent offenders, they’ll be coming after real criminals with everything they’ve got,” added Franklin.
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In his new book, Rise of the warrior Cop, Radley Balko provides a detailed history of our decline into a police state.
He works his way through this history in a sound way describing police raid upon police raid gone terribly wrong, resulting in a useless loss of life.  He discusses police agencies that serve populations of only 1,000 people but receive federal funding for military-type weapons and tank-style vehicles.  We have also seen a total disregard for “The Castle Doctrine” which has been held dear by our citizens since the colonial days.  The “Castle Doctrine” is the idea that a man’s home is his castle and a warrant signed by a judge is necessary to enter and search the “castle.”  Balko cogently explains the reason for all of this: The war on drugs and the war on terror are really wars on our own people.

 Police culture has gone from knocking on someone’s door to ask him to come to the station house, to knocking on a door to drag them to the station house, to a full SWAT raid on a home.

Moving Forward On Marijuana Reform In 2014 But Never Forgetting

 Posted by at 6:56 AM on January 2, 2014
What a time for the cannabis law reform movement!  Uruguay voting to become the first country to end cannabis prohibition was a great way to cap off 2013 while the New Year starts with licensed and regulated cannabis commerce in Colorado. Washington State is soon to follow Colorado and a few states are waiting in the wings with legalization measures in 2014 (Oregon & Alaska) while others are poised to make serious runs at 2016, if 2014 plans don’t quite come to fruition (California, Massachusetts & Maine, maybe more).  Just as Colorado and Washington have already impacted the debate in other states and will continue to affect the political discourse across the country, Uruguay will have a major influence on the cannabis law reform efforts in neighboring countries and across the globe.While we understandably celebrate our victories, we need to remember our prisoners of war.While the major coverage of the day is understandably focused on Colorado demonstrating that regulated cannabis commerce can commence without the sky falling (thus far, anyway), my thoughts continue to drift to Jeff Mizansky and other prisoners of this unjust war.  Show-Me Cannabis has done great work spreading the word about Mr. Mizansky, a Missouri man sentenced to die in prison solely for nonviolent marijuana offenses.  Jeff has already served over 20 years in prison for cannabis and a major effort is underway to convince Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to offer clemency.  Unfortunately, immoral prison sentences are all-to-common due to cannabis prohibition, not to mention disgusting abuses of power and tragic SWAT raids.

I am a big believer in a regulated cannabis market that will create jobs, generate revenue and better prioritize our limited law enforcement priorities to actually focus on violent and serious crime.  Regulated commerce is a tremendous victory that can and should help us eventually end the failed and harmful policy of cannabis prohibition.  However, we must never forget Jeff Mizansky and other nonviolent citizens ripped away from their families due to lengthy prison sentences.  Or innocent people forced to undergo invasive searches that could be considered rape. Or innocent people killed in SWAT raids like Kathryn JohnstonJohn AdamsJose Guerena and, very tragically, many others.  Or nonviolent people, like Rachel Hoffman, coerced into being informants in exchange for leniency from lengthy prison sentences.

I have faith that the cannabis community will do the right thing.  That, as we move forward with commerce and capitalism, that we will remember to have compassion for those behind bars and those still living under oppressive laws.  Here’s to bigger and better achievements for the cannabis community in 2014 and beyond and to those that we shall never forget.

I hope this helps us make all people aware of the loss of our rights and the ability to correct this nonsense started in 1937 and escalating in the 1970’s thanks to Richard Nixon. Support this movement any way you can friends!  IT  DOESN’T HAVE TO BE MONEY, REMEMBER THE MASSES VOICE TRIUMPHS THE CORRUPT POLICES OF FAILING GOVERNMENT CHOICES!

Have a great New Year and let’s all empower this movement. And check out my new store @ www.uncspipeshop.com  peace

©2013beibejones

~ by beibejones on January 4, 2014.

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