Chronsters turning into libertarians?

I doubt it, but it was really nice to see this:

…Starting Jan. 1, county prosecutors are instructed not to file felony charges for drug amounts under a hundredth of a gram.
How much is that? Barely a speck: A McDonald’s sugar packet contains 400 times more powder. But a hundredth of a gram is the absolute minimum necessary to conduct two lab tests: one for the prosecution, one for the defense. In other words, it’s the absolute minimum necessary for a fair trial.
The change is good for justice — but also good for our justice system, which has focused too much of its scarce resources on prosecuting low-level addicts instead of more dangerous criminals. Of the 46,000 drug-possession felony cases the county filed last year, a third involved less than a gram of a controlled substance. Many of those cases involved crack pipes, which almost always carry traces of cocaine residue. (Very likely the bills in your wallet do, too. Those molecules get around.)

Once again, I find myself agreeing with pretty much every single word they write here. I know well the deleterious effects of crack on its users, and (to a lesser extent) cocaine. But sooner or later we’re going to have to take a look at the insane drug policies we have in place and all the deleterious effects of said policies on the Bill of Rights — to say nothing of the effects on the justice system, which were mentioned later in the piece. I realize that we’re not going to get all of it at once, just like we’re not going to get all the liberty-infringing gun laws struck down — but we have to start somewhere, and this is at least as good of a start as any. It’ll be fun to see how far it is from this to not prosecuting those with certain meaningful amounts of currently illegal drugs…

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One Response to “Chronsters turning into libertarians?”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Bob S. (209.12.109.210)
    I think decriminalizing possession and use won’t work UNLESS we also drastically increase the penalties for crimes committed under the influence of those drugs.

    I don’t mind people getting stoned in their living rooms but if they drive stoned and kill someone it should be a 2nd degree murder charge, etc.

    Assault someone while high on drugs that increase aggression — add a decade to the prison term.

    Will Rogers once said “The right to swing your fist stops at the end of my nose”. I think that if we decriminalize possession/use we will have more crimes committed trying to get money for drugs.

    Use all you won’t just don’t harm anyone else.
    December 29, 2009, 4:53:11 PM CST – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    Boomer Lad (207.235.20.43)
    Would make it simpler to have hay fever that sudafed works well for and diabetes in Texas, I’ll tell ya that much.

    If people want to destroy their own lives, let ’em. Just don’t let it be an excuse for anything and hold them liable for their damages, like Bob said.
    December 29, 2009, 10:29:13 PM CST – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    BobG (68.165.133.76)
    Hard drug use tends to be a self-correcting problem; you see more old drunks around than you do old junkies.
    December 30, 2009, 8:25:39 AM CST – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    Boomer Lad (207.235.20.43)
    Same with stoners…Not my cup of tea but I live not terrible far from Willie’s ranch and recording studio/golf course and there’s a load of 70 and 80 year old dope smokers out there that don’t seem to be bugging anyone much.
    December 30, 2009, 11:01:40 AM CST – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    the pistolero (68.203.231.7)
    I think decriminalizing possession and use won’t work UNLESS we also drastically increase the penalties for crimes committed under the influence of those drugs.

    They need to do that with alcohol as well. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but according to an old urban legend, they put drunk drivers in front of a firing squad in El Salvador. I tend to think that wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

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