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(Think Progress)   First winners of pot legalization? The defendants of 220 misdemeanor drug cases that were just dismissed   (thinkprogress.org) divider line 294
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2012-11-10 02:08:27 PM
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.
 
2012-11-10 02:11:55 PM
And so it begins
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2012-11-10 02:12:11 PM

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.
 
2012-11-10 02:21:57 PM
I'm buying stock in Taco Bell
 
2012-11-10 02:22:12 PM
Second winners: Taco Bell and the guy that sells Cheetos
 
2012-11-10 02:22:53 PM
Shouldn't Colorado and Washington governors also be looking into pardoning anyone locked up on non-violent pot offenses?
 
2012-11-10 02:23:11 PM
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.
 
2012-11-10 02:24:31 PM
Good
 
2012-11-10 02:25:44 PM
Does this mean Pink Floyd will be popular again?
 
2012-11-10 02:25:47 PM

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.
 
2012-11-10 02:29:56 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: And so it begins
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Yep. This is awesome.
 
2012-11-10 02:32:35 PM
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.
 
2012-11-10 03:12:26 PM
Good. Resources should be spent on violent offenders and crack/meth houses.
 
2012-11-10 03:17:52 PM
This is the best news!
 
2012-11-10 03:20:26 PM
Meanwhile...
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2012-11-10 03:24:34 PM
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2012-11-10 03:27:17 PM
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.
 
2012-11-10 03:32:22 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.


No, you have the right to be cynical about those bastards.
 
2012-11-10 03:33:29 PM
But will they get their Super Skunk back from the cops?
 
2012-11-10 03:35:20 PM
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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.
 
2012-11-10 03:36:09 PM
"Hey! Is that retroactive?"
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2012-11-10 03:36:42 PM

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.
 
2012-11-10 03:36:49 PM
olddeegee: Obama the Abe Lincoln of pot.


FFS please somebody photoshop this and now!!
 
2012-11-10 03:37:56 PM

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.
 
2012-11-10 03:38:09 PM

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


No.

/Never woulda thought SPD had a sense of humor.
 
2012-11-10 03:38:19 PM
Hello, sanity. Hello, reason.

I haven't seen either of you lately. I'm glad you're both thinking of coming back.
 
2012-11-10 03:39:05 PM
Good. Less need for jury nullification.
 
2012-11-10 03:39:11 PM

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


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Stupid question.
 
2012-11-10 03:39:15 PM
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.
 
2012-11-10 03:40:21 PM
Is this real life?
 
2012-11-10 03:42:28 PM
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!!!!
 
2012-11-10 03:42:33 PM
Time to buy stock in Jack in the Box and Frito-Lay.
 
2012-11-10 03:42:40 PM
That's great, but I still have those, uh, other charges.
 
2012-11-10 03:42:49 PM
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2012-11-10 03:44:11 PM
The dominoes will fall like a house of cards. Checkmate!
 
2012-11-10 03:45:14 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.


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.
 
2012-11-10 03:47:20 PM
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2012-11-10 03:48:25 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.


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!
 
2012-11-10 03:50:52 PM

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.
 
2012-11-10 03:51:30 PM

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.
 
2012-11-10 03:51:39 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: And so it begins


Yup, this is happening and I'm actually amazed at the speed of it
 
2012-11-10 03:56:08 PM

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?
 
2012-11-10 03:58:41 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!


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.
 
2012-11-10 03:58:50 PM

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.
 
2012-11-10 03:58:56 PM

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.
 
2012-11-10 03:59:33 PM
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.
 
2012-11-10 04:01:13 PM

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.
 
2012-11-10 04:01:51 PM

Roook: I'm buying stock in Taco Bell


Nah. Cheba Hut!
 
2012-11-10 04:03:31 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.


.
Withhold highway funds.
 
2012-11-10 04:03:54 PM
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.
 
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