Home | Community | Message Board

Mycohaus
Please support our sponsors.


Welcome to the Shroomery Message Board! You are experiencing a small sample of what the site has to offer. Please login or register to post messages and view our exclusive members-only content. You'll gain access to additional forums, file attachments, board customizations, encrypted private messages, and much more!

Jump to first unread post Pages: 1
Invisiblewingnutx

Registered: 09/25/00
Posts: 2,282
Measure would make pot busts lowest police priority
    #1863181 - 08/29/03 05:29 PM (18 years, 1 month ago)

Measure would make pot busts lowest police priority
KING5.com ^ | 08/29/03 | JIM KLOCKOW

SEATTLE - By this time next month, disturbing the peace in Seattle may draw more police attention that smoking pot.

As it should be, argue backers of Initiative 75. The measure to be decided by voters in the Sept. 16 primary would make possession of marijuana for adult personal use the city's lowest enforcement priority.

Lower than petty theft, public drunkenness and drunken driving. Lower than traffic violations and lower than being a public nuisance.

The measure's endorsers include the King County Bar Association, The League of Women Voters, the King County Democrats and several Seattle City Council members.

"I think our police department should be focusing on much more offensive crimes such as domestic violence and robbery," said City Council member Judy Nicastro, who endorsed the measure.

Supporters say that in a time of scarce resources, Initiative 75 would save money now spent on arresting and prosecuting people caught with relatively small amounts of marijuana.

How much money would be saved is not really clear, however. Of the 16,000 misdemeanor cases each year in Seattle, less than one percent are for marijuana possession, according to Kathryn Harper, spokeswoman for the Seattle City Attorney's office.

Harper was not able to put a dollar figure on what prosecuting those 150 or so cases actually cost.

Nevertheless, she said the initiative was bad law. She said it is both vague, since it doesn't define what personal use is, and problematic because it would put the city attorney in the position of having to enforce state and federal drug laws on marijuana, but also being told to nearly ignore them.

In fact, they already practically ignore them already, Harper said.

"It's pretty much already not a priority," Harper said.

So what the law does, she said, is give people arrested for pot possession another avenue to challenge their arrest, by claiming police should have been focusing on something else instead.

The statement against the initiative as printed in the King County Voters Guide is signed by Carr, King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng, and King County Sheriff Dave Reichert.

Although he signed the statement opposing the measure, Carr, ironically, would be in the position of defending it if it were challenged in court.

Initiative 75 supporter Roger Goodman, the acting spokesman for initiative backers, isn't buying the argument that the measure would force cops to ignore the drug laws.

Goodman, director of the King County Bar Association's Drug Policy Project, said it's impossible for police to enforce every law on the books, "so, discretion is being used every minute of every day ? (Initiative 75) sends a message to law enforcement to use discretion wisely," he said.

And whether it's a low priority or not, 500 people year in Seattle are arrested for marijuana possession and 150 people's live are seriously affected by convictions, Goodman said. Even a misdemeanor drug conviction can affect educational and job prospects, he said.

"We can't discount the affect on those 150 people's lives," he said.

Apart from the idea of saving money, the effort also signals a more growing cultural skepticism of the dangers of marijuana, at least in Seattle.

Supporters of the measure include the King County Democrats, for whom legalization of marijuana has been a platform issue for years, according to Chairman Greg Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said there's ample evidence refuting the assertion that marijuana is particularly dangerous or addictive.

"I'll be honest with you I smoked a lot of pot in college and after college and had no problem kicking it," he said.

"Look at he presidential races. Drugs can't even be used as an issue, because they all did it," he said.




Extras: Filter Print Post Remind Me! Notify Moderator Top
Offlinemonoamine
umask 077(nonefor you)

Registered: 09/07/02
Posts: 3,095
Loc: Jacksonville,FL
Last seen: 16 years, 1 month
Re: Measure would make pot busts lowest police priority [Re: wingnutx]
    #1865061 - 08/30/03 06:52 AM (18 years, 1 month ago)

Good deal. You probably won't agree with me,but Democrats are usually a little more progressive when it comes to drug policy. The only Republicans that speak out against drug laws are usually a very small faction of the libertarians.The majority of both parties are still cock smokers when it comes to drugs.


--------------------
People think that if you just say the word "hallucinations" it explains everything you want it to explain and eventually whatever it is you can't explain will just go away.It's just a word,it doesn't explain anything...
Douglas Adams


Extras: Filter Print Post Remind Me! Notify Moderator Top
Jump to top Pages: 1


Similar ThreadsPosterViewsRepliesLast post
* potential chicago pot reform afoaf 327 0 10/03/04 10:36 PM
by afoaf
* Bush's Ratings Falls to its lowest points
( 1 2 all )
fft2 1,895 22 07/01/04 12:47 PM
by blu3
* another one bites the dust...busted.
( 1 2 all )
garbage 2,101 32 12/06/03 12:33 PM
by garbage
* Drug busts are big business for small towns JaguarWarrior101 2,265 11 05/20/05 03:02 AM
by JaguarWarrior101
* Canada: Pot Smokers Get Off Scot-Free
( 1 2 all )
wingnutx 2,009 21 08/28/03 02:17 AM
by Irradiated_Feces
* Pot decrim? Sounds fine to me. carbonhoots 956 16 05/13/03 01:24 AM
by bert
* George Soros on boom/bust cycles EchoVortex 878 1 08/28/02 10:16 AM
by Rono
* Marc Emery stands up to pot-snatching cops
( 1 2 3 all )
pattern 3,570 40 09/23/05 05:10 PM
by Silversoul

Extra information
You cannot start new topics / You cannot reply to topics
HTML is disabled / BBCode is enabled
Moderator: Enlil, ballsalsa
603 topic views. 1 members, 0 guests and 0 web crawlers are browsing this forum.
[ Print Topic | ]
Search this thread:

Copyright 1997-2021 Mind Media. Some rights reserved.

Generated in 0.028 seconds spending 0.008 seconds on 16 queries.