Truth and Common Sense blogs about a recent event where a pretty major marijuana grower and dealer was caught by local police, and prosecuted:
Libertarians and closet dope smokers in three piece attire want to legalize dope because “too many simple dope dealers and smokers go to jail, clogging up the system.” Blah, blah, blah.
There is no war on drugs. If there were, I and my former brothers in blue would be able to shoot drug traffickers and dealers on sight, like seeing an Iraqi pick up an AK47 gives the snipers a green light.
But we don’t. Oh, we chase them, investigate them, put good cases together and arrest and prosecute them and convict them of multiple felonies.
And then they get probation.He quotes from a news account of a guy recently arrested after his underground pot growing bunker came to the attention of authorities, and the accused's past history:
In 2002, deputies raided the same house and arrested Jaime, a Cuba native, for running a grow house. Investigators found marijuana plants growing in two rooms of the house, with elaborate irrigation and lighting systems. Jaime told deputies he set up the operation, using his skills as an electrician and a textbook for guidance.
During that raid, deputies seized 177 pot plants and marijuana growing materials. Seven and a half months later, Jaime pleaded no-contest to three felony charges related to the arrest, receiving two years probation.There are people who go to prison for dealing marijuana, and there are almost certainly people who plea bargain "possession for sale" or dealing charges down to possession, and go to jail or prison for that. But simple possession of marijuana just isn't one of those prison sentence crimes these days. There aren't enough cells; those have to be reserved for the meth heads.