Sunday, June 17, 2012

President Obama's Message of "Don't get caught"



Recently I found this meme on Facebook, and it got a reaction out of me. I got to thinking just how true and profound it really was. All it would of taken is one arrest, and our present time would be completely different.


I sat in front of my computer, smoking a joint, and watched the smoke dispersing into the room as I exhale. I starting thinking deeper into it,  wondering what would have happened if a young Barack Obama/Barry Sotero was hanging out with his friends, having a good time, and ended up getting busted with an ounce of cannabis. .



I took another hit off my pipe, looking around the room, bothering nobody, and wondered why almost a million people a year were going to get arrested for cannabis. A million dreamers aspirations of lifetime goals and possibilities thrown aside.  The day after a drug bust they wake up to a new life, with a new label, a criminal.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting to get a different result. The war on cannabis has proven to be the epitome of insanity.

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I had an idea for a meme, and it went viral. Within a few hours it had gotten shared to tens of thousands of people on Facebook! The icing on the cake though, was when I started seeing people I don't even know, tweeting it directly to Barack Obama. I have had a great time time reading peoples perspectives on it, and I can tell that it kind of touched a nerve. 



Anyways I think I had made a pretty good point with it. That being the blatant hypocrisy our President has committed by continuing to ignore the peoples desire to end the war on cannabis. It was good enough for him to do it, flippantly bragging about it to look all hip and shit. Why can't he do the right thing and just put his pen on a piece of paper and reschedule cannabis. Why should more and more people be busted for what he is guilty of doing himself?


 
Considering the ratio of blacks getting arrested compared to whites is staggering. He is so frigging lucky he had never gotten arrested.  In every single state in the United States, except for one, (Hawaii) more blacks are arrested than whites.

Marijuana Possession Arrest Rates by State and Race (2006)


So what kind of choice is a person supposed to have come November? A hypocrite, or the 250 million dollar man?  I don't care for republicans at all. For one reason the Republicans have traditionally opposed cannabis reform, the majority of them view it as being soft on criminals.

 I read in The New York Times, that Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said that half of the 6,200 people who were charged with low-level marijuana possession last year in Manhattan had never been arrested before.


No one wants our politicians, or our police to be soft on criminals. Instead of considering someone who is arrested for the first time in their life because of cannabis a criminal....Why not consider them just a person? We already incarcerate more people than any other country in the world, so why should we just exasperate the problem further?

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On another note, I read today where a local law enforcement have gone so far out of their way to get a cannabis arrest.They used constant surveillance of a hydroponic shop to go after people who purchased there. Taking tag numbers and looking up addresses, then fabricating tips to search homes.
"Narcotics detectives pursuing indoor pot farmers have been put on leave, accused of breaking the law and lying to judges. Prosecutors have had to drop charges."
Pinellas Sheriff's Race Clouded By Marijuana Busts
The question I have to ask is. What motivated these police officers to lie to a judge, just to set someone up for a cannabis charge? What is motivating the police to go so far to violate someone's civil liberties by invading their privacy,  and profiling people based simply by where they shopped? 
I can only guess it is by pressure from their commanders to specifically target cannabis users so they can acquire Federal Subsidies set aside for quotas of cannabis arrests. How much is it up to now for a local police department? A million bucks?...More?
Maybe our police are getting a sick thrill out of taking a persons home and assets away from them in a seizure, and selling them at police auctions.
Cannabis has never killed anyone, but law enforcement treats cannabis users like criminals, and somehow they should be public enemy number one, and they have no problem lying to a judge to convict someone.
The tired excuse of we don't make the laws we just enforce them, rings hollow to someone when police go out of their way to oppose cannabis reform. Mainly for financial reasons instead of what would be best for our communities.
Look at the bigger picture,  our countries DEA,  ILLEGALLY sold guns to drug cartels. The guns have been linked to over 200 murders in Mexico, and an American Border Patrol Agent. 
Of course the head of the DEA, Eric Holder, denies any accountability. He has gone so far as to lying to congress about medical marijuana raids. Denying any prior knowledge of the organization he runs of selling guns to drug cartels. Eric Holder is more slippery than a greased pig at a fair. What really is funny is his response to these allegations. Basically discounting congressional concerns and saying it is nothing but partisan politics.  I'm not a republican or a democrat, I'm just a concerned citizen wanting to know just how far a government agency will go  just to keep getting a blank check every year.
The DEA lying with a straight face over their assertion that cannabis has no medicinal value, over the past 40 years has made them feel invulnerable to any other lie they wish to fabricate.  Yet they are the government so they automatically get a free pass. So from the top down, from the DEA to local law enforcement, Americans are having its enforcers of justice lie to congress, lie to judges, and imprisoning people everyday.
How are we supposed to trust the police, when it seems like they will do anything to imprison us, and make us criminals over a plant? Like I said, cannabis has never killed anyone, or ruined anyone's life. Only the results of cannabis prohibition has caused that.

Look at the big picture. Our own DEA, ILLEGALLY sold guns to drug cartels. The guns have been linked to over 200 murders. Including a Border Patrol Agent.

Our local law enforcement goes so far as to lying to judges, incarcerating people over a plant.

How are we supposed to be reassured by our police that they are not just out to put us in jail?

Like I said cannabis never killed anyone, it never ruined lives, only the results of it's prohibition has caused that.
 can only guess it is over pressure from your bosses to specifically target cannabis users so they can receive Federal Subsidies set aside for local law enforcement for quotas on cannabis arrests. How much is it up to now? A million bucks,... more?

Was it the thrill of taking someones home away from them, and all their other personal possessions so you can turn a quick buck on a sheriff's auction?

Cannabis has never killed anyone, but our law enforcement would have us believe that cannabis users are public enemy number one. Why else would they spend the majority of their time focusing on cannabis arrests?

Look at the big picture. Our own DEA, ILLEGALLY sold guns to drug cartels. The guns have been linked to over 200 murders. Including a Border Patrol Agent.

Our local law enforcement goes so far as to lying to judges, incarcerating people over a plant.

How are we supposed to be reassured by our police that they are not just out to put us in jail?

Like I said cannabis never killed anyone, it never ruined lives, only the results of it's prohibition has caused that.
The question I have to ask is what motivated these Police Officers to lie to a judge, just to set someone up for a cannabis charge? What is motivating them to go so far to violating peoples civil liberties by invading their privacy, based simply on where they shopped?

I can only guess it is over pressure from your bosses to specifically target cannabis users so they can receive Federal Subsidies set aside for local law enforcement for quotas on cannabis arrests. How much is it up to now? A million bucks,... more?

Was it the thrill of taking someones home away from them, and all their other personal possessions so you can turn a quick buck on a sheriff's auction?

Cannabis has never killed anyone, but our law enforcement would have us believe that cannabis users are public enemy number one. Why else would they spend the majority of their time focusing on cannabis arrests?

Look at the big picture. Our own DEA, ILLEGALLY sold guns to drug cartels. The guns have been linked to over 200 murders. Including a Border Patrol Agent.

Our local law enforcement goes so far as to lying to judges, incarcerating people over a plant.

How are we supposed to be reassured by our police that they are not just out to put us in jail?

Like I said cannabis never killed anyone, it never ruined lives, only the results of it's prohibition has caused that.
The question I have to ask is what motivated these Police Officers to lie to a judge, just to set someone up for a cannabis charge? What is motivating them to go so far to violating peoples civil liberties by invading their privacy, based simply on where they shopped?

I can only guess it is over pressure from your bosses to specifically target cannabis users so they can receive Federal Subsidies set aside for local law enforcement for quotas on cannabis arrests. How much is it up to now? A million bucks,... more?

Was it the thrill of taking someones home away from them, and all their other personal possessions so you can turn a quick buck on a sheriff's auction?

Cannabis has never killed anyone, but our law enforcement would have us believe that cannabis users are public enemy number one. Why else would they spend the majority of their time focusing on cannabis arrests?

Look at the big picture. Our own DEA, ILLEGALLY sold guns to drug cartels. The guns have been linked to over 200 murders. Including a Border Patrol Agent.

Our local law enforcement goes so far as to lying to judges, incarcerating people over a plant.

How are we supposed to be reassured by our police that they are not just out to put us in jail?

Like I said cannabis never killed anyone, it never ruined lives, only the results of it's prohibition has caused that.
The question I have to ask is what motivated these Police Officers to lie to a judge, just to set someone up for a cannabis charge? What is motivating them to go so far to violating peoples civil liberties by invading their privacy, based simply on where they shopped?

I can only guess it is over pressure from your bosses to specifically target cannabis users so they can receive Federal Subsidies set aside for local law enforcement for quotas on cannabis arrests. How much is it up to now? A million bucks,... more?

Was it the thrill of taking someones home away from them, and all their other personal possessions so you can turn a quick buck on a sheriff's auction?

Cannabis has never killed anyone, but our law enforcement would have us believe that cannabis users are public enemy number one. Why else would they spend the majority of their time focusing on cannabis arrests?

Look at the big picture. Our own DEA, ILLEGALLY sold guns to drug cartels. The guns have been linked to over 200 murders. Including a Border Patrol Agent.

Our local law enforcement goes so far as to lying to judges, incarcerating people over a plant.

How are we supposed to be reassured by our police that they are not just out to put us in jail?

Like I said cannabis never killed anyone, it never ruined lives, only the results of it's prohibition has caused that.

The question I have to ask is what motivated these Police Officers to lie to a judge, just to set someone up for a cannabis charge? What is motivating them to go so far to violating peoples civil liberties by invading their privacy, based simply on where they shopped?

I can only guess it is over pressure from your bosses to specifically target cannabis users so they can receive Federal Subsidies set aside for local law enforcement for quotas on cannabis arrests. How much is it up to now? A million bucks,... more?

Was it the thrill of taking someones home away from them, and all their other personal possessions so you can turn a quick buck on a sheriff's auction?

Cannabis has never killed anyone, but our law enforcement would have us believe that cannabis users are public enemy number one. Why else would they spend the majority of their time focusing on cannabis arrests?

Look at the big picture. Our own DEA, ILLEGALLY sold guns to drug cartels. The guns have been linked to over 200 murders. Including a Border Patrol Agent.

Our local law enforcement goes so far as to lying to judges, incarcerating people over a plant.

How are we supposed to be reassured by our police that they are not just out to put us in jail?

Like I said cannabis never killed anyone, it never ruined lives, only the results of it's prohibition has caused that.




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