Friday, January 23, 2009
Mini bust in Hoover
The Birmingham Police Department busted a small grow operation yesterday in Hoover. A guy had what looks to be 60 very small plants and the paper and cops are acting like it is the bust of the damn century. I get so sick of the sensationalism around stories like this. There is a cop on the forums claiming marijuana will make you rob and steal. God, now I have heard it all.
IT'S JUST PLANTS. PLANTS THAT DO NOT, HAVE NOT, and NEVER WILL KILL ANYONE. The COPS do the majority of the killing associated with marijuana in those lovely no-knock, flash bang grenade, 3 a.m. SWAT raids. The laws do the rest of the killing.
Growing your own keeps the money out of the hands of criminal organizations. Its a method of harm/crime reduction.
With the failing economy we will see more and more people turning to this cash cow. Even a few cops will join in. The Great Depression was the largest determining factor in ending alcohol prohibition. I suspect when the empty ideology of the drug war comes face to face with our Great Depression prohibition will be over.
If anyone keeps up with Prison Commissioner Allen you would know that drug offenses are what is fueling our prison crisis. Over 30% of people in Alabama prisons are there for drug offenses. Every year arrests for simple possession of marijuana account for 50% of all drug arrests in the state. Yet there is marijuana everywhere. If the drug war were working this would not be the case.
Its time we legalized and taxed marijuana for adult use. The money collected in taxes could be used to fund schools (much like the taxes from alcohol sales are used to fund DHR), treatment for people addicted to hard drugs, state budgets, not to mention the mass of new jobs and industries that would be created. Why make it cost taxpayers money when it could be making money hand over fist to the betterment of us all?
The majority of the comments on the AL.com forum are positive. Most citizens recognize the folly of the drug war. We need to all come together and put an end to this madness. Go one over and leave your comments.