The "BIG O", SOFT ON POT !!!

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    And?

     
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    The country is going to pot...... badoom ching.

     
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    Not surprised, and personally I think Colorado has the right idea.  But when my wife admonishes me about the grandkids I have some second thoughts.

     
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    Glad to hear it.

    Only an idiot or an ideologue could try and argue that pot is more dangerous than alcohol or tobacco.

     

    Unfortunately, the cultural stigma against pot will remain for quite some time.  Meanwhile, the percentage of americans who have tried it will increase, and poor minorities will still be locked up for it disproportionately...

    ...as the "war on drugs" continues toward its big government goals unabated.

     

     
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    Glad to hear it.

    Only an idiot or an ideologue could try and argue that pot is more dangerous than alcohol or tobacco.

     

    Unfortunately, the cultural stigma against pot will remain for quite some time.  Meanwhile, the percentage of americans who have tried it will increase, and poor minorities will still be locked up for it disproportionately...

    ...as the "war on drugs" continues toward its big government goals unabated.

     



    Maybe those poor minorities shouldn't get caught with illegal substances. Just sayin.



    Simplistic to a fault.

    Even when caught, minorities are several times more likely to get jail time than whites are.

     

     
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    As a follow up to his stance, he should declare a general pardon for anyone sitting in jail for anything relating to small quantities of pot.

     
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    As a follow up to his stance, he should declare a general pardon for anyone sitting in jail for anything relating to small quantities of pot.



    Wouldn't the federal law need to change for that to happen? Whether you like it or not the law is the law. You can't pick and choose which ones you'd like enforced.

     



    I don't think so.  Pretty sure the president can pardon anyone he wants.

     

     
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    As a follow up to his stance, he should declare a general pardon for anyone sitting in jail for anything relating to small quantities of pot.



    Wouldn't the federal law need to change for that to happen? Whether you like it or not the law is the law. You can't pick and choose which ones you'd like enforced.

     



    I don't think so.  Pretty sure the president can pardon anyone he wants.

     



    Sure but it's usually not tens of thousands of people. So let's just get real eh.

     




    He should do it on the grounds of deficit reduction.  It costs a lot to keep a person locked up. 

    And which pot city do you like in the Super "Bowl"?  Denver or Seattle?

     
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    As a follow up to his stance, he should declare a general pardon for anyone sitting in jail for anything relating to small quantities of pot.



    Wouldn't the federal law need to change for that to happen? Whether you like it or not the law is the law. You can't pick and choose which ones you'd like enforced.

     



    I don't think so.  Pretty sure the president can pardon anyone he wants.

     



    Sure but it's usually not tens of thousands of people. So let's just get real eh.

     



    It's been done before.  Kennedy pardoned all first-time offenders convicted under the Narcotics Control Act.  Harding pardoned everybody convicted under the Sedition Act.

     

     
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    As a follow up to his stance, he should declare a general pardon for anyone sitting in jail for anything relating to small quantities of pot.

     



    Wouldn't the federal law need to change for that to happen? Whether you like it or not the law is the law. You can't pick and choose which ones you'd like enforced.

     

     



    I don't think so.  Pretty sure the president can pardon anyone he wants.

     



    Sure but it's usually not tens of thousands of people. So let's just get real eh.

     



    It's been done before.  Kennedy pardoned all first-time offenders convicted under the Narcotics Control Act.  Harding pardoned everybody convicted under the Sedition Act.

     



    How many were pardoned in each instance? Not tens of thousands I can assure you of that.



    No, not that many - 500 to 800.  But it's within his powers.  Andrew Johnson pardoned all confederate soldiers.  That was 7,000 when the population was 10% what it is now.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_pardoned_or_granted_clemency_by_the_President_of_the_United_States

     

     

     
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    I can't speak to whether or not it's in the President's power to pardon thousands of people convicted for simple possesion but I think that it would be a really good idea.

    Personally, I think that jail should be reserved for people that represent a threat to society. I hardly think that smoking pot rises to that level.

     

     
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    My question is whether his pardon power is restricted to federal crimes or does it include state and local statutes. I'm too lazy to look it up.

     

     
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