Re: The failed war on weed
posted at 6/19/2013 1:59 PM EDT
In response to Sistersledge's comment:
I believe in decriminalizing marijuana, but cant buy into the idea that the prisons are full of young innocent first time users of pot. It is a myth.
....the total number of state inmates doing time for any drug offense with a prior conviction is 83 percent. Basically, the large majority committed crimes in the past and nearly two-thirds of them (62 percent) had multiple prior convictions.
First time drug offenders equals 3.6 percent of all state inmates.
• Offenses involving marijuana equals 2.7 percent of all state inmates.
• Prisoners held for marijuana only equals 1.6 percent of all state inmates.
• Prisoners held for marijuana possession only equals 0.7 percent of all state inmates.
• First time offenders held only for marijuana possession equals 0.3 percent of all state inmates.
"These clearly are not the numbers that the legalization movement is talking about when they say that there are 86.5 marijuana arrests every hour in this country. Yes, that may be a number that is real, but it is misleading. If someone steals a car and is arrested for that car theft and marijuana, I don’t believe it is fair to list that person as a casualty of the federal marijuana laws. You can’t solely point out just the drug arrest and omit that they have priors and may be on parole for other crimes. You can be sentenced just for marijuana but, as the numbers point out, only 0.3 percent of inmates are incarcerated for only that with no prior record. Many of 3.6 percent are individuals that were arrested for selling or trafficking very large amounts, not for their personal use.
I don’t believe that making marijuana legal will somehow free millions of marijuana smokers and unburden our legal system."