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Subject: Re: Libertarians Do Not=Tea Partiers Date: 10/30/2013 12:20 PM
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I think it's because there are actually people in prison for distributing pot. A contractor who worked on my house spent a year in prison, leaving a wife and three middle school aged children to fend for themselves, because he was convicted of dealing pot. Pathetic.

I can't get too worked up about that. In order to go to prison for pot you'd have to be dealing a LOT of pot or have one hell of a prior record. They clearly knew they were engaged in a highly illegal criminal enterprise on an impressive scale... that's just plain unethical behavior. The court/legal system didn't leave that guys' wife and kids high and dry (no pun intended), HE did. That, and if the only way he could make ends meet was to deal drugs on the side he must have been a crappy contractor.

See, the problem is I just can't generate ANY sympathy for guys like that. He was at best massively stupid, at worst massively corrupt with evil intent. Some of these guys are downright dangerous individuals (it isn't all hippies running pot operations... there are some seriously violent dudes in many such rings).

I just don't understand why'd they'd take that risk knowing full well that if they're caught they'll lose everything... for a stupid plant or a cheap high? Where's the anger towards HIM for being so stupid? Is selling pot all he was good at and good for? If so that's, again, pretty pathetic.

I'm not saying the state should be able to seize everything over pot, that's clearly just an excuse to make revenue off of something they can't tax. I get that part. But... is it REALLY worth the hassle? It isn't like guns which are a vital self-defense tool, or free speech which is vitally important or even privacy concerns (which are often overblown IMHO but not always). But... pot? No, I'm NOT going to rise up against the powers that be for pot. Never gonna happen. Nobody rotting in prison over pot will have me marching to Washington over their plight. They're just idiots not worth my time. Show me an actual injustice, then we can talk.
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