September 28, 2006

meth mouth vs. cotton mouth

getting stoned again,
just can't wait to get stoned again,
life i love is smoking doobies with my friends
and i can't wait to get stoned again
getting stoned again
like a band of hippies we toke down the highway
we're the best of friends
and someone keeps on yelling,
"hey, pass that joint my way, and my way"

did ya'll hear willie got busted again? a pound and a half of dope but only a misdemeanor ticket for his trouble. to add insult to injury, he had to be detained long enough to get a willie & lawdawg photo shoot going. hilarious.

the article is as liberal as anything you would expect to read in the austin chronicle. still, i think they have a valid point about the escalation of marijuana criminalization as compared to other crimes.

at cop school, i learned that they can take people to jail for possession of paraphenalia. that kind of surprised me. i also saw an episode of "COPS" where undercover officers sold nickel bags of marijuana to drive by drug addicts. once they found a buyer, they confiscated their car and took them to jail, for five dollars worth of dope. talk about putting a desperate man on the ropes.

i don't really have a point to this post other than to send you to an entertaining article about willie. that and to ask the same question the article asks, do you think possession of marijuana is a crime that should be an arrestable offense? are there amounts small enough to justify a ticket over a trip to the pokey (say for willie nelson, a pound and a half of bud and a big bag of shrooms?)

i personally have a hard time drawing comparisons between potheads and those i would consider serious criminals, enough to be jailed. what about you? wiggle room or zero tolerance, my few fine readers, where do you stand?

Posted by shoe at September 28, 2006 08:12 PM | TrackBack

I really think our drug laws are a disgrace and maybe um we should um think about maybe um taking a somewhat more rational approach to what um shouldn't be an irrational approach to um what is us perceived to be um what is um a societal um prop...

WTF was the question again?

Posted by: Denny at September 28, 2006 09:36 PM

marijuana... naturally occuring plant requiring no real processing. Should be legal. A person is allowed to destroy himself any way he sees fit so long as he harms no one else including taking my money to pay for his rehab or his food.

More than wiggle room here.

Posted by: RSM at September 29, 2006 03:31 AM

I'd like to see money for crime fighting spent elsewhere than arresting potheads...leave 'em be.

Posted by: Lisa W. at September 29, 2006 08:12 AM

Behead all of the patchouli-scented infidels!

Posted by: Al Zonkarr at September 29, 2006 10:50 AM

wiggle - room.

Posted by: oddybobo at September 29, 2006 03:39 PM

I think I'll cast my vote on the wiggle room side.

Posted by: Kelly at September 29, 2006 04:56 PM

Willie Nelson's public statement about being caught with a bag of Marijuana earlier this week:

"It's a good thing I had a bag of Marijuana instead of a bag of spinach. I'd be dead by now."

Posted by: Denny at September 29, 2006 09:45 PM

Unless you're buying me a six or twenty four pack, no wiggle room. Rules is rules.

Or something like that...

Can I get a twelve pack with that?

Posted by: That 1 Guy at September 30, 2006 12:06 AM

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Posted by: Alena at September 30, 2006 09:17 PM

Decriminalize it. Hell, beer and cigarettes are more of a "gateway drug" to crack and meth than pot ever was.

Posted by: El Capitan at September 30, 2006 09:48 PM

More than wiggle room for me too... Pot has never been *my* thing, but I do not see it as really harmful. No more so than marlboros and coors anyway....

Posted by: Richmond at September 30, 2006 09:50 PM

I don't particularly want to be hanging with the patchouli smelling hippy m-f'ing Jerry's (Garcia) Kids myself, but think that most if not ALL drugs should be de-criminalized. Is that actually a word? Anyway, Prohibition has never worked in this country and it is not working now either, other than to fuel a multi-billion dollar industry.

Posted by: Richard at October 3, 2006 07:25 PM

It's Willie Nelson that's the disgrace, not our drug laws. That pitiful reprobate druggy should have been quietly tucked away in prison long ago.

Posted by: Bob at October 4, 2006 03:56 PM

I've been on the record for years on this issue. It should be a matter of personal choice unless and until it infringes on someone's safety. Prohibition definitely doesn't work and has created a world wide organized crime network that makes a living off the obsence profits of the black market and that does endanger us. Addiction should be treated as a public health problem and not as a law enforcement issue. We'd have a better chance of solving addiction that way.

Marijuana in any event is one of the most benign substances anyone can use. It's a heck of lot safer than booze and cigarettes. The real crime is they spend tens of billions of our tax dollars chasing down and jailing people who are not a threat to society. And don't be fooled into thinking that only patchouli wearing hippies smoke it. Chances are someone you know and respect smokes it too, they just don't tell you about it.

Posted by: Libby at October 5, 2006 02:02 PM