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Forum Post: Will all the marijuana related prisoners in Colorado/Washington be set free?

Posted 7 years ago on Nov. 7, 2012, 4:26 a.m. EST by TrevorMnemonic (5827)
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I sure hope so.

There are millions of people in jail or prison in this country who have done no harm to anyone else.

Should people like Ben Harper be in jail?

Should people like Doug Benson be in jail?

Should the Beatles have gone to jail?

These drug laws are ridiculous. Not only can jail and prison take years from your free life, but it also ruins people's chances of getting jobs because of the "record."

The drug laws have been a great way to oppress people and have solved nothing they aim to solve. In fact... they have only created problems.

Here's to Washington and Colorado for progressing!



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[-] 2 points by nomdeguerre (1775) from Brooklyn, NY 7 years ago

The whole point of the drug war is to keep prices up. That is what they learned from prohibition.

The criminals pulling the strings couldn't care less about destroyed and blighted lives. Our fight is against evil.

[-] 1 points by freewriterguy (882) 7 years ago

if they wanted to end the drug war, just legalize them, a.k.a. government quit telling free men what to do. Darwinism will take over, If people want to fry their brains, its there choice, Hell I wouldnt mind being the smartest person on the planet. ( I have reason to believe this is already manifesting)

[-] 1 points by Karlin (350) from Nelson, BC 7 years ago

Is it true that you cannot VOTE if you have been busted [or just if you have a prison record?]

If so, it is amazing that voters managed to get this done!!

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 7 years ago

Here it differs by state.

[-] 1 points by Karlin (350) from Nelson, BC 7 years ago

Thanks for the hint... I guess I could have done my own Google.. but NOW I looked it up - Felons who have been released can vote in Washington and Colorado, with a few conditions, some paperwork.... but easier than in a lot of States

Maybe it made a difference.

[-] 1 points by sufinaga (513) 7 years ago

i have loved marijuana to excess for 45 years! the real issue is the right/freedom to assemble and smoke/vaporize marijuana TOGETHER. marijuana is brain food; it is our holy communion! the INTENT of stop and frisk is to break up our community, and steal our weed! the elite want to stop us thinking and REASONING TOGETHER and becoming an effective political force against their tyranny. mass civil disobedience will defeat the tyranny of the feds! the legalization of marijuana is the real battleground between the 99% and the 1%

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 7 years ago

They should be. But this great change does not rescind the past convictions.

We must protest governors & the Pres (for fed conviction) for mass pardons.

And of course this is only 2 states. We must protest the Fed govt for legalization at the Fed level

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

Growers sellers and users of pot should be set free ( as long as marijuana was their only crime ) and helped where ever possible into legal ( now ) operations. Hemp can be a huge green market/economy builder.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

BTW - BAN Monsanto - we don't need no stinkin frankenhemp

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 7 years ago

You gotta have a plan for any more people you release into the public sphere. There's already over 30 million Americans unemployed.

How's about you get them all on the job of growing the biggest crop of hemp ever seen in the history of mankind, and seeing how much fuel oil you can get from it.

Would be the greatest social experiment of all time. And who cares if they grow a few stoner crops on the side? As long as the oil keeps flowing, and this time, we don't have to send troops overseas to do it.

[-] 0 points by Brython (-146) 7 years ago

That is the plan, yes. The doors open on January 1st. Only to potters, though. Should we bring a key?

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 7 years ago

I hate to point this out but there is a difference between prison and jail. You actually have to work to get to prison.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 7 years ago

Like growing and selling a plant. People get prison for that.

[-] 1 points by Ache4Change (3340) 7 years ago

The Incarceration Industry, prison-industrial-complex won't be happy with these developments so...GOOD! They try to criminalise our sacrements! Thank you for another brilliant post here.

[-] 0 points by GirlFriday (17435) 7 years ago

Trev, in most cases there are actually prior convictions that lead to prison. Many times when people are collecting stats they fail to include other cases that are moving through the system. They admit this is a flaw in the way they collect. You will see a change in incoming cases and pending cases-there won't be any. This means that it will effect your jails.