Smoke pot?

ACLU says blacks who use marijuana four times more likely to be arrested for it than whites who do. Tell us what you think.
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Jun 5, 2013

 

A report released by the American Civil Liberties Union says blacks who use marijuana are nearly four times more likely to be arrested than whites who smoke pot. 

Click here to read the report, which highlights the following areas of concern:

OVER-POLICING

Between 2001 and 2010, there were over 8 million pot arrests in the U.S. That’s one bust every 37 seconds and hundreds of thousands ensnared in the criminal justice system.

WASTED TIME AND MONEY
Enforcing marijuana laws costs us about $3.6 billion a year, yet the War on Marijuana has failed to diminish the use or availability of marijuana.

STAGGERING RACIAL BIAS
Marijuana use is roughly equal among Blacks and whites, yet Blacks are 3.73 times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession.

Get the report, The War on Marijuana in Black and White, and tell us what you think by commenting below. 

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Comments

luvblues2

Screw your racism posts just tryin' to stir crap in a pee pot comments. Leave it be. There is no call for this.

And yes, marijuana should be legal. That's a no brainer.

S w Rand 2016

Senator Rand Paul has also spoken about this very topic --- that minorities are disproportionately affected by the drug war. And that getting rid of federal mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders would be a huge help in changing this.
He also made the point that Bush Jr. and Obama were given a pass on their previous drug issues and they went on to become president. And that they wouldn't have been able to become president if they were subject to federal mandatory minimums.

The senator is not suggesting that we legalize drugs. He is, however, suggesting that we should think about how much taxpayer money we are willing to spend on housing and feeding non-violent drug offenders. And how much of it is even helping, if at all.
I believe he falls into the camp of those who wish to change the law so that you can only be charged with a drug offense as an additional charge to some other crime. Example: You could be charged with a drug violation in addition to driving under the influence but you could not be charged solely for being intoxicated.

I may edit this later with more info (I just wanted first comment on this one :)

Contango

Re: "Bush Jr. and Obama were given a pass on their previous drug issues,"

Historic day: SOTU 1995

Gingrich, Gore & Clinton - all admitted pot users on the dais together.

Really are you ...

Clinton smoked marijuana, but he didn't inhale.

Contango

Re: "Clinton smoked marijuana, but he didn't inhale."

LOL

1. Ain't physically possible.

2. And we know that Mr. Clinton ALWAYS told the truth. :)

Rumors of cocaine use also - see brother Roger.

shucks

George Bush was an alcoholic, smoked dope , did cocaine, and lied.
Now what?

Contango

Kinda like President "Choom Gang" huh?

shucks

You kinda identify with G.W., huh?

shucks

i·den·ti·fy
2.consider as same: to consider two or more things as being entirely or essentially the same.

Centauri

http://theweek.com/article/index...
"While Obama was attending Occidental College in Los Angeles, a freshman drank too much and threw up all over a couch in the future president's dorm hall. "In the manner of pallbearers hoisting a coffin," Obama and his dormmates carried the couch outside — drunk freshman asleep on it — to dry. According to Maraniss, Obama's dorm also sponsored what were called the Annex Olympics; events included wrestling in underwear, lighting farts on fire, and smoking pot from a three-foot crimson bong."

shucks

And soooo? Are you the perfect little mama's boy?

The Big Dog's back

Rand is like ted nugent, naturally screwed up. They don't need drugs.

Contango

“I was thinking more like a registered maroon.”

- The Big Dog's back, 6/2/13

Says it ALL. :)

Contango

During Prohibition, the manufacturing and transporting of alcohol could result in arrest. The mere drinking of alcohol usually did not.

The arrest and conviction of ANY drug user is an expensive waste of time and money for our judicial system.

Like Portugal, usage should be handled as a medical issue, not as a civil or criminal one.

To paraphrase Peter Tosh: Decriminalize it.

http://www.cato.org/publications...

WiseManOnceSaid

Couldn't agree more. Follow Portugal's lead on this issue. Legalize it to get rid of a black market. Treat addiction as a medical issue not a crime. Sooner or later we need to learn that we will not win a war on drugs no matter how much money or DEA you throw at it.

tired of stupidy

they start with grass as a escape from the real world then progress to something else then they start smoking there sssht and driving and end up killing loved ones and they live it should be a federal offence

happyfeet64

IDK- I'd want to check the facts on pot smoking and driving/vehicular homicide. When I smoked, all I ever wanted to do was sit on the couch,watch cartoons with the sound off and music on and go to the kitchen!LOL

WiseManOnceSaid

By that slippery slop argument doesn't it start with alcohol and tobacco. Most people try those "substances" before drugs.

SamAdams

Not true. The study that "proved" marijuana is a so-called "gateway drug" used inappropriate methodology and analysis. Using the IDENTICAL technique, I could "prove" that going to church causes you to commit murder, or that eating whole wheat bread gives you cancer. Here's how it works:

Go and interview a bunch of convicted murderers. Ask them all if they've ever gone to church. The vast majority will say they have. See? Going to church makes it more likely you'll commit murder!

Go and interview a bunch of people undergoing cancer treatment. Ask them all if they've ever eaten whole wheat bread. Since most have, you can conclude eating whole wheat bread causes cancer, right?

Here's how that "marijuana is a gateway drug" study was conducted:

The researchers went to a bunch of drug users. They asked each of them, "Have you ever smoked marijuana?" Unsurprisingly, most said that they had. SEE how that works? What they SHOULD have done was follow a good-sized sample population that smoked marijuana and followed up for YEARS to see if any of them "graduated" to heroin. But gosh, those conclusions might be valid, and oh, my, that'd be too much work!

nonconformist

You could not be more misinformed. If you ask me, alcohol is the gateway drug from h@ll. At least when people smoke, you are still in control of your thoughts and actions. It has extensive medical benefits, a more "green" way of making paper and other products, and it actually increases thought processes (not destroy them like alcohol and other chemical drugs). But leave it to the government to legalize a substance that is killing people, addicting people (you can throw cigarettes in there too) and make millions off of it. The healthcare industry and the criminal courts make too much money off of alcohol to make pot legal. Of course, CA, CO, and WA are beginning to see how economically beneficial it can really be.

SHAN271

What about alcohol??? There are more casualties in this country from people drinking and driving rather than smoking and driving. If anything should be banned it should be the use or limit of alcohol one should be able to purchase. Of course, there are the people that do stupid things but really weed being the fault of it??? I say legalize it, weed is used not only as a recreation but has been used to help and treat all different kinds of diseases.

grandmasgirl

Smoking pot or drinking alcohol is your choice. However, if it is illegal, then it is a crime. Many people have had to change their lifestyle or go on without a loved one because someone chose to drive and drink. People have had their homes broken into or their lives taken because you HAD to do drugs and couldn't support your habit with a job. When you make something your priority you will find a way to get it.

Nemesis

What's your point?

grandmasgirl

My point is that all vices are choices made by a person. Be it drugs, drink, morals, etc. When you make that choice you not only make it for yourself, but for your family, friends, or the innocent person who gets in your way. I know the story is about more blacks being arrested than white's, but no matter the color, if you do it, be responsible for it. I hope you understand this post, but if you don't,,,,that's ok.

nonconformist

You are correct that people make choices. However, I can't agree that our choices affect every person around us. Alcohol, drugs, sex, whatever your poison, are fine taken in moderation. Sorry but weed isn't hurting anybody. And, going off of your comments, even if someone is smoking it up day in and day out (which I would never suggest), the worst they are doing is NOTHING. Literally. They aren't out driving around town, beating up their girlfriends, or harming innocent people.

grandmasgirl

I think we both agree. However, what I am saying is that pot is illegal. Just like driving 90 miles an hour. Just because you can do it, doesn't make it right. If you get caught, then you have to pay. Some of my best friends have smoked pot. BUT, I still contend that every decision you make affects the people who care for you.If my child got arrested because of smoking pot, then I would be hurt. If my child was killed or hurt because someone chose to drive drunk, that would affect me. Hope you understand what I am saying.

JMOP

Could be because they had pot on them while getting busted for another crime? Just a thought

Nemesis

BINGO - or it could be they have more encounters with police.

Julie R.

I believe it. I'm not black but I personally think blacks get harsher sentences than whites do for similar crimes.

dire wolf

on what basis do you make that assumption? i'm not saying you are right or wrong, i just don't understand how you can assume that.

Julie R.

I assume nothing --- it's a matter of public record fact. One perfect case in standing is the one against that black lady Krista Harris in comparison to flat-out crimes committed by attorneys and people from Huron.

TboneWalkerJr

Sorry RACIST but is NOT A MATTER OF "public record fact"

If you bothered to do any research before stating your made up "fact" you would know that the FBI/DOJ keeps the most detailed and accurate records on criminal justice in America

They also have a report on guess what? SENTENCING and CONVICTION RATES

It is a MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD FACT that BLACKS ARE NOT CONVICTED AT HIGHER RATES for the same VIOLENT crimes as WHITES and do NOT GET STIFFER SENTENCES

It is easy to tell who is deluded, lying and ignorant when someone makes population inferences from a SINGLE CASE.

In fact for SOME CRIMES, WHITES ARE CONVICTED AT HIGHER RATES THAN BLACKS, in particular VIOLENT arson, which is arson causing injury

Just to be perfectly clear for the mathematically IGNORANT, for those who might choose to investigate CONVICTION RATES

Suppose there are 5,000 trials are examined for a certain crime.

Of those, there is a conviction rate of 78.3% for whites and 78.8% for blacks.

Ignorant liberals who jump up and down screaming that is "PROOF" of a racist justice system.

There is something called STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE.

It means that if the two numbers are .5 % apart, there is almost certainly NO STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE between the two numbers.

Unlike SOME PEOPLE WHO MAKE UP "FACTS, here is the SOURCE TO EXAMINE CONVICTION RATES BY RACE:

FBI DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics
http://www.bjs.gov/

Julie R.

In Erie County alone .......

A BLACK lady, Krista Harris, was given a harsh prison sentence of 5 years w/no early release on multiple charges that she stole from her elderly aunt even after the aunt's doctor testified that the POA Harris used to transfer monies out of her aunt's bank account was prepared years back when the aunt was still competent --- in other words, the POA was legal.

In comparison, the WHITE employee from the Erie County treasurer's office that stole $150K of taxpayer monies was only charged with one count of theft and only given 2 years --- and she didn't even have to serve that.

And then there was the WHITE employee from Huron's Key Bank that stole almost half a million over a 5-year period. She, too, was only charged with one count of theft and all she got was 2 years.

You're also forgetting that your corrupt Erie County courts can refuse to address crimes committed by WHITE people, including crimes committed by their WHITE attorney friends and WHITE dirt-bags from financial institutions no matter how much proof is shown.

So wouldn't you say the records that say black people commit more crimes than white people are NOT accurate?

The Answer Person

Why do you feel the need to use a "funny" white guy photo to accompany this article? Why don't you show some of the local users who can't hold a job for more than a day and are so screwed up that they can't function socially? Black or white doesn't matter. Their lives are OVER.

doratheexplorer

Legalize it

Centauri

The drug laws were enacted by racists to target minorities. The racist American courts from the US Supreme Court to the local courts allowed severe sentences for drug use by minorities and a slap on the hand for whites.

Having read past comments here on sanduskyregister.com proves to me that people in general have been brain washed by those in authority and the news media. Find out the truth about medical cannabis, cannabis, agricultural hemp and drugs in general. I could provide links to thousands of truthful facts and the lies about cannabis, agricultural hemp and drugs in general. But the brain washed and narrow minded collective society will refuse to read about the truth and lies. This collective society hasn't changed much since the Salem witch hunts and trials of the 1600s.

Why were sentences for crack cocaine 100 times more severe than for powder cocaine? Because blacks used crack cocaine and the courts will punish blacks to the fullest penalties of the racist laws on the books.

http://www.drugpolicy.org/race-a...
"Although rates of drug use and selling are comparable across racial lines, people of color are far more likely to be stopped, searched, arrested, prosecuted, convicted and incarcerated for drug law violations than are whites. Higher arrest and incarceration rates for African Americans and Latinos are not reflective of increased prevalence of drug use or sales in these communities, but rather of a law enforcement focus on urban areas, on lower-income communities and on communities of color as well as inequitable treatment by the criminal justice system. We believe that the mass criminalization of people of color, particularly young African American men, is as profound a system of racial control as the Jim Crow laws were in this country until the mid-1960s."

Contango

Re: "The drug laws were enacted by racists to target minorities."

Absolutely.

As long as the drug problem remained in the "colored neighborhoods," the authorities didn't care.

As soon as WASP kids discovered it - watch out!

Nixon's "Operation Intercept":

"Well you know about Uncle Sam’s Operation Intercept? They hung up a half a million tourists for about a week or so and then they scored three joints. Big deal!"

- John Kay, "Don't Step on the Grass Sam," "Steppenwolf Live"

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1...

TboneWalkerJr

Cotango and Centauri peddling RACIST HATRED AGAINST WHITES with REGISTER and MODERATOR APPROVAL

TboneWalkerJr

Interesting how MODERATORS ALLOW RACIST ATTACKS AGAINST WHITES but delete posts with the most distant stretch of an imagined implication of a possibly racist statement against BLACKS.

FYI, MODERATORS, RACISM AGAINST WHITES IS STILL RACIST even if liberal white-hating bigots think we DESERVE it for things none of us alive today had anything to do with; SLAVERY for example

excel

"Between 2001 and 2010, there were over 8 million pot arrests in the U.S. That’s one bust every 37 seconds and hundreds of thousands ensnared in the criminal justice system." And you wonder why we're always paranoid.

happyfeet64

On a serious note, I have to say that this subject has been brought up before under different incarnations(coke vs crack sentencing) and it is a reality. Driving Black is a reality because unfortunately there are too many who naturally assume that if you're Black you are doing something illegal. This has been reflected in many,many posts even on here. Then, you go to the court system and this attitude is reflected there also.It has been ingrained in our society that certain ethnic groups represent certain negative confrontations in our psyche and unless one realizes this and attempts to change this particular way of thinking, then it will continue.Example "suspectblackmale who was recently posting on here with his"statistics". I am not and never will feed into any ethnic groups "poor pitiful me" diatribe,whether you are Black,White,Hispanic or Asian to excuse my behavior NOW because of past issues that have occurred. I believe that we as a individual make our lives and choices,negative or positive, and as such should have a sense of personal responsibility.Just saying.

TboneWalkerJr

Those FACTS are not "my" statistics but come from the FBI/DOJ which gathers criminal justice system data from every corner of America

Amazing how people will dismiss FACTS that don't JIVE with their imaginary fairy tale world

If YOU have a problem with the FACTS posted, HERE IS THE SOURCE, take it up with them

FBI DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics
http://www.bjs.gov/

Centauri

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ju...
"The racial fallout from our drug laws has persevered. In her article, The Discrimination Inherent in America's Drug War, Kathleen R. Sandy reported in 2003 that black Americans then constituted approximately 12 percent of our country's population and 13 percent of drug users. Nevertheless, they accounted for 33 percent of all drug-related arrests, 62 percent of drug-related convictions and 70 percent of drug-related incarcerations."

TboneWalkerJr

That 12% also accounts for 50% of convicted MURDERERS and 50% of VIOLENT OFFENDERS in prison. So maybe that ALLEGED discrimination is not discrimination at all but merely a certain portion of the population committing way too much crime all by themselves and getting caught for it

Or perhaps someone would care to explain how laws against murder and violent crime are inherently discriminatory.

FYI, before anyone tries to play that card consider this. 90% of violent crime or murder committed BY blacks is AGAINST fellow blacks. If police were being discriminatory they would NOT be pursuing violent crimes against blacks.

Those numbers are so high in SPITE OF the well-known proclivity of the black communities to refuse to cooperate or testify in cases of black on black crime

The Big Dog's back

Another insightful comment by bonehead.

Contango

“Another insightful comment by bonehead.” - the Big Dog’s back, 6/5/13

Writing about yourself eh?

Thanks for the new quote. :)

Pastor Ron

Any night of the week you can walk the halls of the Chesapeake Lofts and smell weed coming out of at least 10 of the units. No doubt there are more drugs in there than there is out on Pioneer Trail. Clearly there are advantages to being well off and being poor and black.

Darwin's choice

"Choom Gang"

shucks

I'll bet you smoke or have smoked.

Darwin's choice

Sorry, you lose.....again!

shucks

( I'm supposed to believe you?) you must be on some kind of drug.

dire wolf

I'm guessing some reasons for this could be..a) blacks commit crimes/get arrested 3.73 times more than whites, b) blacks have pot in their possession 3.73 times more than whites(while commiting crimes)...I could go on and on but this whole story is wrong and just promotes racist comments. Let's just legalize it as weed is no more harmful (actually it can be helpful in some cases) than most prescription drugs dealt out by doctors today, then tax it and watch the national deficit dwindle faster than any idea your politicians has ever come up with.

Centauri

"Choom Gang"

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/poli...
"In his 1995 memoir “Dreams from My Father,” Obama writes about smoking pot almost like Dr. Seuss wrote about eating green eggs and ham. As a high school kid, Obama wrote, he would smoke “in a white classmate’s sparkling new van,” he would smoke “in the dorm room of some brother” and he would smoke “on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids.”

He would smoke it here and there. He would smoke it anywhere."

There is use and abuse. It appears that Obama abused marijuana to get high.

shucks

You don't abuse dope when you smoke it in your room, right?

Centauri

I look forward to reading master herbalist Mary Colvin's blog and uses for various plants and herbs. I have read about synthetic marijuana which uses various herbs as a base and then is sprayed with harmful chemicals. I will come back to this later but I have read that many of the legal plants and herbs used as a base for synthetic marijuana are being banned in certain states. Does this make sense? Also some other herbs are being banned that promote sleep and relief from stress. Big Pharma wants you to use their harmful drugs with no competition from natural plants one can grow in the garden or dried herbs available from health food stores.

Contango

IMO, in CO, it'll be increasingly difficult to determined the "store bought" (taxed) weed, from the home grown (untaxed & underground).

As the seeds become available - the jin will be outa the bottle.

They ain't gonna collect as many tax dollars as they think!

Should be fun to watch the bureaucrats chase their tails.

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Like in IL, where cigs are heavily taxed. Numerous cig stores on the border in lower taxed IN.

Authorities watch and wait on the IL side attempting to catch the large purchasers.

States bordering CO, should have fun trying to apprehend the "importers."

lugnut2511

Anytime ACLU is mentioned it's always a discrimination thing..Whites are being more discriminated than the blacks and Mexicans..

WhatTheHeck

Amen brother!

OokyFanooky

I bet that half, if not more of you people posting on here have never smoked weed before. I do and I have had the same job for the last 15 years and it is a great job. To say that all pot users are worthless, jobless pieces of crap is just ignorant. I smoke it recreationally just as I do with alchohol and let me tell you, being drunk on alchohol alters your mind way more than being stoned.

nonconformist

Exactly! Ignorance is bliss they say...

eriemom

First let me make clear that I do not smoke pot. I have a question that I would like answered. Yes I know that I can learn the answer myself.

If a young adult is arrested and charged with pot possession, does that show up on a criminal records check?

Centauri

"If a young adult is arrested and charged with pot possession, does that show up on a criminal records check?"

Yep, it will show up unless the record is expunged (sealed) but the FBI and Ohio BCI has access to sealed records. Young people make mistakes in life and those youthful pay for those mistakes for the rest of their lives. The powerful elite and powers that be can make sealed records disappear so no record exists.

Blues

Of course it does. Why would it not?

Unassumer

I think they should just say what they mean-that blacks are arrested more for being black than any other race.

TboneWalkerJr

And BLACKS are SEVEN TIMES more likely to commit MURDER than whites.

that is NOT RACISM or RACIST but a DIRECT QUOTE from the FBI/DOJ Report on Homicide Trends in the United States.

The math is as follows: Blacks are just 12% of the US population but commit 50% of the murders in the US. Non-Hispanic whites are 65% of the US population and commit about 25% of the MURDERS in the US.

I suppose that is due to racist police racistly (?) enforcing laws against murder by targeting only black murderers and leaving whites to commit murder freely?

santown419

Changed your name but using the same quote. You use a 2 year old stat that also say that whites commited 48% percent of murders. If you are going to keep using this put the whole thing up not just the ones about minorities

TboneWalkerJr

OMG THE MORONS ARE OUT IN FORCE.

NO, whites did NOT commit 48% of murders WAY BACK TWO YEARS AGO

Guess what SKIPPY, 2012 stats are NOT AVAIALABLE YET FROM THE DOJ

If you think that between 2011 and NOW blacks stopped committing violent crimes, PROVE IT

SKIPPY here claims that I am HIDING SOMETHING because "whites" committed 48% of murders

TRY TO FOLLOW

BLACKS committed 50% of the MURDERS in 2011
WHITES committed 48% of the murders in 2011??

HELLO? something missing there? Even if that was all there was to the story, BLACKS are 12% of the US population. that is HARDLY EQUAL likelihood to commit MURDER

That 48% WHITES number? It includes all HISPANICS!!! The government lists HISPANIC as an ETHNICITY not RACE

Here is the REAL BREAKDOWN OF MURDER OFFENDERS IN 2011~! remember WAAAAAY BACK IN 2011? Gas was $3.50 a gallon, Obama was president, we still had troops in Afghanistan, China was computer hacking our country

WAY BACK IN 2011 !! TWO WHOLE YEARS AGO!!

MURDER OFFENDERS IN 2011

BLACKS 50% (12% of the US population)
Hispanic-whites - 25% (18% of the population)
NON-HISPANIC WHITES - 20% (65% of the population)

THERE IT IS FOR THE IGNORANT WHITE-HATERS who somehow think 12% of the population committing 50% of the MURDERS is OK

GO FIGURE

SOURCES, including the figures for WHITES

FBI DOJ report on Homicide Trends in the United States

http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=...

FBI DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics

http://www.bjs.gov/

TboneWalkerJr

My apologies SANTOWN419, I assumed that everyone had basic grade school math skills.

I will try to break it down to a simpler level for you

Suppose there are 8 people dressed up as clowns

one evil brown clown
seven white clowns

5 people in the audience are squirted in the face by white clowns
5 people in the audience are squirted in the face by the one black clown

Now they are all lined up and you have to go stand in front of one but you do NOT want to get squirted in the face

Which one do you stand in front of? Now, knowing what we know about you, you will likely stand in front of the evil brown clown so as not to be labeled as someone who doesn't like evil brown clowns

Now imagine instead of a seltzer water bottle, each has a 9 mm handgun loaded with hollow points?

Are you still going to stand in front of the evil brown clown to prove your sensitivity and liberality?

Or will you put your life first but be labeled an evilbrownclownist?

GET IT NOW?

Are you going to stand in front of one of the white clowns?
or the evil brown clown

Which one is more likely to squirt you in the face?

eriemom

@ Tbone: Kind of off topic. An article about pot really has nothing to do with race, ethnicity, or murder. That is unless you believe that pot smoking causes people to murder.

Unassumer

I agree with Ooky. People that think others' lives are over because they do drugs have probably never done any drugs and don't really have a clue. They read stuff and believe it. Smoking pot does not lead to harder drug use despite what some would have you believe. It is better to be high on pot than drunk especially if you plan to drive. I don't do drugs anymore but have in the past. My life is not over. I still have plenty of life and a good one at that. I'm white and haven't been arrested yet so maybe I will go ahead and light one up.

Swiftshot

It all goes back to the fact that the black population is significantly smaller than the white community but they are more likely to commit a crime. Demographics and the economy plays a roll in crime rates. If it is a known fact that black communities especially in a poor community that a crime is more likely to be committed, the police are surely going to patrol more in that area. Therefore more arrests of blacks. drugs tend to provoke violent crime. This article seems to spark more racial issue in the community. I'm not too sure if it was a good idea. I would like to know the facts on abuse of prescription drugs. Are whites more likely to traffic them?

bella39

Don't Worry Be Happy!!..{In my Bob Marley voice}....LOL! I wonder what the crime rate is in Jamaica?..LOL!!!!!

TboneWalkerJr

OKO

Contango

4shizzle writes:

"You kinda identify with G.W., huh?"

"You kinda,"? Lousy grammar.

Better than some Presidents, worse than others - depends.

You tend to identify with President Clinton and are in a slobbering love affair with President Obama, huh? :)

shucks

You have gotten crazier.
"FORWARD DEWARS"

Contango

4shizzle writes:

"i·den·ti·fy

2.consider as same: to consider two or more things as being entirely or essentially the same."

Glad that you looked it up and 'perhaps' learned something. :)

shucks

You have gotten crazier.
"FORWARD DEWARS"

CAST THE FIRST STONE

good job register. nice race baiting and all the fish took it

TboneWalkerJr

Mostly just a few WHITE-HATING RACISTS with screen names starting with "C" here

Interstingly enough the REGISTER and MODERATORS give a WIDE OPEN FREE PASS to those POSTING RACIST TRASH AGAINST WHITES

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thinkagain

You know you’re a pothead when you can count your number of firing neurons on one hand.

Centauri

http://marijuana-arrests.com/US-...
"Infamously, America’s federally created Cannabis Prohibition marks its seventy-fifth anniversary this August 2, 2012. The so-called ‘great failed social experiment’ of Alcohol Prohibition of the 1920s barely lasted a dozen years in effect. Rightly, it took a constitutional amendment to both ban and restore alcohol products to the free market. Is there a similar constitutional amendment for cannabis products in 1937?"

"In both New York and Chicago, while whites, blacks and Latinos possess and use marijuana at roughly equal rates, the people arrested for possession of pot are overwhelmingly black and Latino."

CAST THE FIRST STONE

so what are you saying cent. That police see white people and let them go but arrest black and latino. Or are you saying that there is more crime with black and latino and that is why ?

Centauri

Read the stories about the black victims of so called Ohio justice while whites get a second chance.
http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/...

TboneWalkerJr

READ the FBI/DOJ report on CONVICTION RATES which PROVES THAT BLACKS DO NOT HAVE HIGHER CONVICTION RATES FOR CRIMES THAN WHITES

IN fact even blatant white-hating racists are allowed to read the reports if they have the guts, which they don't

RIGHT, C-guys?

FBI DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics
http://www.bjs.gov/

TboneWalkerJr

That is exactly what the RACIST CENTAURI is saying with REGISTER and MODERATOR APPROVAL for his RACIST WHITE-HATING DIATRIBES

Centauri

I am white with blue eyes.

TboneWalkerJr

BLACKS and LATINOS are FAR MORE LIKELY TO BE INVOLVED IN VIOLENT CRIMES and therefore far more likely to be arrested. When they have drugs on them, it PROVES EXACTLY WHY there are higher drug arrest rates

All the FACTS, SOURCED FACTS are there for everyone to read, PAID FOR BY TAXPAYER DOLLARS so GET YOUR FILL and CURE YOUR NARROW MINDS OF THE RACIST WHITE-HATER LIES

FBI DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics
http://www.bjs.gov/

Centauri

http://www.cleveland.com/rule-29...
"A nine-month investigation by The Plain Dealer has revealed Mason’s office has pursued criminal charges against hundreds of people over the past decade despite having little or no evidence against them."

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/...
"In Cuyahoga County, you're much more likely to get a plea deal if you're white"

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/...
"If you're arrested for drugs, you're more likely to get a second chance if you're white"

TboneWalkerJr

Sorry RACIST CENTAURI but CLEVELAND is not the UNITED STATES, you might want to look at a map occasionally

FACT - THERE IS NO STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CONVICTION RATES OF WHITES AND BLACKS

That is a LIE made up by WHITE-HATING RACISTS and endorsed by the liberal media and OBAMA administration

SOURCE FOR ALL TO SEE except cowardly RACIST WHITE-HATERS

FBI DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics
http://www.bjs.gov/

eriemom

You are missing an important point. The national statistics that you are discussing do not consider where various people of color live.

Think about it this way. What do you think the proportion of murders by race would be in Milan, Ohio? You could statistically say that whites murder more than blacks.

CAST THE FIRST STONE

But how do you know if someone just got caught with some on their person or if they were caught doing a crime or dealing. You can make the numbers anyway you want

eriemom

Or pulled over for a tail light being out.

Centauri

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/20...
"An African-American convicted of a low-level drug crime in Cook County is eight times more likely than his white counterpart to face prison time for it, according to a new report released yesterday.

The report, published by the Disproportionate Justice Impact Study Commission, analyzed arrest data from 2005, the most recent year that complete data is available. It was commissioned by the General Assembly in 2008 to research the notion that minorities -- and particularly young black men in inner cities -- were disproportionately subjected to drug arrests, prosecution and sentencing."

Centauri

http://www.americanprogress.org/...
"The Top 10 Most Startling Facts About People of Color and Criminal Justice in the United States

A Look at the Racial Disparities Inherent in Our Nation’s Criminal-Justice System"

CAST THE FIRST STONE

i read your whoa is me stats and by the looks of it they seem to be mostly black on black crimes. By telling the story your way there is no hope for the future. You take no blame and blame everyone else. step up and say i have to be part of the change

CAST THE FIRST STONE

End of story people that have drugs on them and are doing something stupid to get caught it does not matter what color they are. When i was younger and experimenting we never got caught because the only thing we were doing was smoking funky cigs. We were afraid to get caught so we did not screw up our future. Maybe the people getting caught do not care about their future

nonconformist

Can we just legalize it? Then we wouldn't have to worry about racist or not. Problem solved. You're welcome.

Blues

This article was just intended to stir racial relations. It REALLY has nothing to do with marijuana.

Considering all the previous comments, it's obviously done what was intended.

MOJO68

I have to agree with Morgan Freeman. He says that racial issues will only stop when everyone stops talking about them. He is so right and this is just another example of how the ACLU is one organization that keeps things stirred up. It's ridiculous. Most pot smokers are too laid back to do anything that would get them arrested. If you have ever been near one, you know what I mean. They are too busy eating and satisfying their "munchies" to care much about crime.

If the Feds could find a way to TAX drugs you could buy them at the grocery store and they wouldn't be deemed "bad" for you. Believe me the war on drugs would stop tomorrow if they could control their release. Anyone who thinks the government cares about your health and what drugs do to you needs to see a shrink. They only care about control, distribution methods and the money they can make from same.

I've seen it for myself in California. As for the blacks getting busted more than the whites....they probably do, because the whites tend to hide the usage a little better....which probably isn't mentioned in their data at all. Just my opinion, but I am stuck with it.

Contango

"Twenty-six states have taken steps toward legalization,"

"Should Pot Be Legal?" - Article in the 6/1/13 edition of Barron's.

http://online.barrons.com/articl...

(Copy and paste the title into Google Search to get past the filters.)

Truth or Dare

Google much? If so, punch in Independent Lens' Documentary; The House I Live In, as well American Drug War - The Last White Hope, oh, and America's Drug War- Profiteering Prison Industrial Complex. Watch with open eyes, listen with an open, unaltered, unbiased mind, and learn! Our govt. facilitates the trafficking, only to turn around and incarcerate millions of non-violent offenders, all the while the BIG BOYS are ignored and the Banks are laundering the $$$$$!

The poor and minorities are targeted, and have been for decades. Money controls this and the major contributors are the Tobacco and Alcohol Companies. 40 Million was spent lobbying for U.S. Prisons to become Private! You dabble on Wallstreet, have some shares and trade with GEO GROUP, Inc.? You and others profit off of the BILLION $$$$ Industry disguised as America's War on Drugs!

KURTje

You make a good point Truther. Check Freeway Ricky Ross. Interesting.

Julie R.

The public officials in Erie County sure are racist. Or maybe I should say you can bet the public officials in Erie County have never done any illegal favors for black people like they do whites.

Blues

Jules, you have some serious obsessive-compulsive disorder goin' on. Does anyone other than what people post in these comment sections talk to you?

When will come the time for you to pull anchor and sail on? What would it take?

Julie R.

@lovelyblues2 and your counterpart: Aren't you the one that kills little defenseless cats that jump on your stupid car?

Enough said.

The General

Get high on mah pharts...

Julie R.

I don't THINK black people get scr*wed over big time in Erie County in comparison to white people, I KNOW they do. The Erie County courts might have still been playing their games and pulling off scams right up until last year ~ which was 10 years after my mother's death ~ but it's still a matter of public record what attorneys and other dirt-bags ~ all from Huron with the exception of a Lorain County attorney ~ got away with right after the jokes at the Erie County courthouse gave that black lady, Krista Harris, a harsh 5-year prison sentence claiming she stole from her elderly aunt using a LEGAL power of attorney.

Julie R.

Wonder why the Erie County probate court and the common pleas court of Binette don't do any devious favors for black people like they do for whites? Are they racist .... or does it all depend on who the attorneys are that are involved in fraud documents? I would have to say it was the attorneys involved ...... especially when two weren't just attorneys, they were also judges, one retired in his 80's.

Eeeerie County sure does have some REAL sweethearts.