Gary Johnson on Pardoning Non-Violent Drug Offenders
Former New Mexico Governor and Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson has been very outspoken about his feelings that marijuana should be legalized, and legalization will be great for millions of cannabis users when it comes, but what about the people already in jail?
More to the point, what about all those people in jail for non-violent drug offenses? Those who never hurt anyone else and yet for some reason languish in jail, what happens to them?
Each individual marijuana legalization law throughout the states will hopefully have provisions for releasing those who are only there for marijuana. And as other drugs are legalized, the same will be true for those offenders. If provisions are not written into the law, each Governor and President will have to be the ones to take things on a case-by-case basis, a rather inefficient way of granting freedom to those who deserve it.
After all, why should people be locked up if they haven’t infringed on the rights of another? What is the justification? That they might commit a real crime in the future? You might as well, should the police come take you to jail right now?
Here are candidate Johnson’s feelings on the issue.
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The War on Bongs
As many of you know, marijuana can be smoked out of just about anything with two holes. Youtube is filled with videos showing cannabis being smoked out of fruit, all manner of bottles and even out of the ground.
But of course law enforcement knows cannabis smokers prefer glass. No matter that tobacco smokers may enjoy it too, it’s a known symbol of the marijuana movement and it must be eradicated.
Such is the hatred of marijuana that infests the government. All instances of its cultivation, distribution, possession and use must be menaced with the threat of law enforcement action.
But it goes beyond that, as seen in the video below. Capitol Hemp in Washington D.C. was told to remove some of the books they had displayed for sale in the store; those dealing with marijuana activism and knowing your rights when dealing with police.
Some will say that the illusion that the glass products are for tobacco is ruined by the books, but banning books in any form is always a slippery slope to tyranny. And maybe that’s the point.
Is this what law enforcement is spending time on? Glass bongs and books about weed? There’s nothing more important that needs police attention?
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