ABC and 20/20 asks “Are Pot Users Criminals?” I guess in this post-9/11 world we live in, that question seems valid to millions of people, kind of like “Are undocumented immigrants illegal?”
You see, the last time I checked drug use without a prescription was illegal.
Anyway, Tony Vahl and I got an e-mail (we are at firstname.lastname@example.org) from a reader who read yesterday’s unintentionally controversial thread about weed.
I happened to catch this on 20/20 last night, after driving over [censored]. I thought this article was a good follow-up to your post on the ill-effects of smoking marijuana.
Here’s my take:
the 20/20 presentation makes it seem like a 1/4 lb of marijuana and six ecstacy pills is okay to have, and that the police were excessive in threatening her with felony charges — even though she had been busted once and was on parole for a year!
The police chief looked extremely nervous, getting grilled on national television. On television, nervousness = incompetent liar.
Not being smooth on TV doesn’t make you a liar or incompentent.
Everyone is blaming the police for sending her out on that botched sting. I agree that they come off as cops from Hazard County, BUT … what about HER?
It’s funny, when Brian Ross mentioned she was a College Graduate, he made it sound like it was the equivalent of being an Elementary School Graduate. “She’s just a College Graduate.”
Boy, how standards have fallen. Excuse me, but I’m not buyin’.
She was perfectly capable, as a 23-year-old ADULT, of calling her lawyer and getting legal advice. She was perfectly capable of reading whatever agreement she had signed, and seeing whether the deal to avoid jail-time was legit (assuming she even signed anything — she’s certainly smart enough to not just go with the word of a police officer from Leon County with no written documentation, as a College Graduate).
Instead, here we have another 23-year-old desperately hanging on to her teenage years, refusing to 1)grow up, 2)take responsibility for her actions, and 3)go to jail for four years.
She wanted a get out of jail free card. Well, she’s not jail … but if she had done what any sane, normal college educated person would have done, she would not have gone to some park alone to meet with two black men to buy drugs AND a gun. She would be alive today.
Excuse me, but I don’t feel sorry for the purple-floppy-hat-girl. The police were jerks, but she had a choice — she could have spoken with her lawyer. She could have read the agreement.
Instead, she let fate decide.