No One Goes to Jail for Marijuana
Incarceration should have nothing to do with why anyone would vote for Proposition 64. From the Sacramento Bee comes a recent comment about Prop 64: Proponents of Proposition 64, the initiative to legalize marijuana, say it makes no sense to incarcerate people for marijuana possession. We couldn’t agree more. We also think it’s a bogus statement.
Opponents write in their ballot argument that “not one single person remains in California’s prisons solely for simple marijuana possession.” They base that statement on a review by the California Department of Corrections in which the department’s “staff were unable to locate anyone in prison with MJ offenses where the weight was less than an ounce,” writes Albert Rivas, of the department’s external affairs office. In other words, no one goes to prison in California for simple possession.
California is not the only place where activists use lies about incarceration to push marijuana legalization. The ACLU, MPP, DPA and NORML push the misconception for political advantage and win supporters this way. It’s part of their national strategy. They don’t tell us about the other crimes committed while on drugs.
Reading between the Lines of the Legalizers
Sometimes the media and polling plays a part in the deception. Last week Pew Research released a survey asking about marijuana legalization. The conclusion was that 57% of American adults support marijuana legalization. However, on the same day, a headline in Massachusetts, read: Scarce Support for Legal Pot. Obviously, there was a disparity between the meaning of the question and the reality of the responses.
The survey respondents probably did not know that all 5 ballots to legalize marijuana involve commercialization. They probably didn’t know legalization means that your neighbors will grow pot and that pot shops will move into the neighborhood. They did not know that it may be hard to cap the strength of marijuana and the marijuana candies that will be sold. Yes, marijuana would be regulated, but voters want to know if regulation works. People in Massachusetts investigated and learned some things from states with legal pot.
Marijuana advocates ask for sympathy. They blame others for making them criminals. Since incarceration for simple possession is a lie legalization campaigns want you to believe, watch out. Read more about these deceptions on the LegalLies website.