Pot Law Returns To Arena 

Pot Law Returns To Arena 
Posted by CN Staff on April 17, 2005 at 11:29:05 PT
By Chuck Adamson of the Tribuneís Staff
Source: Columbia Daily Tribune 
A University of Missouri-Columbia student who supports more lenient marijuana laws plans to speak to the Columbia City Council tomorrow in opposition to the Columbia Police Officers Associationís efforts to repeal a voter-approved marijuana ordinance.The ordinance, one of two marijuana-related proposals voters approved last year, decriminalizes possession of small amounts of pot. It reduces the penalty to a fine without offenders getting a criminal record.
Bailey Hirschburg, president of the University of Missouri-Columbia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said he plans to tell council members to "clearly think about the issue.""I donít have a problem with" police "as citizens acting to change the law. Thatís what we did," Hirschburg said. "But I think they are judging far too quickly that this law is a failure. Itís only been in place for six months."Hirschburg, 21, is an MU sophomore from Cape Girardeau. He said he smokes marijuana recreationally."I do enjoy it from time from time," he said. "Weíre talking about use, not abuse. And even if you do abuse it, itís not as harmful as alcohol or cigarette abuse."Hirschburg said he plans to tell the council that he is afraid the Columbia Police Officers Association, or CPOA, is trying to disenfranchise college students by pushing for repeal on a summertime ballot.CPOA President Sterling Infield said Hirschburg need not worry because the police group wonít make the deadline for the August ballot anyway.As for Hirschburgís planned comments to the council, Infield said, "Itís his constitutional right."The CPOA has been gathering signatures to repeal the law. It is not trying to repeal a second law that decriminalizes marijuana use when prescribed for medicinal purposes.Infield said the association and its supporters are pressing toward their goal of 2,900 signatures. The CPOA has maintained that marijuana is a gateway drug and that the new law sends a message that itís OK to sell and smoke marijuana.Infield said one of the major arguments made for the new lawís passage - that a pot conviction can disqualify a college student from financial aid - is not supported by data."We looked and researched. No one has ever lost student financial aid, ever, from a city drug conviction," Infield said. "Iím a little confused as to why they are pushing this issue."He said they discovered just four students locally who temporarily lost financial aid after a marijuana conviction in state court.A similar marijuana reform measure failed to win voter support in April 2003. The new law passed in November 2004 with 61 percent of the vote.Hirschburg said the current law, which imposes a $250 fine, is reasonable."Itís clearly what the city wants," he said. "We think they are completely reasonable laws. I couldnít afford one $250 fine."Note: NORML student objects to repeal.Source: Columbia Daily Tribune (MO)Author:  Chuck Adamson of the Tribuneís StaffPublished: Sunday, April 17, 2005 - Page 13ACopyright: 2005 Columbia Daily TribuneContact: editor tribmail.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:University of Missouri NORML Launch Petition Drive Against Pot Law Group Seeks To Alter Cityís Pot Law
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Comment #7 posted by schmeff on April 18, 2005 at 10:59:02 PT
Even ONE signature on their petition would be pressing towards the goal of 2,900.On to more pressing matters...
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Comment #6 posted by BGreen on April 18, 2005 at 01:23:42 PT
Exactly, Mayan!
They should be able to get that many in one afternoon standing in front of the megalo(wal)mart if it had ANY kind of support.It's kind of funny and pathetic at the same time.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #5 posted by mayan on April 18, 2005 at 01:16:40 PT
Get A Clue
Infield said the association and its supporters are pressing toward their goal of 2,900 signatures.If their stance was popular they wouldn't have any problem gathering a measly 2,900 signatures. Good cops would take that as a clue. 
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Comment #4 posted by global_warming on April 17, 2005 at 13:42:45 PT
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Comment #3 posted by global_warming on April 17, 2005 at 13:25:22 PT
Some OT-an old poll RWN Idiot Test
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Comment #2 posted by global_warming on April 17, 2005 at 12:28:01 PT
A Little Confused?
"We looked and researched. No one has ever lost student financial aid, ever, from a city drug conviction," Infield said. "Iím a little confused as to why they are pushing this issue."Infield, sit down and shut up, it is obvious that you are not living in the 21st century, best you go live with the Taliban, or some other tribal mentality.It is idiots like you Infield, that have been pushing for crucifixions and other forms of restrictions that continue to put human beings in your confused prisons.Is human power so important to you Infield?There is power in this world, more than you can buy.
The power that fuses new worlds, and takes down whole galaxies in the starry night.While we are in our little world, must you, Infield, continue this witch hunt, must you?All of the above applies to John -Piss In Cup- Walters
The Unregulated Offensive
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 17, 2005 at 11:38:58 PT
News Article from Snipped Source
Student Drug Testing is Un-AmericanDebra J. SaundersSunday, April 17, 2005 
  In America, where citizens are supposed to want to keep government out of their family decision-making, there should be no random drug testing at public schools. Yet some 19 percent of public schools engage in some form of student drug testing, the University of Michigan's Journal of School Health found in 2003. President Bush proposes to spend $25 million in 2006 to fund more random drug testing. And the internationally minded U.S. Supreme Court thinks that drug testing in public schools is just swell. This is wrong. Parents who suspect their children of using drugs are free to test their kids. Hence, there is no need for schools to intervene -- any more than there is a need for schools to set the punishment for children who disobey their parents' rules. Except that it is happening. It started when schools began testing athletes; there was at least the pretense of a safety argument for the tests -- you don't want stoned kids leaping for a high fly. But by the time the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on said tests in 1995, the rationale for the tests had expanded. The Big Bench supported testing of athletes to prevent the "increased risk of sports-related injury," but also because athletes are role models. Court and school officials understand that it would be a coercive violation of privacy rights to force all public-school students to submit to drug tests. It goes against the presumption of innocence, unreasonable searches, the need for probable cause and other quaint notions found in the U. S. Constitution. So those officials who want the government to play parent have come up with a new angle -- require students who engage in extracurricular activities to agree to random drug testing. It's not mandatory, they argue, because students don't have to join clubs. And believe it or not, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed in 2002. The surest bet in America is: Once a bad idea is born, it only gets bigger. Snipped:Complete Article:
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