New Civil Rights Chief More Evolved On Marijuana 
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New Civil Rights Chief More Evolved On Marijuana 
Posted by CN Staff on October 16, 2014 at 05:50:38 PT
By Ryan J. Reilly 
Source: Huffington Post
Washington, D.C. -- The newly named acting head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has called for the legalization and regulation of marijuana, putting her ahead of Attorney General Eric Holder on that issue.Vanita Gupta, the senior American Civil Liberties Union attorney who will take over the Civil Rights Division next week, wrote a CNN column last month praising the legalization and taxation of marijuana in Washington and Colorado. Her column focused on the story of Jeff Mizanskey, a Missouri man sentenced to life in prison for buying a few pounds of marijuana. Gupta argued there was a much better option than incarceration.
"The solution is clear. Instead of taxpayers spending millions of dollars on this unnecessary enforcement and keeping folks like Mizanskey in prison for the rest of their lives, states could follow Colorado and Washington by taxing and regulating marijuana and investing saved enforcement dollars in education, substance abuse treatment, and prevention and other health care," Gupta wrote.Although Holder allowed the Washington and Colorado reforms to go into effect and seems to be evolving slowly on the issue, he hasn't outright endorsed either legalization or decriminalization of marijuana. This past spring, the attorney general told The Huffington Post that it's "hard to tell" if pot will be legal around the country in a decade. He also avoided directly endorsing decriminalization in the District of Columbia, his hometown. But he signaled last month that he doesn't believe marijuana belongs in the same law enforcement category as heroin.Gupta, on the other hand, wrote that those "who seek a fairer criminal justice system, unclouded by racial bias," must "at minimum" demand that the government decriminalize possession of marijuana.She also called the laws legalizing marijuana in Washington and Colorado "racial justice victories" and said the war on drugs has been "a war on communities of color."Tom Angell of the advocacy group Marijuana Majority said that having "someone who believes that marijuana legalization is a social justice issue serving as the chief civil rights official in the Justice Department will be simply game changing."That said, the Civil Rights Division doesn't oversee federal drug enforcement, as a Justice Department official pointed out to Roll Call on Wednesday afternoon.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Ryan J. Reilly Published: October 15, 2014Copyright: 2014, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on October 17, 2014 at 07:00:00 PT
Leonhart is...
Not worthy of a retirement payed for by the very people she slaughtered and abused for 33 years. Making fun of the ill because they find relief in a plant. Locking people away who are better than and would have more to offer society than her program of
 rape, pillage and distruction to satisfy her many twisted phylosophys and phobias.I would not bother to point out that this beer swigging, pock marked, nappy headed troll looks more like Barney Frank's daughter. I hope she feels anger and disgrace and rejection. If I saw her in person I would spit on her.  
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Comment #2 posted by observer on October 16, 2014 at 21:22:51 PT
The Real Criminals
re: "you aren't a criminal Randy"All he did was sell pot? Better late than never, releasing him. How much money did government and corporation make off of slaving him for all those years? (Either he works as a slave, or he is punished with solitary confinement and additional torture. They "pay" government drug-war slaves him like fifteen or twenty cents an hour. And charge them extortionate rates for things like T.P. and telephone use: many, many times what you would pay normally. A fine deal for all the stakeholders in government and corporation; raw deal for us. Hey - first things first!) But after all, are not dopers bad people? So let's slave them for life - and take what they earn working. Just like slaves. Because they sold some of that plant. When I think about what government toadies did to him - and so many others we will never hear about, I'm not exactly filled with nice feelings.What kind of people take government paychecks to do that to other people, to further their own careers?  That's right: Randy isn't a criminal. Not for pot, he isn't. The government and corporate slavers that enslaved him and stole his freedom and labor and life - using pot as the excuse - they are the real criminals.
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Comment #1 posted by gloovins on October 16, 2014 at 19:31:15 PT
maybe he'll race again?
another lifer released.... ...
you aren't a criminal Randy.....;)
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