I think calling him a Prisoner of War is a farce, I grew up in the pot game, that's why I got the fuck out of it and got legit work from day one of independence, not to say I haven't ever taken a trim job but I refuse to lock myself into pot-grow dependance. It is highly illegal and dangerous for several reasons.
It is also irresponsible to put your family in that position especially if you have children. Look at the predicament his wife is now in, angry and alone from poor decisions, misdirected anger based on the article but from poor choice nonetheless. I was a true Pot POW, stuck in the miasma of criminal behavior to fund our family life, no choice in the matter as I was a child and we were "Mom and Pop" so it really wasn't worth the risk, problem was that once they became involved in that game it was hard to extract oneself out of it.
Why it was morally irresponsible was not because of the whole "it's a plant, it should not be illegal" bullshit that Pot farmers say to themselves to justify their trips to Cabo, Uggs and Yoga Pants, Escalades and Hummers and whatever other ill gotten gains, but because if caught it can irreversibly damage the people whom you actually care about, sure the vacations and cool stuff is alluring but do you really want to leave your children without parents if you go to prison? Not to mention being a positive role model who shows their children that a "free ride" mentality is not OK?
It IS just a plant and should not be a punishable offense but plain and simple you are selling it as a controlled substance and profiting from a black market endeavor, that makes you a fucking criminal plain and simple no matter what drug or how harmless it may be. Legalize the shit and be done with it, then go ahead and grow to your hearts content, you won't hear one complaint from me but don't give me this song and dance that we have to feel sorry for someone who knew he did wrong and accepted the risk, he lost plain and simple, 5 years is a light sentence considering the "devil weed" mentality the government has about MJ....
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Sep 29, 2016
vol XXVII issue 39
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