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Re: “Pot POW

Just to be clear, Brett was not caught transporting any illegal substances. In fact, he is charged with conspiracy, which means there only needs to be allegations of the future or past plan to aid in the transport of said illegal substances. This case is a perfect example of the flaws within the Federal system. Conspiracy charges were design to aid in prosecution of cartel related criminals in the 1970's and 1980's, not to focus on non-violent offenders. A sentence of 5 years with no chance of parole is absolutely outrageous. This is even more clear when we can see the attitudes about marijuana changing on a national level. Although, as mentioned in the article, the laws are decades behind the attitudes. Even the President admits that it is "not worse than alcohol and cigarettes". So why are we wasting tax dollars, law enforcement resources, etc. on cases such as this when we have so many more important issues to address in our society. The War on Drugs is a failure. It has not produced the desired results for which it was designed, it has cost the tax payers billions of dollars, ruined the lives of many individuals, and catalyzed the prison-industrial complex. Not to mention increased the profits derived by true international drug cartels by creating a black-market. Furthermore, details of this piece were completely omitted. The article didn't even mention that Professor Dan Faulk was also involved in the interview and discussion. What I hope is that the Department of Homeland Security agents, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents, and the South Dakota DA involved in this case (and others like it) really examine their own actions and intent and ask themselves, "is this worth it? Is my work really keeping society safer?" In this case, among many others, it's obvious that the answer is, "no". Shanda is absolutely on point on this one. Could be doing real community service to "payback" for his actions, and instead is going to have part of his life taken from him, which will hurt the community, friends, and family.

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Posted by CommunityMember on 02/27/2014 at 2:06 PM

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