Protecting Your Rights in a College Dorm

Over at Flex Your Rights, we've been getting a lot of questions lately about how to protect your rights when you're living in a college dorm. I put together this video response that I hope everyone will find helpful (I think a lot of the tips will be useful to anyone who's living around lots of other people, so this isn't just for students). Enjoy, and please share with any students you know.

I forgot to mention this in the video, but one of the emails we received was from a student who had his room searched twice recently because of a "text-a-tip" program designed to help classmates narc on each other for drug crimes. He was innocent, but someone kept sending the authorities after him anyway. And, of course, if any marijuana had been found, our friend probably wouldn't be in school anymore.

If the existence of such a despicable program doesn't remove all doubt about the need for know your rights info on college campuses, nothing will. This kind of crap is exactly why America jails more people than any other nation, while other countries are kicking our ass in math and science. It's not an accident. We're doing this to ourselves on purpose.  

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Factcheckers please check whether "anti-drug" snooping like this is linked to $$ assistance to colleges from government entities which in turn are receiving some of the $igarette tax revenue bonanza admitted by an R. J. Reynolds website to total $44.5Bil/year in the US.

Having said that let us admit college life does a service: graduate degree holders in US are said to be under 10% addicted to $igarettes whereas high school dropouts are over 30%.  

Pro-cannabis legalization advocates would I think be well advised to weld their cause to this greater issue of "tobacco" (i.e. HBOMS hot burning overdose monoxide squares) addiction causing 6,000,000 deaths a year, and to openly suggest that students free to have a single toke of herb now and then (especially early morning), and to possess with impunity the appropriate Dosage Management Utensils, are better served than having to resort to hot-burning "joint" or "blunt" because the latter are easier to hide. 

America jails more people than any other nation because in our case slavery survived into the high-tech age; fear of punishment was and is the main device for controlling slaves and preventing escape; every youngster at any risk of being recruited into $igarette addiction is seen by the corporations as their "right"-fully destined slave property; cannabis is rightly suspected of being a means whereby more youngsters can escape being recruited into $$ high profit nicotine slavery.

"I forgot to mention this in

"I forgot to mention this in the video, but one of the emails we received was from a student who had his room searched twice recently because of a "text-a-tip" program designed to help classmates narc on each other for drug crimes."

 

Wow, dude are you like 10 years old? Marijuana shouldn't be illegal but it still is so stop blaming law-abiding citizens for abiding to the law. You're encouraging people to abuse the laws that protect them while breaking laws that inconvenience them. It's basically saying "I don't have to obey laws that I don't like but cops do".

 

Also, the same drugs are illegal in almost all European countries that are illegal in the US. That's not the reason Europe has a better education system.

I also believe in changing the law, not breaking it

HOWEVER.. I would never report someone for marijuana use, because I know the harsh penalties they will face when caught would not fit the "crime", just like I know it would cost taxpayers more money to put them through the criminal justice system than their "crime" is costing us, just like I know the conviction would probably remove them from their current school or job, rendering them a 3rd rate citizen from then on, who probably will continue using drugs becasue they have no other route to go at that point.

If called to serve on a jury, i would also never consider convicting someone for victimless marijuana crimes, for the same reasons as above.

I follow the law indeed.  I don't smoke pot, I can't because of my job.  But following the law doesn't mean you have to agree with it to the extent of reporting people and convicting them.  You're doing more harm to society than the drug users when you do that!  Do you live under a rock, man?  LOOK at our national debt.  We are WASTING money and a huge portion of it is this silly "war on drugs."

In Nazi Germany, people were

In Nazi Germany, people were required to report anyone who broke the law by speaking to children about anything that was not favorable of the government.  It was the law.  Should those people have mindlessly obeyed, too?

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