The Profit Motive for Arresting Marijuana Users

Here’s a fun article interviewing college students in Massachusetts about their opinions on the new marijuana decriminalization policy. Unsurprisingly, most of them are all for it, but check out this remarkably candid response from an opponent:

Ed Finch, a 20-year-old sophomore from Franklin, voted against decriminalization for a couple of reasons. One was "purely financial," he said. His father is a Boston police officer who gets a lot of overtime when he has to go to court after a marijuana arrest, Finch said.

Yeah, I guess that’s pretty cool if the drug war is paying your tuition, bro. Imagine my surprise that none of the police officers who campaigned bitterly against decrim ever mentioned how much overtime the new law would cost them. It took a college student to concede the rank selfishness that drives police to defend marijuana prohibition.

Of course, it’s not just about money. It’s also about spite:

But his other reason is based on his own experience.

"I was frustrated with my stoner friends. They’re obnoxious, but I put up with them," Finch said.

Well, maybe we should pass a law that says Ed Finch’s friends watch too much Family Guy and never introduce him to any cute chicks.
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It would be nice to get some off duty police officers on hidden camera conceding the profit motive and post it on YouTube, especially while they are having their happy hour.

Ed Finch, you win the scuz of the day award

Do you realize what you sound like? What other freedoms of others will you happily sell for a buck?

Ed Finch, you win scuz.........

What do you expect? His father is a cop so you know he's an abused child.

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We're going to take your money now.Trust us
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More than 98 percent of all of the marijuana plants seized by law enforcement in the United States is feral hemp not cultivated cannabis, according to newly released data by the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program and the Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics.

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Nancy Reagan recommended that no corporation be permitted to do business with the Federal government without having a urine purity policy in place to show their loyalty. xDrug Czar Carlton Turner became a rich man in what has now become a huge growth industry: urine-testing.
- Jack Herer/Emperor Wears No Clothes

Drug Cop Lies Sent over 150 to Jail 10.9.8

At DEA, our mission is to fight drug trafficking in order to make drug abuse the most expensive, unpleasant, risky, and disreputable form of recreation a person could have.
-- Donnie Marshall, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

400 agents x $60/hr...

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"We the People are the rightful master of both congress and the courts - not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."
-- Abraham Lincoln

872,721 marijuana arrests in 2007 Inhaling or Not

The Elkhorn Manifesto

"No class or group or party in Germany could escape its share of responsibility for the abandonment of the democratic Republic and the advent of Adolf Hitler. The cardinal error of the Germans who opposed Nazism was their failure to unite against it. ....the 63% of the German people who expressed their opposition to Hitler were much too divided and shortsighted to combine against a common danger which they must have known would overwhelm them unless they united, HOWEVER TEMPORARY, to stamp it out."
-William L. Shirer, author;
"The rise and fall of the Third Reich" p.259

The Ganjawar is a Product Sold by D.E.A.th to Profit Fascist 01/07/03

"Certain American industrialists had a great deal to do with bringing fascist regimes into being in both Germany and Italy. They extended aid to help Fascism occupy the seat of power, and they are helping to keep it there."
- William E. Dodd, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, 1937.

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"Through clever and constant application of propaganda,
people can be made to see paradise as hell,
and also the other way around,
to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise."

From Benito Mussolini, December 8, 1935
contributing to the "London Sunday Express"

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Blessed is the Police State?
Exporting D.E.A.mocracy

This is part of our global contribution. The drug war has become the preferred foreign policy approach toward controlling much of the world. We export our drug war, our tactics, and, most of all, our DEA. (Now with offices in Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Canada, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Paraguay, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, Suriname, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Turks & Caicos Islands, Haiti, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Thailand, Mongolia, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caldeonia, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna, Western Samoa, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, Kiribati, Nauru, Philippines, Burma, South Korea, Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Laos, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Greece, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Bahrain, Chad, Dijibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kuwait, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Oman, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Russia, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Western Sahara, Channel Islands, Ireland, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, Azores, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Gibraltar, Portugal, Principality of Andorra, Spain, Spanish Enclaves (Ceuta & Melilla), Algeria, France, Monaco, Morocco, Tunisia, Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Central African Republic, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Slovak Republic, Ukraine.)

With that kind of presence, we insure that the rest of the world follows our lead. And if they don't toe the line in the way we want to fight the drug war, we threaten to cut foreign aid, or in the case of Venezuela, which kicked out the DEA for spying, we accuse them of allowing drug trafficking.

Most countries are hesitant to buck the system, and would rather appear eager to participate

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Why Support Marijuana Prohibition


"We've got a national campaign by drug legalizers, in my view, to try and use medicinal uses of drugs and legalization of hemp as a stalking horse to get in under the radar screen."
- Gen. Barry McCaffrey - Former Drug Czar (Clinton)
(so... cancer patients shouldn't get marijuana and we shouldn't use hemp for biodiesel because that might lead to some people getting high?)

Drug Czar Seeks To Ban All Hemp Products 04/28/00
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Audubon Magazine - Legalize It!
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Competition Eliminated - Mission Accomplished

Good points

I totally agree with you.

Marijuana prohibition sucks!

Less than 5 words.

The drug war is losing a lot of credibility

because of its sadistic war on medicinal marijuana and its moronic war against hemp. As if banning recreational marijuana isn't moronic enough. Trying to force pregnant women or mean drunks to use alcohol if they want to get high, have you really thought that one through?

Great Info & Links

To Anon. who wrote "The Ganjawar Product" comment, thank you!

police are crimnals

wtf

police are crimnals

no shit how long did it take you to figgure that out .i might ad they are the most single threat to peoples saftey .they are profit driven crimnals .

mr obama

please free us .mr obama please tear down these prison walls

oh boy

What a NERD!

police

police have become dispicable profitters in human misery .they are the crimnals we all loath .wtf

The business behind marijuana

The business behind marijuana deals ids of high rakes. And this is the main reason why, young people in the country are attracted towards it. Police always tries to get money from he dealers to avoid their arrest, and for that they makes more deals. And for these reasons, i think its good that government made the decriminalization policy. magnets

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