Cameron Douglas Writes from Behind Bars

Actor Cameron Douglas was serving five years prison time for a drug law violation, when he was tested positive for drug use. The judge added 4.5 more years to his sentence, the heaviest penalty ever dealt out in that situation. He wrote an editorial, "Words Behind Walls," submitted by his girlfriend on his behalf to the Huffington Post.

"Words Behind Walls" is not mainly about his own story -- although he goes into being kept in solitary confinement for 11 months -- but mostly about the tragedy and injustice of half a million nonviolent drug offenders in the prisons and jails, many simply in a cycle of addiction and relapse like he is.

His piece, linked above, is worth reading -- but not before I remark on the incomprehensible cruelty shown by the judge in this case. That judge must be some kind of lost soul himself. At least that is how it looks from here.

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Crimes Against Humanity.

Politicians and faceless bureaucrats have found the drug war gives them unquestionable power and they have used it to hijack the government and influence the distribution of budgets withing the system. They have kidnapped the taxpayers dollars to advantage themselves. And  they have done it at great cost to the community by being brutal and callous and it is this very callousness that ensures they maintain their power for now. They intimidate and bully all those who would disagree with them and because they are the government anyone who disagrees with them is a criminal. It will be the greatest challenge to remove them from office because they are the most aggressive people in the community but we have to because not only are they thugs and corrupt they are excessively incompetent. There is nothing they have managed well. Not the economy, not the environment, not crime, not anything. 

And don't forget that in solitary confinement, in a maximum security establishment, under conditions of total drug war and zero tolerance, the drug war, the establishment, still totally failed to stop illegal drugs from getting to one man closely watched under lock and key. Who is the bigger failure? The guy with the drug problem or the system full of promises and bull that can't keep it's prison's clean! The judges harsh sentence was a cover up for his impotence and failure.Those in charge of the system should be charged with dereliction of duties and failure to provide a safe, drug free environment.The drug war is a crime against humanity and Cameron Douglas is a victim of crimes against humanity like so many others. It is long over due that we should end this war that should have never been. Legalize! Apologize! Compensate! Prosecute the perpetrators! 

which witch ?

Compare, if you will, the "Witch Burnings", practised by christians across Europe during the Middle Ages.

The style, ethos, and general demeanour, are the Same. And the Fear this behaviour generates is the Purpose.

Or, maybe read Camus "The Plague". Similar.

the reason why

4.5 years were added is because this judge is a fame whore. he sees the child of a celebrity, and sees a method for himself to suck, leech, and grovel at the teat of fame.

 

pathetic, really. this guy couldn't judge a coloring book contest.

My inbox is constantly orange

My inbox is constantly orange now, I wasn't prepared for this much response. I'm trying to explain why marijuana isn't legal currently, not why it shouldn't be... a lot of people aren't being nice. :( Thanks for being nice!

Medical marijuana. Especially

Medical marijuana. Especially in the last 5 years has become the way for anyone who smokes pot in California to do so legally. The list of qualifying ailments is long and covers a wide range of afflictions both mental and physical and the competition makes it decently cheap. I think we've hit the floor for dispensary prices full legality would see mass production like never before and allow for lower prices.

For all intents and purposes cannabis is legal in ca for anyone who wants it.

So legalizing it you wouldn't see drastic societal changes. The entire country isn't going to come to work stoned because it was made legal all of a sudden. And the people who will already do. Trust me. No one knows. They never do.

Im not advocating violent

Im not advocating violent revolution. Im certainly not saying we should head down to the local city council and start stringing people up. Im just stating what I believe to be a fact supported by historical precedent. As history has shown, this system is here to stay, it will not substantially change unless through violent revolution. And things are not near bad enough, yet, for that to happen - of course the possibly coming complete economic breakdown of this society might accelerate that.

Look how fucked up the african and middle east countries are, and how far those fucked up governments were able to push their people until they finally rebelled. We're not even close to that.

The ringing phone? It does nothing. The only way you could accomplish your goals in this matter without a revolution, is to take the governments profit motive away from the "war on drugs". I have no idea how you would accomplish that, but it would be a far more effective strategy than ringing their phones.

Maybe start by closing down and outlawing privately run for-profit prisons.

It's been time to get angry

It's been time to get angry for nearly a decade, at the very least. You have guys like Ron Paul who've been trying to tell us all this stuff for 30 years and the majority of people still are doing every sort of doublethink they can to not let the messages sink in. The War is on for our economy, our rights and our liberty.

I smoked weed for many years,

I smoked weed for many years, And I've drank alcohol for many years! Weed is far less dangerous and health damaging that alcohol, yet alcohol is legal! I have never gotten sick from weed, I have from alcohol! I've never had a hang over from weed, I have from alcohol! I've never gotten fat smoking weed, I have from alcohol! When I'm really stoned on weed I can still have an intelligent conversation, But when really drunk it's nearly impossible! Weed should be legal for use by Adults.

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