Noted Without Comment

There is essentially nothing I can add to this, which is the biggest unreported story in America as far as I am concerned:

For the fourth year in a row, U.S. marijuana arrests set an all-time record in 2006, according to the just-released FBI Uniform Crime Reports. Marijuana arrests totaled 829,627, an increase from 786,545 in 2005. Similar to previous years, 738,916 or 89 percent were for possession, not sale or manufacture, and marijuana possession arrests again exceeded arrests for all violent crimes combined…

Despite record arrests, marijuana use remains higher than it was 15 years ago, when arrests were less than half the present level, and marijuana is the number one cash crop in the U.S.


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    • Jay Elias on September 25, 2007 at 02:37

    …and I have so little to say.

    Land of the free, huh?

  1. have anything to do with this?

    < /cynicism>

  2. How dare you attack General Petraeus?!

    Oops, wrong war.

  3. … how much we could make in tax dollars if we legalized marijuana.

    It’s insane.

    • nocatz on September 25, 2007 at 02:54

    giggling.  Anybody got any cookies?

  4. The thought of people losing everything, left with in some states felony records that make decent employment a distant dream, because people think marijuana has “cooties” makes me sick.

    Then again, I grew up in the marijuana capital of the US, where frankly pot isn’t a big deal. A lot of folks who make drug policy just don’t seem to get out much. 

    • fatdave on September 25, 2007 at 03:33

    that if they want to have a war on a substance, they ought to look at whatever is getting the First Motorist all euphoric and scary. I think it’s been changing hands in the Rose Garden because the New Labour backbenches have rows of scrubbed and shiny noddy faces just like that.

    How do you rehabilitate somebody from being happy?

  5. the movie reefer madness just came up in conversation last night; my friend who had never seen it just did; been awhile since i’d seen it myself. we remarked  at the fact that that film was made with tongue as far removed from cheek as the mouth might allow. we then went on to remark on the fact that, decades later, we still get dragged down stupid paths in part because of the power of propaganda. sigh.

    i’d not heard about the upward trend in pot arrests.

    what utter bullshit.


  6. How many doctors and lawyers compared to working class…AND white people to people of color.

    Wow I just realized I might not have posted this comment on Dkos! Trippy!

    • oculus on September 25, 2007 at 08:38

    I’ve recently read in numerous places that current marijuana is much, much stronger and also more addictive than what folks smoked in the 60s.  Is this correct? 

  7. … is officially “illegal but not punishable”. Retail outlets, the so-called “coffeeshops,” are regulated by a set of well-spelled out rules.

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