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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Evergreen State, My Ass!

posted by on July 5 at 14:40 PM

A report released this week by the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics ranks the severity of penalties for pot convictions in each of the 50 states and D.C. Is our Northwest pot-jungle in the bottom ten? Not quite. Washington is number 36. Oregon, which has decriminalized marijuana possession, is surprisingly at draconian position 15.

The ratings are based on both the sentences from judges and the subsequent penalties resulting from a conviction—including ineligibility for food stamps and student loans, voter disenfranchisement, employment discrimination, and barring adoption.

In most cases, a felony marijuana conviction (for example growing marijuana) triggers the same collateral sanctions as those triggered by a conviction for murder, rape, or kidnapping. In many cases, the collateral sanctions for a marijuana-related conviction actually exceed those for a violent crime.

A few states stand out:

Florida is the worst place to get nailed. In general, if you’re popped for pot anywhere in the South, you’re as fucked as you’d expect to be (and maybe more).

Massachusetts is also in the top tier, despite its pinko reputation and sweet dreams of neighboring Vermont’s munchie pushers.

New Mexico is the grooviest place for ex-pots. Washington D.C., New York, and Missouri are also among the kindest to the kind.

Washington State bustees may be prevented from adopting a child, cut off from federal student loans, barred from public housing, and denied cushy, do-nothing, smoke-pot-all-day jobs.

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No rapid transit covering the recycling of plastic civiliam oversight of police who seem to beat up congestion pricing....harsh drug laws.....$250,000 to run for city council, so call those lawyers and developers all day, all you grass roots candidates! ...harsh laws on nightclubs...

isn't it nice to just accept our big community bubblethought fantasy: "oh we're so liberal and nice here."

Posted by unPC | July 5, 2007 2:47 PM

so... you can't work for the stranger if you've been busted?

Posted by maxsolomon | July 5, 2007 3:12 PM

It occurred to me yesterday while celebrating Independence Day with a bong hit and BBQ, that the Conservatives are insane to not legalize pot. Republicans think pot smokers are more likely to be liberal and they think smoking pot is supposed to make you lazy and apathetic.

If the GOP legalized pot they would probably control the country for the indefinite future.

Plus, pot is something we don't have to import like cocaine or heroin (Buy American!)

Posted by elswinger | July 5, 2007 3:16 PM

Alaska is ranked as HIGH??

I love how they make very little mention (only a vague paragraph in the ALASKA.pdf) of the 2003 court ruling making it LEGAL to possess up to 4 ounces in your home... granted the legislature tried in 2006 to pass a law re-criminalizing it, but the high court shot it down, and is awaiting appeal.

So, for the time being, you can have 4 ounces LEGALLY in Alaska.

Posted by Colin | July 5, 2007 3:23 PM

elswinger wins!

Posted by Zerry Jiegler | July 5, 2007 3:37 PM

Man, New Mexico is awesome, check this article:

"It was all a misunderstanding. Really.

"Dude, I totally thought weed was legalized in New Mexico," police say a man with 67 marijuana plants in the trunk of his car told them.

"Well, it's not," the police officer replied.

A man was busted at the Border Patrol checkpoint on U.S. Highway 70 June 12, allegedly while transporting a large number of marijuana plants in his car.

He told police he thought weed had been legalized in this state."

Posted by catnextdoor in abq | July 5, 2007 11:57 PM

I'm glad to see MO rank high in a good category for once.

Then again, I think MO is # 1 (top 5 at least) in meth production...

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