Drugs Evergreen State, My Ass!
posted by July 5 at 14:40 PMon
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.