Drugs Re: Add Denver to the List
posted by November 7 at 8:57 AMon
Dom’s too modest to say so, but Seattle’s I-75—which made marijuana possession the city’s lowest law-enforcement priority, making it possible for stoners to light up on their back steps without being plagued by pre-stoned paranoia—was Dom’s baby. Yesterday a law modeled on I-75 passed in Denver, as Dom has already noted this morning, just as laws modeled on I-75 have been passed in San Francisco, Missoula, and numerous other cities.
So congrats, once again, to Dom. And it’s nice to see voters in another big, liberal city reject Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr’s idiotic fear mongering.
Seattle City Attorney Thomas Carr, who says he is required to sit on the panel, says he hopes Denver doesn’t pass the initiative. “The panel is slanted toward proponents of the law,” Carr said. “It does not work all that well. We get yelled at a lot by people in the room. Telling police and prosecutors to look the other way on a crime is really bad policy.”
Dominic Holden, a community representative on Seattle’s panel, says that citations and prosecutions for marijuana-related incidents declined by 50 percent a year after the initiative passed. “The law does not tell police to ignore state or federal law,” he said. “It simply tells them where on the schedule of priorities these arrests fall.”
Although the committee cannot agree on why the numbers of marijuana arrests and prosecutions are down in Seattle, city officials have sent a letter to Denver endorsing the law as safe, effective and inexpensive.
The Seattle group also found no evidence of an increase in marijuana use among young people, crime or adverse effects on public health.
Oh my goodness! Poor Tom Carr gets yelled at—by uppity Seattle citizens who don’t support tossing harmless, non-violent pot smokers in jail! The nerve of those Seattle citizens! First they pass I-75—which is now law—and then they wanna see Tom Carr obey the law. Man, it’s almost as if the citizens of Seattle think they pay Carr’s salary or something.
Tom Carr is an enormous douche. You wanna meet some folks who are really suffering, Tom? Talk to some of the hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens that have been arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned for marijuana possession. I’d bet they’d trade places with you in an instant. Gee, get yelled at in a meeting for subverting the law or go to prison for getting high….