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  •  Drug Law reform: from a Prosecutor (1+ / 0-)
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    norahc

    In my experience we already effectively have legalized marijuana in my part of the country.  Law enforcement rarely bothers with arrests based solely on possession or distribution of marijuana, unless the amount exceeds 8 ounces.

    The criminal penalty in New Mexico for possession of less than one ounce of MJ is a fine.  It takes more than one ounce to get into misdemeanor territory.

    Federal authorities won't even prosecute marijuana possession until it exceeds 500 POUNDS!  And even then there is no guarantee of federal prison time.

    Our primary problem is that we continue to rely on the legal system to solve what is essentially a medical issue.  We will never eliminate DWI until we have vehicles that test the driver every time he enters the car.  We will empty our jails when we find effective medical therapies for addiction.

    We also need to be honest about the object of our laws. Many states use drug laws as a means of criminalizing behavior found more often in minority communities.  We are only now beginning to address the inequity of cocaine vs. crack sentencing in federal court.

    Our criminal codes are constantly amended by elected officials looking to placate a public newly frightened about this or that.  The criminal code is too often the tool of demogogues looking for easy votes.

    •  vehicles that test the driver? (1+ / 0-)
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      norahc

      Yes, it's possible, and wouldn't be all that expensive. I'd guess that in volume production, devices which would test an equipment operator's fitness to operate equipment that affects the public safety would cost <$100 and probably, under $25 in high volume production.</p>

      Performance testing tests the  "balance, speed of reaction, vigilance and discrimination".of vehicle operators for the kind of impairments caused by illegal and legal drugs, lack of sleep, etc.

      The bad news? It appears that this is a webpage from the former owners of the website that's still on the site, the current owners specialize in chemical sensitivity testing. (perfumes, etc.)

      My guess is that the the company making performance testing gear went out of business because of lack of interest, "drug testing" is more politically acceptable because it provides corporate employers with life-style control of employees, all "performance testing" does is protect public safety.

      Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

      by alizard on Thu Feb 28, 2008 at 10:02:40 PM PST

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