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I havent checked that doc, but Im purddy damn sure, I am okay here in Everett, Washington. Yep... the 'feds' may come after us. But our locals wont help them.We voted for it and the feds have no business, I dont care what the conservatives say. It doesnt hurt anyone, even when its fucking abused. And it can and is used as medicine for alot of people. Its been proven time after time. it has NEVER killed anyone. And if you must know.... most people are better drivers when they are high. Most people are better at everything if they have smoke/eaten the right herb for that day. Contrary to lore, it actually helps concentration. I am struggling to find something truly bad about it besides its price.... oh yeah... in some states they will put you in fucking prison for growing it or selling it or getting caught with just a little bit. Now I know... some people will say... 'its against the law!'... If you dont like the law....'... 'you get caught, its your fault; deal with it'.... and I have. Ive been 'caught' with it 2 times. In 1975 and 1986. In '86 the judge said...'Looks like you have an 11 year addiction to marijuana'... No.. Im serious... he said that. And I laughed. Shouldnt have done that. Guess how much they caught me with?

 I was riding to a hardware store, in his truck. We were half way finished with a joint, I saw the cop and swallowed it. He did NOT see that. But he said he smelled it. He checked our ID and I had a parking ticket warrant from 10 years before, that I did not know about... He asked to check the truck and when they did, they found this little wooden pipe in the very back of the truck in his fishing tackle box. I was homeless at the time and my friend had a really good job and was buying a home and paying for a divorce, so when the cop asked who it belonged to, I gave it no thought and said it was mine. On the way to the jail, I was sitting in the front seat, without cuffs. I noticed the cops clipboard with my charges and laughed. He asked what was funny and I said, he wrote possession of marijuana, but it was just a pipe, so I figured I would get it thrown out on a technicality. When I went to court, I proved to the judge that the parking ticket warrant was not for 'me', it was for the van I was driving at the time, and it didnt belong to me and I was on the job and it was their van! I evenwent back to the company and got paperwork from them and a letter from the owner telling them it wasnt my ticket, it was theirs. So when I proved I was honest aboput the original reason they stopped me, I figured he would believe me on the pipe story. So he sent me to talk to the prosecutor. She asked me if I knew the charges and what I was facing. I did not, I found out. Because it WAS my second charge.. they were going to throw the book at me. She actually said that. And... she was drop dead gorgeous. I found out that 'throw the book' meant 10 years in prison. ....BUT... I said, It was a pipe, not actual marijuana. So she shows me this ream of paper and tell me that they had the pipe 'chemically analyzed' and found that their was 'in fact'... 0000000.1 nanograms of marijuana, 'and that Mr. Warren, is possession'! I was stunned.

Oh... you want the REST, of the story?? Kris Haynes??...... ... As I stood there stunned, Im sure I was drooling, what she said hit me like a stroke. I couldnt imagine doing 10 years... not at 29 years old. So, she finally said..'We are willing drop the charge to paraphanelia, if you will plead guilty'. I was relieved. 'And what is the penalty', I asked. She said. 'One year in the county jail'... my relief was short lived. And we walked back into court. After telling the judge the complete story, he sentenced me to 1 year, and sent me with a guard to a room behind the courtroom. It was this big room with about 15 rows of chairs with 25 chairs in each row. On the outside of the room were a series of little rooms. And there were only a few people sitting and I was told to have a seat. As the room filled up, I noticed that I was less than 20 feet from the elevator and could easily just walk out and get on that sucker. And I thought about it. After about an hour the room had filled and was almost empty again. I approached a lady who appeared to be a receptionist and was about to say something when she said, 'Sit down, we will be with you when we can'. I sat back down and again the room filled slowly and then emptied slower. 2 more hours had passed. I was getting hungry and frustrated and got up again to ask, and she said, 'Well be with you in just a minute, sit down.' It was about another 1/2 hour and this tall guy in this really nice suit came out and called my name. He took me towards this room that no one had gone into or out of and was out of the way. There was a small desk and 2 chairs and a light right out of Dragnet. Pointed right at me. He scribbled on some paperwork and asked me to tell him about myself. So I told him about being homeless and going thru a divorce and that I was helping a friend redo his house and we went to the hardware store, blah , blah, blah... He asked me about the parking ticket that had gotten me arrested. Then he got personal and asked about my family. And about my youth. He asked me what I did during the day, being homeless. I told him that I had lots to do, trying to find work or a job; and I would visit my grandmother and sometimes she would force me to take a bath and she would even fix me something to eat, but most of the time I would pretend I wasnt hungry. After a few more minutes, he pushed himself away from the desk and said, 'Ill be right back'. So I waited. Like I had a choice. I had visions of a couple of jailers and a guard dog, and a set of cuffs. He seemed to be gone for about a day, but it was probably less than 20 minutes, and he returned. Alone. And sat down. Seemed a bit bothered by something. He told me that he talked to my grandmother, and I was horrified. I couldnt imagine why he would talk to her, or how he knew her number or anything. My parents had already moved out to Washington and my brother and I were trying to 'make it' with the band from Wichita. So.. How could he know about my grandmother. He said, ' You are lucky you have someone like her watching out for you'. I asked him what he meant. He said, 'She said that you are the best grandson that someone could have, and that you help her and take care of things she cant handle. She was upset that you were in trouble at all because you dont cause trouble and are always helping others. She got real mad when I asked her if you drink, I thought she was going to cuss me' He really said all that and I was confused. He pushed a stack of papers at me and said, 'Sign here'. I of course did. He said, 'Now stay out of trouble for the next year and this will go away'. 'You are free to go'. I walked to my grandmas house to talk to her about the whole mess. She already knew about the hearing and everything before I went. I always told her everything. When I got there, she opened the door and said, 'Oh, Im so glad to see you, I didnt know what was going to happen'. 'Well', I said. 'IWhatever you said to him is what got me out of trouble, what did you tell him?' She said, 'I just told him the truth.'

 I asked...'What truth?' Thats when I found out that she had told him about how I helped her feel safe after Grandpa was murdered and I was always around and how I wasnt like most people. I didnt drink to excess ever,(that she knew of) and never fought with anyone. Thats when I found out that the guy with the courts had been on the murder investigation of my grandfather 16 years before. And thats why he was bothered when he came back from talking to my grandmother.

Originally posted to warrenproject on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM PST.

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  •  I hope they don't do the 'dump-a-drunk' (9+ / 0-)

    program anymore... in 1980 when I lived there, a guy I worked with used to go 'boony-stomping' in some beater he had.

    One night, out on the flats by the trestle that goes out to Lake Stevens, they came on a squad car and a couple of cops who were working over some unfortunate; John said "His face was all blood."

    It seems like such a crazy world sometimes; at least now one kind of crazy is removed.  Even though I don't know you, I'm glad you didn't have to do time; it is a small victory, and we take our victories where we can.

  •  Thank You - N/T (7+ / 0-)

    "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

    by linkage on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 11:13:18 PM PST

  •  Glad you didn't have to do that year in jail. (20+ / 0-)

    They gave me 7 years in Alabama in 1972 for giving a roach to an undercover cop. I had other charges too, so it wasn't just that, but I did 6 years, 4 months and 11 days. It sucked. I met a guy in prison who had 15 years for having one hit of LSD. It's crazy to do shit like that to people. Glad you caught a break.

  •  A testament that goodness can win over the day (8+ / 0-)

    May our good natures forever win over selfishness and meanness.

  •  Wow, great story. (7+ / 0-)

    I was on the edge of your seat . . . read like a mystery novel. Thanks.

  •  That's an amazing story (9+ / 0-)

    It costs the tax-payers about $40k to incarcerate one person for one year.  For the "possession" of less than a milligram of MJ, the state was ready to spend about $400k so the citizens of your state could be "safe" from you "criminality".

    Thankfully, that one investigator was present and intervened to prevent a wild injustice against yourself and the tax-payers in your state.  

    So I offer up a quick "thank you" prayer for you and the gentleman involved.

    What a truely amazing story.  That's for sharing it with us.  

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 09:36:33 AM PST

  •  Yes, illegal, but . . . (7+ / 0-)

    what a waste of many generally useful, patriotic, kind people to throw anyone using this stuff in jail or prison.  Of course there are the nasties using this stuff, too, but there are nasties drinking water, too; that's just part of human nature.

    I have indeed seen some people for whom marijuana use seems to consume their ambition and life.  But they're very rare in my experience, the bulk of the people I know who use it seem to be quite productive, and generally are considered good people even by their unknowing hard-line prohibitionist neighbors.  Until the neighbors find out, that is.

    I perform in bars regularly.  I pray for the day I could more often play in front of a crowd a bit more sober; alcohol has been at the root of so much violence in the clubs I go perform at, even places considered rather benign.

    The few times I've gotten to perform for a crowd where the bulk of the drug use is marijuana, I've never had any problems with unruly behavior and general destructiveness.  Sleepiness, silliness, lack of focus, yes, but not in the same league at all.  I'll take that over the drunk crowds any day.

    And that supposed peer pressure, where you just have to smoke it many times daily because your friends won't let up on you?  Nope, doesn't happen.  My friends who smoke it even make an effort to keep it out of my general vicinity (plausible deniability on my part, plus I have drug testing for my job).  For the most part they're very respectful of other viewpoints.

    •  This is the thing (3+ / 0-)
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      I have indeed seen some people for whom marijuana use seems to consume their ambition and life.
      I have too, and have come to the conclusion that we should all be happy that is what consumes them. Some would be doing bad things if they weren't consumed with cannabis.

      I figure that if someone is getting high instead of other things they could be doing, there is a possibility that the other things they could be doing would not be what we would want them to do. Let them have at it getting high, and leave everyone else alone.

      There is this assumption that people will be decent if only they would quit using drugs. I think that is a big mistake.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 12:13:53 PM PST

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  •  This is a powerful diary. (5+ / 0-)

    You address not just a personal story but succinctly summarize everything wrong with the "war on drugs".

    For anybody stumbling by here, the diarist has another outstanding diary up:

    I hope you continue to work on your writing skills and share not just stories but your thoughts on those issues that have impacted you.

    "I'm not writing to make conservatives happy. I want them to hate my opinions. I'm not interested in debating them. I want to stop them." - Steve Gilliard

    by grog on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 10:30:26 AM PST

  •  I was once arrested for a cup with 1/2" of booze (3+ / 0-)
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    Granted I was outside a club, but the asshole cops shook me around and loudly asked me to stop resisting arrest (in front of the club's camera) then put me in jail overnight on misdemeanor consumption of alcohol in public.  

    They didn't do a breathalyzer test, which would have shown that was my only drink that night, and the judge threw out the case if I agreed to do 10 AA meetings.  

    I tend to think sometimes they go after the easy targets because gangs and drug dealers are too dangerous...and the easy targets end up paying a fortune in court fees and fines.

    Atheism is a religion like Abstinence is a sexual position. - Bill Maher, 2/3/2012

    by sleipner on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 12:43:26 PM PST

  •  heard a great talk on public radio (0+ / 0-)

    about prison in America & being declared a felon as the same as the Jim Crow laws -

    Michelle Alexander - really moving message - I didn't realize it was such a big problem - woke me up, a bit -

    "Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right." - Isaac Asimov

    by greenotron on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 05:12:51 PM PST

  •  What a great story! (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for telling it, and telling it so well.

    I have really mixed feelings about easy availability of MJ.  On the one hand, I hate the brutal un-American "war on drugs".  It punishes the poor, steals money from everyone except the "enforcers". And it doesn't solve any problems.

    But I'm glad that MJ wasn't very available where I grew up, and in the years I was a teen.  If it had been available, I would probably have used a lot more.   Now, I'm reading about recent findings in MJ medical research and thinking it ought to be tightly restricted for people under 21 years old for serious health reasons.

    Here's why:  Most of us know about the low motivation that results from chronic use.  That seems to be more of a choice of lifestyle.  But here is the more scary stuff I came across recently.  A new study reported in the scientific journal, Nature, showed that chronic MJ use during the teens is associated with a decrease of 8 IQ points when measured in young adults after teen years.  Abstinence from that point on didn't help them regain the lost IQ points.  

    Notice that "association with" does not prove that the MJ caused the drop in IQ, but looking back, I'm glad I wasn't a regular teen toker.  (Of course I may have knocked off a few IQ points with alcohol instead.)  It's an area that needs more study and better public policy before we deregulate MJ use completely.  However, I strongly support decriminalization of possession of small quantities of MJ.

    The other scary fact is that when teens toke, they have a dose-related increased risk of developing schizophrenia.  Here's a link to a lot of published studies on cannabis and schizophrenia.

    So, it's better to wait until you're 21 to toke up.  And if you are under 21, you don't see any reason to wait.  

    Bush hijacked the US with lies about 9/11 and crashed it into Iraq, killing over 500,000 human beings. So far, he's avoided arrest and prosecution.

    by Zydekos on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:47:14 PM PST

  •  I don't quite understand (0+ / 0-)

    Is the "guy with the courts" trying to link you with your grandpa's murder? He' fishing around for some cause to investigate you as the murder suspect? That when your grandma said you're a good boy, he became disturbed because he can't see any reasons/ excuses to detain you for further investigation?

    •  no.... (0+ / 0-)

      They caught the guy who murdered my grandpa within 3 days. There was no doubt about his guilt. He was hiding in bed at his girlfriends house, wearing the same blood stained clothes.

      He did NOT have to let me go. The sentence was for 1 year in the county. It was decided between him and the district attorney whether I should go to jail or just parole.

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