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Reno 911 strikes again

We all had a good laugh a couple of days ago with the story of the undercover police selling drugs to the undercover Sheriff’s deputy in Statesville, NC. Well, here’s another one that looks like it came right from the files of Reno 911, this time from El Paso, Texas.

The sheriff of Hudspeth County […]

Cook County going to pot

Again, i got all excited – today’s Chicago Sun Times — plastered across the entire front page is a picture of someone smoking a joint with the headline screaming Cook County going to pot

If you‰re busted carrying a small amount of marijuana in portions of Cook County patrolled by the sheriff‰s police, you may get off with just a ticket.
In a move that caught the sheriff‰s office off guard, the county board on Tuesday voted to decriminalize possession of less than 10 grams of pot in unincorporated areas of Cook County. Those are the parts of the county not claimed by Chicago or its suburbs.

Oh. Still…

Leading the charge was Cmsr. Earlean Collins, a Democrat who admitted her grandson was busted for carrying a small amount of marijuana. She said arrests like that clog the jails.
‹They got my grandson…he had a half of joint in the car,Š Collins said. ‹They stopped him. They took him to the police station. They impounded his car and let him out the next morning. Why do that?
‹A lot of kids make a mistake, have a little marijuana, and they can avoid going to jail or court.Š

Yeah, it’s a bitch when it hits your friends and family, isn’t it?
The measure still needs to be signed by Count Board President Todd Stroger, who said:

‹I don‰t know,Š Stroger told CBS2. ‹I wasn‰t paying enough attention to it. I‰ll find out about it later. I can‰t comment on it.Š

Congress approves medical marijuana? … wait for it …

I got pretty excited for a minute when I read the breathless news from Liberty Counsel reported on CNW:

… liberals in Congress have nonetheless passed a $768 million dollar Financial Services Appropriations bill š without allowing debate š that will force taxpayers to pay for the destruction of innocent human life in the District of Columbia. Additionally, the bill š which President Obama supports š would legalize medical marijuana, fund a needle exchange program to provide intravenous drug addicts with clean needles to continue injecting illicit and often deadly drugs, eliminate money previously allocated for a drug prevention campaign…

Still…
Too bad about taxpayers funding the prohibition apparatus that keeps killing innocents in the drug war, but the rest of that sounded pretty good. Why haven’t I heard that much about his in other sources?
Ah, it turns out the Liberty Counsel isn’t a libertarian group, the CNW is the Christian News Wire, and the legalized medical marijuana is merely about lifting the ban that prevents DC residents from voting on it for their district.