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Some additional perspective when watching the Super Bowl

Demaryius Thomas was 11 when his mother and grandmother were taken from him and sent to prison for 20 years and life respectively as part of our unending drug war.

He’s certainly done well — better than most others who have lost family to the drug war. Finding your way is so much more difficult when your family has been taken prisoner.

I have no knowledge of the details of Demaryius Thomas’ mother and grandmother’s arrest and imprisonment. Maybe they are bad people — I don’t know (but I doubt it). What I do know is that they were swept up by bad laws.

And they are part of a story of thousands of families across this country that have been senselessly broken by this destructive and costly drug war.

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30 comments to Some additional perspective when watching the Super Bowl

    • War Vet

      Technically an officer that is.

      • Nunavut Tripper

        After getting her face ripped to shreds she still gets charged. I’d love to know what she had on her.

        I can’t imagine having a job where I terrorize people every day…..wouldn’t want that karma.

        • War Vet

          Probably meth was what she had and probably only a small amount. But then again, the media would have said Meth as a way of making it seem almost like she got what she deserved (for less pity) and it could have been pills or weed. Oklahoma still calls pot, narcotics and if one has been arrested for pot in Oklahoma, the officer will ask about one’s narcotic’s arrest during a routine traffic stop.

          I hope the dog gets to stay with a good family on a nice big farm and never be forced to do this again (which I think is a form of animal abuse) and the audacity of the cop to leave the woman’s face inside her car. I cannot believe that a relative had to leave and go retrieve the face.

          I bet he gave the wrong signal to the dog and gave the dog the signal to attack like they do during training. Human abuse and animal abuse.

  • skootercat

    Seattle coach Pete Carroll had some interesting medical marijuana thoughts for the NFL:

    “I would say that we have to explore and find ways to make our game a better game and take care of our players in whatever way possible,” Carroll said at a news conference Monday following his team’s first practice of Super Bowl week. “Regardless of what other stigmas might be involved, we have to do this because the world of medicine is doing this.”

  • DdC

    Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel 202: Marijuana in the NFL Web …

    Demaryius Thomas google
    ☛Demaryius Thomas’ mother, grandmother will watch him play yahoo.com
    ☛Demaryius Thomas’ biggest fans will cheer from prison usatoday.com
    ☛FOX 31 Exclusive: Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas kdvr.com
    ☛Prohibition News cannabis.hawaiinewsdaily.com
    ☛ESPN: The Worldwide Leader In Sports
    ☛Electrifying Demaryius Thomas’ Had a Real Life “Weeds” Experience
    Minnie Pearl Thomas sold drugs — marijuana — for the first time in 1986, and was arrested for the first time that same year. Despite her first trip to jail,

    NFL’s Buzzkill

  • Howard

    This story provides perspective as well;

    http://tinyurl.com/kle84er

    • Howard

      And more perspective.

      Quote from Jeff Mizanskey;

      “Since I’ve been here in prison, I’ve met lots of people in for murder, rape, robberies, all kinds of violent crimes. I’ve seen a lot of them go home on parole. Don’t I ever get a chance?”

      http://tinyurl.com/m88fk6t

      LIFE in prison for a non-violent marijuana charge? Since Missouri’s governor is too much of a coward to do what needs to be done, our current president needs to pardon this guy right now.

  • Crut

    Don’t want to register to comment there, but you can really feel the cognitive dissonance from the comments and the up/down votes. They are still trying to blame the violence inherent in the system on the drugs, and not prohibition. You also can easily see the people with a raw instinct to punish.

    One day, hopefully in my lifetime, society will finally realize that ridding ourselves of any prohibition (on inanimate objects), and replacing it with reasonable regulation will reduce a significant amount of violence in the world. The detractors will say that we are fighting for a utopia of non-violence, but we really just want a BETTER world. This is the truth that Marijuana legalization will bring to the table over the next few years. Let’s make some history folks!

    • NorCalNative

      …A raw instinct to punish!

      Not all football fans are illiterates, but based on the comments section of this article it sure looks that way.

  • Common Science

    Common Science here gang: Sorry to go OT on this story but if ever I needed help…
    Roger Jakubiec needs some couchmates to go on his Facebook thread now. A former right wing Canadian politician has jumped in on a conversation going on my posted petition to Obama. It’s just ‘ All the children doing drugs in Holland’ right now but I’ve seen him kill conversations with a ‘…and they don’t have that problem in Singapore’ shite. I’m on the road with this finicky cell phone but can ‘friend’ for your valuable input. 

  • Nunavut Tripper

    “INTEREST IN TRAVEL TO DENVER GETS HIGH”

    Colorado became the nation’s first state to permit the sale of recreational marijuana, starting Jan. 1.

    And since then, interest in travel to Denver has soared. Coincidence? Probably not. A data research company found that searches for airline travel deals to Denver have been outpacing searches for all other U.S. destinations, with a big surge starting Jan. 1.

    The study by Hopper Research in Boston found that interest in travel to Denver climbed 6.3% above the national average in December and then jumped 14% during the first week in January. The study looked at billions of travel queries through online travel sites and bricks-and-mortar travel companies. ”

    Ha ,is Denver poised to become the North American Amsterdam ? Denverdam
    I was reseaching airfares to Denver myself and this came up. Sounds like a nice place but I’d wait a year for the cannabis infrastructure to mature .

    http://www.mapinc.org/newstcl/v14/n095/a03.html?256

    • darkcycle

      Well, they beat Washington to the first open outlets, and Washington State did everything in their power to discourage pot tourism. They will regret those decisions, if they aren’t already. I suspect the WSLCB already wishes they had a do-over.

      • Duncan20903

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        Now, now, the State of Washington only made 1 very small mistake. Unfortunately that single mistake was hiring a professional confidence artist with absolutely no working knowledge of any kind of market, black, gray, for profit, not for profit, free, crony capitalist, oligarchical, Monopoly, government controlled, none of them. Just one little mistake and 7 million people get Kleimanned. It’s very sad.

        But we do need working examples of failure as well as success so the State of Washington’s mistake may yet serve the greater good. Huh, as if that’s any consolation. Yes “Prof.” Kleiman, we know that you’re a fraud.

      • claygooding

        Wait until nobody but nerds hit the beaches next month

  • Duncan20903

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    I opened my news search for today a few minutes ago and I just about dropped dead from shock and disbelief. I suppose most all of the regulars have seen my concession to Poe’s law where I make fun of the idiot sycophants of prohibition by substituting masturbation for cannabis and list the reasons why masturbation has to remain illegal for the good of society. Yes people, I know masturbating in private isn’t illegal, or even in public view if you’re an ape. They call it parody for a reason you know.

    This one is from the “life imitates boilerplate exercises in stupidity” category:

    The Pot Blog Polls: Is marijuana more dangerous than masturbation? How about the war on drugs?
    January 27, 2014

    There’s an absolutely classic slide show with 20 separate poll questions in the format “Is cannabis more dangerous than [fill in the blank]?” I’m not sure that he could have picked a better picture for “more dangerous than drinking alcohol” without actually including violent physical injury.

    BTW, the poll under “Is marijuana more dangerous than masturbation?” is a dead heat at this very moment, 48 yes, 48 no. Of course I voted yes.

  • claygooding

    Every commissioner in every professional sport should announce at the same time MMJ use is allowed under a doctors care whether they live in a MMJ state or not,,that way a New York Jets player can get a script from a state that allows out state patients to get a card,,,otherwise,,if they have to live in the MMJ state or play for a team from a MMJ state you want be able to find an apartment in Denver for all the professional athletes moving there and next years tryouts for the Broncos will take 3 weeks just see them all play.

    We have a green rush going now,,can we handle a Ben-Gay rush?

    • claygooding

      That way if a player gets busted with MMJ in his pocket and he has a card,,regardless of what the state where he is busted in it doesn’t get the player in trouble with the league.

      • Duncan20903

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        Nice save clay, I was just about ready to point out that the rules have to be the same for every player in the NFL because otherwise players in non-medical States would be at an unfair disadvantage to those in States that protect medicinal cannabis patients from prosecution. But I must say that I’m not sure if just removing League sanctions would turn the trick. Would a Dallas Cowboy actually be on equal footing to a San Francisco 49er even with equal treatment by the league rules? Only an idiot prohibitionist could believe that cartel brickweed can serve as medicinal cannabis.

        I’d really like to know where this connection to football came from. If you recall in the not too distant past I used organized youth football leagues as an example of the hypocrisy of the “what about the children” crowd. I don’t even know where the heck that one came from even though it popped into my brain one day. It’s not as if I spend any of my time thinking about other people playing football without some outside stimulus.

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        Why was Ben gay? Because Menthol ate him!

        • claygooding

          it would stop teams losing players during the season,some of their best players,,that has to be harming the teams more than equal access
          The only thing is it will sound strange and make players harder to distinguish when they are all out of Denver.
          Coming on the field for NY is Smit,Jones and Yeagor all hailing from Denver .CO.

  • DdC

    On Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel I posted above, the interviews with NFL players said it was better for aches and pains than legal opiates. He estimated half of the players use. When they interviewed the dope commission and explained the medical benefits without the addiction or doped up feelings his thought was maybe they need to piss test more. The payers said it was only done, I think he said once or twice a year with plenty of notice. Before spring training so players could use it off season and not get popped.