I agree with Radley Balko on this one…
On the one hand, my default position would be that no one should lose her job, her reputation, or her freedom over marijuana. Iâ€™d also imagine most people would be sympathetic to someone who recently lost a spouse in a car accident. It would also appear that in this case, the police found the pot after entering this particular womanâ€™s home illegally.
On the other hand . . . according to the source in the story, if this had happened to your average resident of Tennessee, they at the very least would be subject to a criminal investigation.
But there was no investigation. Which is likely because this woman wasâ€”and still isâ€”the director of the Tennessee state agency â€œwhose mission is to eradicate marijuana.â€
Speaking of Balko, his latest piece is out at Huffington Post: The New Panic Over Prescription Painkillers
Drug enforcement measures in place for decades have filled jails with poor and minority offenders, marred police officers’ credibility in the neighborhoods they patrol and fractured communities, Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle agreed at a forum Wednesday night.
The “Tea Party” aspect seems a bit irrelevant to this story, but the key thing is that drug warrior Paul Chabot seems willing to do just about anything to sink further into the slime of the drug war. Fortunately, his treachery is blunted by his idiocy.
Fun with headlines:
Implication: Grow op causes fire that kills pets
â€œThe fire literally destroyed every room in the living area,â€ Basque said. â€œThe living room, kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms â€” it was all destroyed.â€
Firefighters found 75 to 100 marijuana plants growing in an attached garage. The residents had a license to grow the plants, Basque said.
Though the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Basque said it did not start in the garage.
I guess “Fire in house kills six pets” wasn’t interesting enough.
Again, no surprise here.
Getting gramdma to try pot (fun video)