Law And Order, Your Tax Dollars, And Your Right To Own, Smoke, And Sell Plants
A quote from an article by Ashley Portero at IBTimes on how drug offenses are filling up Federal prisons -- more than violent crimes:
Statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation reveal more people were arrested for marijuana possession than all violent crimes combined in 2011.
Since 1998, individuals arrested for drug crimes have constituted the largest portion of federal prison admissions, followed closely by those arrested for immigration and weapons-related offenses. Meanwhile, the CRS reports there has been a significant drop off in the number of inmates entering prison for violent or property-related crimes, which only made up about 4 percent and 11 percent of prison admissions in 2010.
A huge portion of those drug offenders are arrested for marijuana offenses, even though the substance - now legal in 18 states for medicinal use- has become increasingly mainstream.
So, instead of your tax dollars going to fund stopping muggers, murderers, rapists, they're prosecuting and jailing potheads.
Oh, and by the way, also from the piece:
Federal prisoners do not have the ability to receive parole, when correctional authorities release low-risk inmates into community supervision for the remainder of their sentences.
Inmates sentenced after November 1, 1987 are no longer eligible for parole, meaning every offender sentenced since then must serve the entirety of his or her sentence. As a result, there have not been enough prisoners released to make way for new inmates as federal sentencing rates ballooned in the 1990s and early 2000s.