The Patriot Act came as a result of 9/11 and the road blocks the Feds found while investigating the money trail.
Have any of these states filed lawsuits to fight this?
What's wrong with the prison population being so high? There was a quote from Slick Willy back in the 90's saying something to the effect that "prison population climbs but crime is down." Shouldn't it be that the prison population climbs AND crime is down?
The problem with our justice system the way I see it is the judiciary. Repeat offenders are a huge problem, so why are they back out on the street?
Are there any stats comparing crime from alcohol vs. drugs vs. tobacco? When was the last time someone mugged someone at gunpoint so he could get enough for a pack of smokes? These people are doing this to get their next fix of something harder than tobacco and alcohol in most cases.
Patriot Act: I don't understand the response. I was simply stating that many folks are in an uproar over certain provisions of the Patriot Act, but the 'War on Drugs' has done more to erode civil liberties than the Patriot Act. Are you agreeing?
Lawsuits: Should a state be required to spend taxpayers money to sue the IFG for something that you have said is a power reserved by the state?
Prisons: Hell no we don't need more Americans in prison.
1. We have to pay for it with our taxes.
2. You put a non-violent marijuana dealer--you know, that goofy dude that sold weed in the dorms in college... the guy down the hall from you-- in jail with murderers, rapists, and armed robbers, then tack on a felony conviction that all but assures he isn't going to get a great job, then folks wonder why he's a repeat offender.
Basically, if it took an amendment to the US Constitution to ban alcohol, why shouldn't it take an amendment to ban other drugs?
I think it's a tragedy that the government can prevent a person from exercising an INALIENABLE right because they got caught with a joint. Next time, it could be anyone caught with tobacco... but if you* don't smoke, that wouldn't affect you* either.
As far as the social cost of "addicts" committing crimes... how has Prohibition II stopped it?
* you in the general sense, not you specifically, wsweeks.