Enough Already - We Have to End Prohibition
Yesterday, police in Montgomery County, GA posted this picture bragging of their arrest of Hank Ogle and the confiscation of these marijuana plants. I, with thousands of other people, were collectively angered, bewildered and frustrated by this action. They have since removed the post from their Facebook page, presumably because of the extreme backlash from people who are fed-up with this type of policing.
This bust will likely cost tax payers in the 6 digits when you add up the man hours used, the helicopter, prosecuting the case, and jailing the defendant. For what? To get a few God given plants off of someone's private property? That money could have been used to lend a hand to the 25% of people who live below the poverty line in Montgomery County.
I'm mad because the gentleman who got arrested is likely going to experience significant hardship because of this arrest. I'm mad because the drug war is a scam that does nothing to actually alleviate the problems faced by society. We spend billions on this "war" and the only winners are the private prison system and law enforcement who get to use seized money to buy new toys.
It's time to wake-up and start demanding that our tax dollars not be used for this kind of nonsense anymore. The laws need to change but until they do I would urge law enforcement to put marijuana possession in the same bucket as the other ridiculous laws we choose not to enforce in this state like donkeys may not be kept in bathtubs and no one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday.
These are real human lives that are being destroyed and about $500 per second being wasted on this failed war.
If you feel like I do, please get involved. Call or email the Montgomery Country Sheriff's office and demand the release of Mr. Ogle. Contact your local NORML group. Learn how we can fight back with tools like jury nullification. If you're a member of the law enforcement community, you too can get involved in ending this insanity by joining up with L.E.A.P. (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition).
And stay tuned here. I'll be talking a lot more about legalization and harm reduction in the upcoming issue of the new Hidden South Journal. If you'd like to be notified when the first issue hits the virtual stands, subscribe below to receive Important Updates.