Marijuana bust in Shelby Township, Michigan nets 1700 pounds by alert undercover officer on Tuesday, 3-30-2010.
The officer apparently stumbled upon a parked semi with the motor running, and observed 4 men transferring large green bales to a pickup truck at approximately 11:30pm Tuesday night.
Fox 2 Detroit quoted Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Leman stating, “We’ve called the DEA… and they’re going to assist us on a case. There’s a federal law that states… possession of over a thousand pounds comes under federal jurisdiction. So, we’re going to work with them and try it federally.”
Because of the amount of marijuana seized, the defendants face a mandatory 10 years in prison according to federal sentencing guidlines. We might as well go back to the times of Reefer Madness with a sentencing scheme like that.
Taking up 4 bed spaces in a federal prison for 10 years because of a pot bust seems draconian at best. However, there will be some who applaud the actions of this police department for making the bust, while murderers, rapists, carjackers, and armed robbers run rampant in, and outside of the metro Detroit area.
And while they are patting each other on the backs, we have people suffering all over America because they can’t get the medical marijuana they need to lead a half-way decent life.
Yet we have laws for medical marijuana approved at the state level, but illegal federally., and infighting at community levels as they spastically create ordnances, and other tactics to bar medical marijuana dispensaries. Even the Michigan legislature is trying to pass a law criminalizing medical marijuana users from growing their own pot by providing a 2 year prison sentence if caught.
It’s understandable that this drug should not be used by those who are still developing both physically, and psychologically because it does have a negative impact on that process, but people who need it for medical reasons should not be hindered, or punished for growing it.
Of course, there is a big difference in growing a few plants for personal use, and 1700 pounds of pot loaded in the back of a semi, but the laws are way out of wack with reality.
Also, the criminal prosecution, and lengthy sentences imposed for large amounts of marijuana that exist today are not in line any longer with the general population’s beliefs regarding the substance. Yet the Michigan Liquor Control Commission has increased the issuance of liquor licenses, including those for beer & wine, despite significant population drops in several couinties where they are being issued. What’s up with that?
Lately, law enforcement seems to be more concerned with busting people for marijuana than other crimes.
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There is no debate about hard drugs, and those selling them because they do indeed cause serious problems for those abusing it, as well as those addicted, and the community at large. But it’s time to de-criminalize pot with something more than lip service. Even the police are running around like chickens with their heads cut off because they are confused about the medical marijuana laws as well.
Coming from a former substance abuse counselor, one might find this contradictory. It isn’t. Medical use of marijuana is the right thing to do, and putting people in prison for the substance is the wrong thing to do, taking up valuable space for the murderers, rapists, carjackers, and armed robbers that seem to be having a field day lately.
If you or a loved one needs help with any type of drug abuse/addiction problem, contact these sites depending on where you live. SEMCA (Wayne County residents), CARE (Macomb County residents), PACE (Oakland County residents), Drug Free Detroit (City of Detroit residents). For those residing outside the State of Michigan, contact SAMHSA for assistance. For assistance with medical marijuana contact The Michigan Medical Marijuana Association, or Michigan Medical Marijuana Certification Center.
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