Wednesday, May 04, 2005

The outrages never cease....

This is just disgusting.

Summary here. Or for those of you to lazy to lift your right index finger and click on your mouse:

The focus of the drug war in the United States has shifted significantly over the past decade from hard drugs to marijuana, which now accounts for nearly half of all drug arrests nationwide, according to an analysis of federal crime statistics released yesterday.
The study of FBI data by a Washington-based think tank, the Sentencing Project, found that the proportion of heroin and cocaine cases plummeted from 55 percent of all drug arrests in 1992 to less than 30 percent 10 years later. During the same period, marijuana arrests rose from 28 percent of the total to 45 percent.

This just makes absolutely no sense. Can we please stop arresting/imprisoning/hassling people who possess marijuana? Is this a legitimate use of limited law enforcement resources, to bust and arrest people who smoke pot?

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