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Support Senate Bill 714 and help legalize pot!
    #227666 - 05/18/09 09:54 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

(also posted in the Shroomery)

The bill, if passed, will set up a commission to undertake a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system, make findings related to current Federal and State criminal justice policies and practices, and make reform recommendations for cost-effectiveness, overall prison administration, and fairness in the implementation of the Nation’s criminal justice system.

Jim Webb, the author of the bill, said that legalizing marijuana is an option. It has received (silent) support from Obama himself.

Right now, the bill is stuck in committee, but you can help by writing to members of the Judiciary Committee in support of the bill.

Here is a list of the Judiciary Committee's members. The ones in bold are NOT sponsoring the bill, so focus on writing to them. Mention marijuana legalization, but don't spend the bulk of your letter/email on it. I don't want us to be brushed off as just a bunch of stoners with too much time on their hands. You can contact these senators using this site: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
Sen. Thomas Coburn [R-OK]
Sen. John "BIG JOHHHNNNN" Cornyn [R-TX]

Sen. Richard Durbin [D-IL]
Sen. Russell Feingold [D-WI]
Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]

Sen. Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
Sen. Charles Grassley [R-IA]
Sen. Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
Sen. Edward Kaufman [D-DE]
Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
Sen. Herbert Kohl [D-WI]
Sen. Jon Kyl [R-AZ]

Sen. Charles Schumer [D-NY]
Sen. Jefferson Sessions [R-AL]
Sen. Arlen Specter [D-PA]
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR]

Here's the first part of the bill. This is pretty much our ONLY CHANCE of getting marijuana legalized this congressional session, so write to to the people in bold and get them to support this bill.


    Congress finds the following:

    (1) The United States has the highest reported incarceration rate in the world, imprisoning a higher percentage of its population than any other country. The American incarceration rate is five times the world’s average incarceration rate. A total of 2,380,000 people are in prison.

    (2) Although criminal justice laws and legal procedures depend heavily on State and local law, and although a majority of those imprisoned in the United States are held in non-Federal institutions, the conditions under which Americans are incarcerated and the manner in which former inmates reenter society is a compelling national interest that potentially affects every American citizen and every locality in the country.

    (3) The American public and their elected officials at all levels of government overwhelmingly support the punishment and incarceration of violent criminals, as well as those who direct and participate in criminal enterprises.

    (4) Minorities make up a disproportionately large share of prison populations. Black males have a 32 percent chance of serving time in prison at some point in their lives; Hispanic males have a 17 percent chance; white males have a 6 percent chance.

    (5) The number of persons on probation and parole has been growing along with institutional populations. There are 7,300,000 Americans incarcerated or on probation or parole, equal to 1 in every 31 adults, an increase of 290 percent since 1980.

    (6) The number of exoffenders returning to their communities from Federal and State prisons rose to 725,000 in 2007, an increase of 19.9 percent since 2000, and a more than doubling in the past 2 decades. On average, 2 out of every 3 released prisoners will be rearrested and 1 in 2 will return to prison within 3 years of release.

    (7) Spending on corrections consumes an increasingly large portion of resources at all levels of government. Corrections expenditures compete with and diminish funding for education, public health, public safety, parks and recreation, and programs specifically designed to reduce the prison population. An analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that over the past 20 years, inflation-adjusted state spending on corrections rose 127 percent while higher education expenditures rose just 21 percent.

    (8) The National Gang Threat Assessment reports that there are approximately 1,000,000 gang members in the United States. According to reporting by local law enforcement, gangs commit ‘as much as 80 percent of the crime in some locations’. Gangs are primary retail distributors of illicit drugs, some of which operate at the regional or national level. According to the 2008 National Drug Threat Survey, 58 percent of law enforcement agencies report gang involvement in drug distribution.

    (9) The combination of gang activity and the movement of illegal drugs into the country has resulted in unprecedented levels of sophisticated, organized violence along America’s southern border and in hundreds of American communities. More than 6,000 people died in Mexico in 2008 alone as a result of drug-related violence.

    (10) Despite high incarceration rates for drug-related offenses, illicit drug availability remains consistent. 86 percent of high school students report that it is ‘very easy’ or ‘fairly easy’ to obtain marijuana. 47 percent report the same for cocaine, 39 percent for crack, and 27 percent for heroin.

    (11) Those addicted to and abusive of illicit drugs are an estimated 10 to 20 percent of the drug using population, but account for an estimated half of all illicit drug consumption. Treating addiction will significantly help decrease demand.

    (12) Drug offenders in prisons and jails have increased 1200 percent since 1980. Nearly a half million persons are in Federal or State prison or local jail for a drug offense, compared to an estimated 41,100 in 1980. A significant percentage of these offenders have no history of violence or high-level drug selling activity.

    (13) Prisons and jails nationwide have become holding facilities for the mentally ill. There are an estimated 350,000 men and women in prisons and jails with serious mental disorders. Approximately 4 times as many mentally ill people are in prisons than in mental health hospitals. Prisoners are 2 to 4 times more likely than the general population to be schizophrenic, depressed, bipolar, or suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Approximately 73 percent of mentally ill inmates suffer from a substance abuse disorder.

    (14) Prisons have become public health risks. The number of State prisoners with HIV is 2.5 times greater than the general population. The number of State prisoners with hepatitis C is 9 times that of the general population.

    (15) Prison administration is uneven, lacking clear, affirmative standards of training and performance, varying greatly from institution to institution, locality to locality, and among Federal, State and local jurisdictions.

    (16) According to a 2007 Bureau of Justice Statistics survey, an estimated 60,500 inmates (or 4.5 percent of all Federal and State inmates) experienced 1 or more incidents of sexual victimization involving other inmates or staff. Analyses suggest that official records of assault in prison (both physical and sexual) only reflect 10 to 20 percent of all assaults in prison.

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Re: Support Senate Bill 714 and help legalize pot! [Re: inkblot]
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Re: Support Senate Bill 714 and help legalize pot! [Re: bobby]
    #227898 - 05/19/09 09:49 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)


bobby said:


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Re: Support Senate Bill 714 and help legalize pot! [Re: Dr. Siekadellyk]
    #228577 - 05/20/09 03:02 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I'm writing them today!


"The answer is never the answer. What's really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you'll always be seeking. I've never seen anybody really find the answer -- they think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer."  ~Ken Kesey~

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Re: Support Senate Bill 714 and help legalize pot! (moved) [Re: inkblot]
    #428171 - 06/03/10 10:40 AM (11 years, 19 days ago)

This thread was moved from Growery News Service.

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