Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

10 responses to “Public Defender Wants to Legalize Pot”

  1. Oswald Krell

    Where are the real Libertarians on this?

    Seriously: you claim to be libertarian when it comes to taxes. A real libertarian (either upper or lower case “L”) believes in legalizing pot.

    I always find it odd how the ‘libertarians’ go strangely silent on this topic. 

    Generally, “libertarians” are all for keeping the gov’t away from poor wittle corporations who are so powerless with all their money,  but they don’t seem to mind the gov’t telling us whom we can marry, what we can do in the bedroom, and that pot has to–HAS TO!!–be illegal.

    Well?  I’m waiting. The libertarian silence is deafening. And indicative.

    1. RightToWork

      What’s there to say? It’s a no-brainer. At least 80% of the Anchor Rising folks are in agreement on this issue.

      You’re better than the “silence is deafening” argument made by Pat Crowley and the other BS propaganda artists when they get low on material for the week. I’m sure that you wouldn’t want people putting words in your mouth on any number of topics.

    2. RightToWork

      And indicative of what, exactly? I’ve never heard a self-proclaimed libertarian say that they were in favor of keeping pot illegal. It’s kind of central to the whole philosophy. Can you name even one person? What are you basing this on?

    3. jgardner

      Oswald, what are you talking about? You’re complaining at a lack of libertarian response on a post that’s been published for less than 8 hours? C’mon now. Bob has done a few posts recently about marijuana decriminalization/legalization, and there have been comments on those posts.
       
      And I don’t know what libertarians you know (certainly none who comment on RIF), but none that I know support cronyism, none that I know support the religious right’s attack on homosexual marriage, none that I know support the Santorum-style attack on our right to privacy (aka what we do in the bedroom), and none that I know support the Fed gov’s failed “war” on drugs of any kind, not just marijuana.
       
      In all honesty though, RI could completely legalize marijuana tomorrow, and while it’s a good message to send the country and the Federal gov, it won’t make a bit of difference because it’s still violates federal law.

    4. jgardner

      Oswald, what are you talking about? You’re complaining at a lack of libertarian response on a post that’s been published for less than 8 hours? C’mon now. Bob has done a few posts recently about marijuana decriminalization/legalization, and there have been comments on those posts.
       
      And I don’t know what libertarians you know (certainly none who comment on RIF), but none that I know support cronyism, none that I know support the religious right’s attack on homosexual marriage, none that I know support the Santorum-style attack on our right to privacy (aka what we do in the bedroom), and none that I know support the Fed gov’s failed “war” on drugs of any kind, not just marijuana.
       
      In all honesty though, RI could completely legalize marijuana tomorrow, and while it’s a good message to send the country and the Federal gov, it won’t make a bit of difference because it’s still violates federal law.

      1. RightToWork

        Maybe not legally for the moment, but I do think the way we will see legalization is for the states to continue pushing the envelope. The Federal government doesn’t have enough resources to fight the drug war all on its own, and people will come to view the Federal laws as out of touch if the states are all moving in the opposite direction. The fact that drugs are illegal in all the states justifies the Federal laws in the minds of much of the population and they see the distinction as academic. A stupid viewpoint, but a common one that could be changed. If we sit around waiting for the Feds to change their laws, we’ll be waiting forever.

  2. patrick

    “a bill tonight that would make possession of less than an ounce of pot punishable by $150 ticket instead of up to a year in jail.”

    A $150 ticket? For what? Why not remove all penalties? I think many could argue that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco. So why not treat it the same way? If I want to buy a couple thousand bottles of whiskey and have that in my house, that’s legal, right? If I legally purchase a couple thousand cartons of cigarettes in RI, I can keep that in my house, right? So why less than an ounce of marijuana? If you really want to decrease the time spent on prosecution and decrease the overcrowding in prisons, treat it like alcohol or tobacco. There’s no faster way to eliminate the black market than to just make it all legal.
    We have age minimums for tobacco and alcohol and we have usage laws like DUI. It’s laughable that we treat this any different.

    And many here would consider me the far right wing. 

  3. patrick

    “it won’t make a bit of difference because it’s still violates federal law.”

    It would be interesting to see if federal law violates federal law. There were no drug laws written into the US Constitution, right? So then wouldn’t the 10th Amendment apply? 

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  5. RI Progressive

    Like gay marriage, this will be a slow process toward an inevitable reality.

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