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I’m A Joker, I’m A Smoker, I’m A Midnight Toker

by gwolinetz on March 4th, 2009

Kudos to the NY State Assembly and Senate for stepping up their efforts to repeal the draconian Rockefeller drug laws. From the New York Times:

The proposal, scheduled to come to a floor vote late Wednesday afternoon, would be the first pivotal step in a push to dismantle the laws that tied judges’ hands and imposed mandatory prison terms for many nonviolent drug offenses.

The Assembly’s proposal restores judges’ discretion in sentencing in many lower-level drug possession crimes. Judges would be able to send many offenders to treatment programs instead of prison without receiving consent from prosecutors. In addition, the measure would permit about 2,000 prisoners to apply to have their sentences reconsidered.

Let’s face it: there’s a pretty big difference between a guy that wants to get high and stare at his hands and a guy that robs a liquor store at gunpoint to score some drug money. These laws didn’t make sense when they were signed, because like many laws that seek to address what the public views as a crisis, they were written reactively. Maybe if Rockefeller and his advisors had sat down and written a law that was thought through and made sense, we’d have a better understanding of drug abuse and be more educated about drug use.

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