Richard A. Posner, a conservative U.S. Court of Appeals judge…. “Personally, I don’t think we should have a fraction of the drug laws that we have. I think it’s really absurd to be criminalizing possession or use or distribution of marijuana”
Conservative US Court of Appeals judge, Richard a Posner has come out on the side of common sense and the American public. In his declaration before a packed Elmhurst College audience in Illinois, the judge stated his unequivocal support for doing away with many of the ridiculous federally mandated laws, putting insane prohibitions on relatively safe substances, in particular marijuana. As Posner stated, he sees very little discernible difference between cigarettes, alcohol and marijuana. While this topic was not high on his list for discussion, Posner was answering the more in-depth question regarding the US penal code and the constantly increasing power of the self-righteous prosecutors, who dish out morality based sentencing. During his extended explanation -Mr. Posner went on to express elevated concerns regarding how law enforcements first line of defense in the “war on drugs” is paid by the surrendering human liberties.
I’m skeptical about the other drug laws. I don’t know how much we know, for example, about whether cocaine is really a disabling drug or whether it’s something people can take and lead more or less normal lives. Clearly there are, you know like LSD, obviously very dangerous drug, although I don’t think we have a good idea how many people really jump out of windows because they’re taking LSD. … There are problems, but I think the notion of using the criminal law as the primary means of dealing with a problem of addiction, of misuse, of ingesting dangerous drugs, I don’t think that’s sensible at all. And that is responsible for a high percentage of our prisoners, and these punishments are often very, very severe. [source]
Judge Posner criticized the extent and depth of this troubling issue. One In which the current penal system has been planned, designed and implemented to garner the harshest punishments possible, and levy them against societies least violent inhabitants… Pot smokers. While the conservatives loved Ronald Reagan, and hailed him as a drug hating neo-con, Judge Posner and his relatively libertarian leaning thought process, was originally appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, by then-President Reagan. Judge Posner has earned the respect of conservatives throughout the country, yet he’s troubled. His point of concern is highlighted by the statistics surrounding marijuana arrests for 2009. In that one year alone… there were 858,408 Americans arrested for some type of marijuana law infraction. That being said, when one digs down into the statistical data, we find that 758,593 of them — or approximately 88% were arrested and incarcerated for possession only. Does that make sense to anybody? Source: Marijuana.com