18 October 2005

Yeesh! The lesson here is to be extremely careful where you smoke your dope after the local hurricane shelter has kicked you out (probably for smoking weed).

BTW: Check out the rest of Camp Katrina, a blog by SPC. Phil Van Treuren, Legal Specialist, Ohio National Guard JAG Corps.


Ken Lammers said...

BananaJunior said...
Oh, giggle, giggle, ha ha, choke! People going to jail for doing something that everybody, like the President on down, has pretty much done at least once. Oh ha ha ha, what a knee-slapper.

And to think the poor fools thought that the soldiers and police had more pressing concerns than the smoking of a harmless herb during a national emergency! What schmucks! Giggle, giggle, choke choke, let's put them on a list to make sure they'll never have a job better than fast food or get college financial aid to better themselves because we're just hi-larious!

Ken Lammers said...

There are any number of stupid laws on the books. The marijuana laws aren't even in the top 5 I'd change or get rid of if I were king for a day (maybe top 10).

And thank you for telling me the consequences of conviction of such an offense. 'Cuz I've never stood in court dozens upon dozens of times trying to keep some kid's future from being destroyed because campus police found him smoking or a ranger found her out in the woods passing it around with a bunch of buddies.

They pulled up next to a military unit to smoke. The military, an organization which is so paranoid about drugs that they wake you up at 4:30 in the morning on random days to come in and take urine tests. The military, an organization which is going to have guards posted who are supposed to be watchful and suspicious. They should get a pass when it turns out they are doing something illegal in that situation?

When you deal with this sort of thing every day you either develop a dark sense of humor, cry a lot, or go insane. I don't think I've gone insane yet (others may disagree) and I reserve my tears for cases far more important than this.

Ken Lammers said...

BananaJunior said...

Well, you have battled many injustices and told the tales. But I think the victimless crimes are the top 10, top 5, and top 1 because that's something EVERYONE has done. I mean, technical firearms violations are [garbage] and unconstitutional, to be sure, but not everyone even has a gun.

And you may not know that there are people who, upon realizing that they'll never have a middle-class existence thanks to this spot on their record, will deliberately end their lives. I've seen it happen.

So it's worth the tears, I think. And I hate all the ex-hippies who now run the government. There are 51 people with absolute pardon power in our government, none of them use it, they're all happy to punish people for the same [stuff] they used to do and I think they're all subhuman monsters because of it. Even some who I voted for, who I thought were competant leaders, are still at heart sick and monstrous.

Ken Lammers said...

You're correct, I've never seen anyone end his life because of the future effect of a marijuana conviction.

In fact, my experience has been that just about everyone gets a pass on a first possession of marijuana (assuming no other circumstances). In fact, I've seen a number of people get two passes. One time the marijuana possession becomes possession of paraphernalia. Another time the defendant is ordered to do community service and submit to random tests to make sure he is not using. And this is conviction-rabid Virginia.

In Louisiana I could only find Louisiana Revised Statute 13:5304 which allows someone convicted of marijuana possession to go to a program and have the charge dismissed. I don't know how local jurisdictions handle things like reducing marijuana possession to a non-possession charge but I suspect it happens.

Anybody out there who practices in La. who can tell us how you've seen it handled?