I’m a dog lover, but marijuana laws are stupid and racist.

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A coffee shop in Amsterdam.

I did a lot of weed in college.

High school too.

That was back in the sixties.

Not so much since then.

In fact the last time and one of the few times I got high from smoking marijuana was several years ago on a trip to Amsterdam. I visited what they call there a coffee shop. I bought a joint that the owner promised was low octane. It left me tripping the rest of the day. And that was only half the joint, since I shared.

I am only telling the story to make it clear that I have no personal investment in legalizing marijuana in Illinois.

But marijuana laws are racist and stupid.

Mick Dumke now writes for Pro-Publica. But back in 2011 Mick wrote an expose of the racist nature of marijuana laws for the Chicago Reader.

The ratio of black to white arrests for marijuana possession in Chicago is 15 to 1, according to a Reader analysis of police and court data. And by the time the cases make their way through the court system, the gap widens even further: the ratio among those who plead or are found guilty is 40 to 1.

Here’s another way to look at it: almost nine of every ten people who end up guilty of possessing marijuana in Chicago—86 percent, to be precise—are black men.

I haven’t checked recently on the data, but a walk around my Logan Square neighborhood would convince anyone that young white twenty-somethings already have legalized marijuana.

Maybe not officially. But nobody seems too worried about being arrested or prosecuted.

There have been recent changes to the law in Chicago. Possession is a misdemeanor and pursued with less vigor.

But the law leaves a lot to the discretion of the individual cop. We know the racism that come with leaving too much to the discretion of the individual cop.

A recent claim by the police caught my eye.

If marijuana is made legal in Illinois they will have to kill the pot-sniffing dogs.

Police agencies spend thousands of dollars and months of training to teach  dogs how to sniff out and alert officers to the presence of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and other drugs. If pot use becomes legal, the dogs would likely either have to be retrained — which some handlers say is impossible or impractical — or retired. Because many K-9s are trained not to be social so their work won’t be affected, Larner said a number of dogs would likely have to be euthanized.

That, my friends, is what is known as some kind of threat.

Keep marijuana illegal or we kill the dog.

6 Replies to “I’m a dog lover, but marijuana laws are stupid and racist.”

  1. SMH, first, in my hey day (my 30’s and 40’s), I trained dogs to bark, not bark, agility, relearn stuff, dogs, in some ways, are much better students than people.BUT the bs that we have to kill the K9 drug unit (when there is a law that says all will be rehomed)…tells you something about THAT law enforcement officer.

  2. Everything is racist inside your pothead. Legalize pot, no wonder you were an art teacher. You probably smoked up with your morning coffee. God help our youth.

    1. I’m thinking if white folks smoking weed meant white folks would be more anti-racist, our problem would be solved. No such luck.

  3. Tribune has a story that the dogs would actually be OK. Sorry you were not there for Glen¹s award and acceptance speech! Bob Lyons

    From: Fred Klonsky Reply-To: Fred Klonsky Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 2:14 PM To: Bob Lyons Subject: [New post] I¹m a dog lover, but marijuana laws are stupid and racist.

    WordPress.com Fred Klonsky posted: ” I did a lot of weed in college. High school too. That was back in the sixties. Not so much since then. In fact the last time and one of the few times I got high from smoking marijuana was several years ago on a trip to Amsterdam. I visited what they”

  4. This group is interesting. We openly share our thought on marijuana. One of our hosts uses it frequently now that he is a retired cop. We started a Podcast/blog (through WordPress) that has reached over 30,000 people called Policing in Black and White. We DO NOT make money from this. We are TWO FORMER COPS who host a show for both sides of the community. We tell it like it is. If a cop is wrong, we nail him. We stick up for citizens of any skin color if they have been wronged. We also supports police who are in the right as well. We use our real stories as officers to communicate to the public. Both hosts were involved in deadly shootings as well. Feel free to listen and use our comment page!
    http://www.policingblackandwhite.wordpress.com

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