blankman wrote:What you're doing is attempting to say having pot isn't a crime, or that you shouldn't be punished for it. It is a crime though, and therefore he should be punished for the crime he committed. I don't care whether he actually sold it or not; the substance itself is illegal anyway.
I don't think anyone is arguing that. What we are arguing is our judicial priorities. How is it that a child molester recieves less jail time than someone involved in drugs? Yes, each of them are crimes, and I'm not arguing against dealers going to jail, just that if the sentence for dealing drugs is six years, the sentence for child molestation should be
more than six years. To say the child is better off with this man not in prison is asinine and really is not relevent to the case. The government has the responsibility of protecting its people. Obviously, they didn't do so here, otherwise this man wouldn't be free to commit the same crime again without some sort of punishment. Who cares about measley child support dollars at this point; the girl has been violated to the point where every penny this guy earns after his release from jail should be hers anyways. Why can't the government loan the family money? Grrr...believe me, there's nothing that gets me going more than criminals being let off-the-hook, especially when it's offenses this serious.
And as far as marijuana being a harmless drug, I don't see how that is. It alters your mind-set and doesn't allow you to percieve things as they are. It's harmful in the short-term for that reason; I haven't wasted time trying to find studies for the long-term although it has to do damage to your lungs and probably to your brain, at least to your feeling sensors. Sure, it doesn't make sense why alcohol is legal and marijuana is not, since too much alcohol at one time will kill you; not the case with marijuana. Either way, it doesn't matter. If you're caught with the drug you do jail time, just like if you molest a child you do jail time.