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Published on April 29th, 2013 | by -swansong-

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Drug War Hypocrisy:Assemblyman Caught With Marijuana



In this article titled, Drug War Hypocrisy:Assemblyman Caught With Marijuana, we’ll look at the recent arrest and plea bargain of a US Assemblyman/drug warrior. We’ll also explore the continuing hypocrisy of a nation with a President that has admitted to smoking cannabis conducting a “war” on same.

Drug War Hypocrisy:Assemblyman Caught With Marijuana

Maybe you’ve been there, yourself. It’s Friday night and the work week is rapidly becoming a distant memory as you prepare for a night out on the town. The plan is to meet up at a friend’s house, have a few drinks, smoke a couple of joints and catch a cab to the club/lounge/bar/pub/watering hole.

You slap on the cologne, grab your car keys and the last few grams of the stinkiest herb you’ve had in quite some time and head for the car. Oh man, you’re stoked. It’s been a long week and you’re ready to cut loose. Plus, that girl from the coffee shop said she was going to be at the club tonight. Maybe…..maybe……

You turn the key, throw in one your favorite rockin’ party tunes and hit the road…ahhhh yeah, that’s the stuff.

 



 

All of a sudden your kazoo and accordion groove is broken by a sight in your rearview mirror.

police lights

Damn! You look down at the speedometer and realize your enthusiasm got the better of you. You were going 15mph over the speed limit. The officer informs you of your speed, asks for your license and asks if you’ve been drinking. S/he asks you to step out of the car and then asks if you mind if S/he searches your car. Like an idiot, you agree.

What happens next will depend greatly on where you happen to be. The cannabis is found and you may be placed under arrest, given a road-side sobriety test or maybe taken for a blood sample. If you’re taken for a blood sample and you’ve ingested cannabis in the recent past there’s a good chance you’ll test positive and also be charged with DUI.

Depending on where you are you may be taken to the police station, charged with possession of a controlled substance, fingerprinted and placed in a cell where you’ll wait to be arraigned. You may even have to make bail.

From this point on your life will never be the same. You may lose your right to drive, be saddled with a criminal record that will limit your job prospects and your ability to travel. Not to mention the onerous financial burden that will be placed on you through the levying of fines. You may even lose whatever job you have at the time, further burdening you and your family.

cop on pot

Fortunately if you’re a Republican Assemblyman from New York, none of this nonsense applies to you, even if you’ve been a staunch supporter of the war on drugs/medical marijuana and the penalties it imposes.

Drug War Hypocrisy:Assemblyman Caught With Marijuana

Steve Katz

Medical Marijuana-Hating Assemblyman Caught With Marijuana Gets Charges Dismissed

NY State Assemblyman Steve Katz, who was arrested for alleged pot possession last month after voting against the legalization of medical marijuana last year, apparently won’t be forced to feel the full weight of his hypocrisy: an upstate judge has dismissed his case thanks to a plea deal.

In March, Katz was pulled over at a car stop in Albany, and officers found less than 25 grams of pot in his vehicle. But the charge—a violation carrying up to $285 in fines—will be dropped, provided Katz completes 20 hours of community service and refrains from law-breaking for a year. “We said from the beginning that this would be quickly resolved, and it was. And we’re very happy this is done,” Katz’s lawyer, Susan Chana Lask, told reporters yesterday. “[Katz is] more interested in doing his work for the people and the state as a civil servant and moving forward.”

For lovers of irony the fact that Katz has served on the Assembly’s Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee should provide some glee. If so, his comments just days prior to his arrest should provide hysterics.

Katz Cites Anti-Drug-Message in Flyer in District

In fliers to constituents, the Yorktown Republican, who serves on the Assembly Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee, warned: “Our community has been stricken with an increase in drug use and drunk driving by our youngest citizens.”

“We need to keep criminals and their drugs off our streets and away from our kids. New York must be tougher on crime, especially in preventing repeat offenders from recidivism.”

Drug War Hypocrisy:Assemblyman Caught With Marijuana

Yes, those criminals need to be kept off the streets and away from our children. Especially those repeat offenders. Oh. Did I mention Katz has been arrested before? Katz is a veterinarian by trade.

 



 

In the end Katz received a 75 dollar fine and will have possession charges dropped if he completes 20 hours of community service work. Even his speeding charge was reduced to a lesser parking violation!

The war on drugs is a farce. It’s mostly an excuse to harass and profile minorities and incarcerate those same people at exorbitantly higher rates. Like so many other laws it’s more about control than it is about safety.

But, brother, if you’re going to make it a point as a lawmaker to deny sick people access to a safe and natural medicine and saddle young people with criminal records that will follow and affect them for the rest of their lives, then you damn well better be prepared to face the music and resign your position when you are shown to be a hypocritical douche-bag.

obama smoking pot

Considering the example being set by Barack Obama on this issue it shouldn’t surprise us to see such hypocrisy on display. In Obama we have the man occupying the most powerful position on the face of the earth admitting to casual and pleasurable cannabis use as a college student while at the same time prosecuting and persecuting people at ever increasing rates for doing precisely the same thing.

C’mon, Barry. Quit being a douche. Don’t bogart that joint.

 



 

Update 5/4/13

I am not what one might call a “fan” of Bill Maher. I find him to be what is popularly termed a media “gate-keeper” or “useful-idiot”. Regardless, he did recently say something with which I agree and that fits perfectly with this article.

He took a moment out of his panel discussion to comment on something President Obama said during the Whitehouse Correspondents Dinner, namely…

“The media landscape is changing so rapidly you can’t keep up with it. I remember when BuzzFeed was just something I did in college around 2 AM,” Maher relayed. “And that pissed me off because, you know, there are actually people in jail. There are something like 750,000 people who get arrested for pot every year.”

Indeed. It should piss us all off. The guy is making a joke out of the millions upon millions of people that have been forced into the criminal justice system for doing something he laughingly admits to doing himself.

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What are your thoughts on Drug War Hypocrisy:Assemblyman Caught With Marijuana? Should Katz resign? Should Obama legalize it, already?

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4 Responses to Drug War Hypocrisy:Assemblyman Caught With Marijuana

  1. Pilot says:

    The drug war is exactly what you say it is: control. Period. Profits for CIA goons, and jail sentences and fines for everyone else. That Katz motherfucker makes me sick…well, you asked.

  2. Bittercritter says:

    We were so sure Carter was going to end the prohibition then – disappointment followed by Reagan/Reagan/Bush. Then the drug war began in earnest once Len Bias died with crack in his system. Nevermind that National Recconaisance Office and Olly North were bringing in Coke and trading it for weapons for the Contras cuz they were the GOOD GUYS. The hypocrisy reached insane levels years ago. I can hardly imagine it getting worse but rest assured they’ll figure out a way.

    • -swansong- says:

      We’ve had our own flirtations with legalization up here…but something always comes along to kill the buzz.

      The tide has turned. Politicians haven’t caught up yet.

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