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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 5:56 pm    Post subject: Missoula County to Cops: Stop Arrests for Pot Reply with quote

Good news;

http://missoulian.com/articles/2007/10/20/news/local/news02.txt

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Nearly a year after voters made the Garden City a little greener by asking county law enforcement to ignore adult marijuana offenses, Missoula's top prosecutor has adopted an official policy to uphold the referendum.

“In the interest of compliance with the 2006 voter initiative on marijuana ... we are asking law enforcement officers to stop arresting individuals or writing and submitting tickets (with mandatory appearance dates) where the offense committed is solely possession of marijuana in misdemeanor amounts or possession of drug paraphernalia intended for use of marijuana,” according to a draft of the policy by Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg, an outspoken opponent of the measure.

Van Valkenburg's policy also instructs deputy prosecutors to charge misdemeanor marijuana cases on a lowest-priority basis when marijuana is the sole offense
“We will treat them as uncharged cases that will be assigned to a prosecutor and charged on a lowest priority basis,” according to the policy. “If charged, we will seek issuance of a summons with the complaint.”

If a defendant is charged but has no criminal record of consequence, county attorneys will offer a deferred prosecution agreement rather than filing formal charges. No court appearance would be required.

Dubbed Initiative 2 and approved by 55 percent of Missoula's electorate in last November's election, the countywide measure asked law enforcement to make adult marijuana possession offenses the lowest priority. It also established a community oversight committee to investigate marijuana arrests and produce a report on the initiative's effects one year after passage.

The committee will annually track and report to taxpayers how much local government time and money is being spent on adult marijuana offenses as compared to other law enforcement issues.

On Friday morning, a quorum of the nine-member oversight committee met to discuss final details of the annual report, which will be available to members of the public on Nov. 14.

The committee's chairman, John Masterson, said the initial report will lack some data, and blames the shortcomings in part on the records-keeping processes at several Missoula County and state agencies.


Most people don't know this, but that's how Cannabis became de-criminalized in the Netherlands. The de-criminalization and legalization process in the Netherlands started with a memo to all police offices from the Dutch minister of justice which told the police to stop persecuting people for Cannabis use and to focus on crime that has more priority, like violent crimes, burglary, etc. because there always are crimes which really are more important for the police to go after than folks smoking a jpint, the cops stopped to harass Cannabis users.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't wait for the day when we, the people, vote in a mandatory minimum sentence fofr law makers and law enforcers that break laws. I would love to see a law that makes a cop have to do 10 years if he breaks any type of law at all. I'd love to see a new law that makes a law maker have to do 25 years for breaking any law.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree Jason. There should be a ZERO TOLERANCE for mischief, misbehavior, broken laws, passing unconstitutional laws, etc.

ZERO TOLERANCE.

They play that game with us and cannabis which is truly harmless, but when law enforcement breaks the rules, it is extremely harmful both to their reputation and to the citizens on the receiving end, whereas cannabis cultivation, distribution, and use harms nobody and always involves consenting parties on both ends...hmm.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 12:40 am    Post subject: This Is great Reply with quote

Shocked We should all do this!!! How would I (we) go about getting this done in our homwtowns? Any bigger picture approach?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brother Adam wrote:
I agree Jason. There should be a ZERO TOLERANCE for mischief, misbehavior, broken laws, passing unconstitutional laws, etc.

ZERO TOLERANCE.

They play that game with us and cannabis which is truly harmless, but when law enforcement breaks the rules, it is extremely harmful both to their reputation and to the citizens on the receiving end, whereas cannabis cultivation, distribution, and use harms nobody and always involves consenting parties on both ends...hmm.


I see a Mandatory Minimum Sentence for Law Enforcement that break laws as the only solution to this insanity.

First just about Everyone will vote for this law, well, everyone that is Not Law Enforcement. This is how it would work.

Say in California. The people of this state voted in Medical Marijuana but still have Law Enforcement raiding them. Well, being hat MM is a law raiding card holders is breaking that law and if there were penalties for LE breaking laws they would drop harrassing MM card holders.

You see, once a state protects itself and it's laws other states will follow. Next thing you know there are National Mandatory Minimum Sentence Laws for LE that break the law. Now we can start voting in laws knowing that these laws will not be ignored by LE. How would the DEA feel about raiding a medical marijuana patient knowing that they will be facing a states MMS law?

What we need is protection from the state then we can start changing laws that need to be changed.
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