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I Don’t Care What The Judge Said!

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  1. Juries may very well have the right to judge the law in addition to the crime. But it is, like all rights, fraught with responsibility and the possibility of abuse. Mr. Straun stated that “the drug laws are unjust and a moral obscenity” as his defense of the defendant’s crime of possession. To take this argument to its logical conclusion, then, if the defendant had possessed marijuana with the intention of selling it to kindergartners, would that have been okay as well? If the defendant had possessed meth, or cocaine, or heroin, would that have been okay? What if he had possessed these drugs with the intention of selling them to preschoolers? What then? It is not enough to simply state one’s beliefs and then attempt to defend them with the “right to judge the law” without first examining the law and why it is in place. The active ingredient in marijuana is THC (tetrahydrocannibinol)and it is a psychoactive drug, and it has been proven to be addictive. Highly addictive in fact. The pro-marijuana people like to obscure this medically proven fact, in order to deceive people into thinking that marijuana is harmless. It is not. To say that the marijuana user is only harming himself is also not true. What of the users family? What of those who depend on the user to be of clear a clear mind in specific situations? What kind of incidents could occur if a crane operator was under the influence while at work? Or drivers on a busy expressway? Or cruise ship captains? (well, we know the answer to that, don’t we?). Your attempt, Mr. Turtel, to legitimize and over simplify the use of illegal drugs (which are illegal for a reason) does nothing more than expose your lack of concern for not only your own health and safety, but the health and safety of others. But as long as there are people who do so, the drug rehab companies will remain in business. I suppose that’s one way to stimulate the economy.

  2. So this FOOL doesn’t like the too-soft dope laws and conned the rest of the jury into ignoring the law? This is one time a judge should have overruled the jury and put this scumbag in jail with the dopehead!