Skip to comments.Rahm Emanuel Backs Pot Tickets Over Arrests
Posted on 06/15/2012 8:07:39 PM PDT by Ken H
The Chicago mayor on Friday plans to back a proposed ordinance that reduces the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana within city limits. Emanuel said the change could free up cops for more serious crime and save the department about $1 million.
The mayor's office notes there were 18,298 arrests last year for possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis. Each case needed four officers to arrest and transport offenders, not to mention tax dollars to incarcerate them.
McCarthy, who seems to have warmed to the idea of some decriminalization, said last year's arrests tied up 45,000-plus police hours.
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fta... “Each case needed four officers to arrest and transport offenders, ...”
Is this another example of why labor unions for government employees should be dissolved?
Why would it necessitate four LEOs to haul in a teenager with a little doobie in his pocket, unless it was something demanded by the union thugs?
Ken, tell me you haven’t heard of any violence related to the drug trade in or near the United States.
Put the joint down. Back away from the T.V. table. Mellow out...
Yes, I know this is the dream of some Americans, but you’d soon have local civil wars going on with different ethnicities going at each other.
What happens when I trial verdict isn’t liked?
What happens when the NBA playoffs are over and the fans want to celebrate?
What happens when the union thugs don’t like some business doing things they don’t like?
The police are there to enforce the laws of our land. Sorry, I wouldn’t trust the morons in my town with my safety. Perhaps you’ve got the perfect town, but many of us don’t.
You are aware of drug related violence inside and outside the United States right? Here we go again, the potheads making the case that if only every drug were legal, there would be no problems. Good grief...
Why Indiana? Chicago is in illinois!
You mean, of course, Mexarkafornia don’t you? Has it’s world headquarters at Bentonville? Wal-Marts everywhere!
I don't smoke pot. I don't want to smoke pot. I won't smoke pot. But I'm not for government making it a criminal monopoly either.
All of a sudden Rham sure has a lot of friends on this forum.
What will happen is they’ll all go Medieval on everybody.
Sorry pal, your unconstitutional nanny-state drug war is about over. You must know this if you have more than a brain cell or two.
Actually both of them.. even tho I misstaked IND for ILL...
The Chicago machine is bigger than Chicago..
Johnny, the problem isn’t just pot. Some folks like pot. Others like morphine. Others like PCP. Others like Cocaine. Others like Crystal Meth. Some like huffing things that seriously screw with their brains.
You see, there’s always going to be a no, even to adults.
Adults grow up and accept it. Children do not. And yes, I’ve met an awful lot of 50 plus year old children in my lifetime. And I’m not just limiting it to drugs.
Sure, we can legalize everything. Then there’s only a black market to our children. Of course there are groups that want them to be able to do anything they can talk them into too.
I know it seems real simple. It isn’t really.
And then you’ll have problems too. I do believe the police have to be reigned in. This ‘everything is a perfect scenario for a SWAT team’ mentality needs to be severely restricted.
I don’t believe in no-knock raids. I don’t believe in this homeland security police state nonsense either.
Ken, the pie in the sky view that legalizing pot will solve all the problems of the world, is just that. Pie in the sky!
You can legalize every drug there is, and folks will still want something else legalized.
Okay, we legalize everything under the sun. Is there still a black market or not?
Unless you sign on to allowing every child under the age of 18 to do any drug they want, you’ll always have a black market. And then our children will be the focus of the only black market. Every resource by the cartels will be leveled at selling drugs to our kids.
Pretty soon you’ll have teachers being paid $100k per year to sell drugs to their students. It won’t be just one either. Every school will have numerous providers on our k-12th grade campuses.
You’re arguing for a situation that will see our kids the bullseye when it comes to selling narcotics. Sound like a great idea to you?
What say you to obeying the Constitution?
Free everyone to protect themselves.
Ken, you can try to turn this into a Constitutional argument if you like, but it is not unusual for the federal government to codify certain laws so that uniformity well exist across state borders.
If one state legalizes drugs, it an effective legalization for anyone in nearby states. It presents a real problem for states that don’t want to legalize.
This isn’t limited to drugs.
Thanks for your comments.
You just endorsed the expansive Commerce Clause at the expense of the Tenth Amendment. That's how we got fedgov control of health care, the environment, education etc.
Typical prohibitionist contempt for the Constitution.
That’s okay Ken. I know you’re trying. Take care.