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It is nice to see that this discussion is taking place. I have often advocated that as this country moves for more reasonable drug policy, amnesty for persons previously convicted of drug crimes needs to be considered. It appears Maryland will take the lead on this debate.

 

“We shouldn’t have folks, particularly younger folks, prejudiced,” Feldman said. “This is real-world stuff and it just seems incongruent to have on the books prospectively that this is no longer a crime and yet have thousands of young Marylanders hampered with this criminal record.”

If the bill passes, there will be both revenue for and costs to the state as people pay to get their records cleaned and the courts pay employees to go through the requests, but exact costs are not available, Feldman said

 

http://www.myeasternshoremd.com/news/kent_county/article_84712ed6-0fd1-5f41-aedb-3f0a210b3c54.html

 

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Cops and prosecutors often consider possession of marijuana a "crime of enhancement" I think they call it. Cops want to charge someone they arresting with as many infractions as possible so that:

a) the "perp" goes to jail for as long as possible even if some charges are later dropped for various reasons, such as lack of evidence or improper procedures

b) they can excert more leverage to get a plea deal by showing that confessing and pleading guilty would be better than facing all the charges they came up with (whether real or pulled out of the air)

 

So, cops/prosecutors may dislike watching someone they really, really wanted to see locked-up, evidenced by the many initial charges, to later get released from his conviction/incarceration simply because the only charge that stuck was the pot conviction, which is then given amnesty for.

 

I hope that made sense. Cops figure that everyone must have done something wrong at some point, so cops need to try to convict anyone they come across. It's kinda' their job and reason to exist. After you draw the attention of the cops, you deserve to get locked up.

 

Father gets home from work and smacks his kid out of the blue, saying, "You probably did something today to deserve that!".

 

 

edited to include italicized text in first paragraph: "...  for various reasons, such as lack of evidence or improper procedures."

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Cops and prosecutors often consider possession of marijuana a "crime of enhancement" I think they call it. Cops want to charge someone they arresting with as many infractions as possible so that:

a) the "perp" goes to jail for as long as possible even if some charges are later dropped for various reasons, such as lack of evidence or improper procedures

b) they can excert more leverage to get a plea deal by showing that confessing and pleading guilty would be better than facing all the charges they came up with (whether real or pulled out of the air)

 

So, cops/prosecutors may dislike watching someone they really, really wanted to see locked-up, evidenced by the many initial charges, to later get released from his conviction/incarceration simply because the only charge that stuck was the pot conviction, which is then given amnesty for.

 

I hope that made sense. Cops figure that everyone must have done something wrong at some point, so cops need to try to convict anyone they come across. It's kinda' their job and reason to exist. After you draw the attention of the cops, you deserve to get locked up.

 

Father gets home from work and smacks his kid out of the blue, saying, "You probably did something today to deserve that!".

 

 

edited to include italicized text in first paragraph: "...  for various reasons, such as lack of evidence or improper procedures."

 

 

Thank you

 

It is so true

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