Paulie wrote:All kidding aside, if people are going to trash themselves, they
will regardless of how many you lock up. Education against use, legalize,control, and tax most drugs. People are going to
do what they want anyway.
Agree with all your points!
(personally, I think it's just a matter of time b4 we realize this & stop trying to outlaw what, IMO are victimless crimes)
Edit: Let me expand on that a bit:
First, a disclaimer: I speak for no one but myself & my views do not represent DEA , U.S. Justice Dept or anyone other than me.
Now that' I've covered my butt (something us government goons are very good at
) I'd make the point that, left to ourselves & with politics removed from the equation, federal agents generally try to do the right thing & prioritize their work pretty well.
Case In Point
Unless pushed into something by Washington for political purposes (generally), DEA Agents prefer not to do any case work on marijuana cases. We realized that very little harm is done by users of weed, & we'd rather spend our time on more dangerous drugs & drug pushers.Example
:-All DEA field offices regularly get telephone calls from irate citizens (usually women) who want to turn in the teen dealer on the street corner who they know is selling weed. When these calls come in, they are announced by the DEA receptionist/operator over the PA system as "Any Agent" calls, (i.e. "Any Agent...Line 2") meaning the call is general in nature. The new agents will try to beat the next guy in picking up these "Any Agent" calls in the hopes of developing some informants.......The bread & butter of police work. After listening politely to the woman & feigning interest, we would invariably thank the caller for the info, congratulate them for their civic watchfulness & then we would simply call the local PD & give them the info....Case closed!
(I'm sure the locals did the same thing with our calls
DEA Agents realize that the job we do is kinda like trying to empty the Atlantic Ocean with a teaspoon, so we prioritize the cases & go after the real bad guys who sell drugs but are typically also involved in worse crimes too...ie stolen guns, protection scams, terrorism, murder for hire, cop killing ....... you name it.
Every so often a case like this comes up http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/200 ... pot-raids/
& which is usually a response to a Washington bureaucrat's interest, but which most DEA Agents hate to do. This case was a hold-over from the Bush admin & I doubt would have gone forward if the new admin knew about it.