Crackheads vs. Potheads, And Guess Who Wins?

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Philip Dawdy at the Seattle Weekly posts a dispatch from the drug wars, in a state where voters have actually approved relaxations on medical marijuana. The law's vague enough to encourage growers, while allowing neighbors with axes to grind—like in Dawdy's lead, a bitter crack dealer—to call in the fuzz and make a bust.

Around the state, neighbors tattle on neighbors smoking pot. Still.

At times, the police rush in and seize all the pot and cash in the house. Patients have little defense at times like these: The authorized "recommendation" form (a quasi-prescription) that many carry means little to many cops.

Last week, prosecutors in Lewis County filed charges for growing pot and possessing paraphernalia against the mother of a Chehalis teen, a medical marijuana patient with a doctor's recommendation–in this case, from a University of Washington clinical professor. Her son has severe brain trauma and physical pain from an accident and spends his days in a wheelchair. His mother is his appointed caregiver, and she had a few plants in a backyard shed. Sheriff's deputies raided the small grow.

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  1. I set the odds at 10 to 1 against the pot-heads. Jonesing crack-heads are among the most agressive people on earth. They’re like wolverines.

  2. Another purpose of government is to prevent social evolution from heading in a “good” direction.
    If fish had had government, we never would have become land animals.
    Anarchist speaking (again).

  3. “I set the odds at 10 to 1 against the pot-heads. Jonesing crack-heads are among the most agressive people on earth. They’re like wolverines.”

    One thing most potheads aren’t is aggressive. Back in the ’70s I ran a bar with a pretty blue collar clientele. Potheads were my favorite customers because they never got blind drunk, never started fights and basically never caused any trouble at all. They listened to music, chatted among themselves and played pool. If there was trouble the potheads weren’t involved. I’ll take the potheads over the juicers any day.

  4. The legal charge for purchase (RTFA) intrigues me. Do they have a law specifically against buying, or was it charged as facilitating the sale or distribution, or conspiracy to distribute (to oneself)?

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