Synthetic Drugs

Please Don't Help the Alabama Authorities Catch This Escaped Drug Dealer

Dyron Rashad Primus is serving 15 years for synthetic marijuana charges. That's absurd.

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Synthetic marijuana
Decatur Police Dept.

Alabama media outlets are blaring out a warning (including a mug shot) from the state's Department of Corrections that Dyron Rashad Primus, 27, has escaped from a work release facility in Decatur and is on the loose.

Media reports note that he's serving 15 years for first-degree marijuana possession and just leave that detail to lay there for observant people to ask, "Fifteen years for marijuana possession?"

The reality is slightly more complicated, but the truth is still a significant indictment on how Alabama perpetuates the drug war. Primus was arrested back in 2014 after a police search of his home turned up a bunch of synthetic marijuana packages, which he likely intended to sell. So the conviction was not just for possession, and it wasn't just marijuana. Synthetic marijuana can be much more dangerous than the real thing, and it can be adulterated with any number of chemicals that can cause severe reactions.

But ultimately, we have our own drug war to blame for the spread of synthetic cannabis. Back in 2014, as panic about the dangers of synthetic marijuana began to grow, Reason's Jacob Sullum noted that the attempt to ban the marijuana plant is what led to the creation of these artificial counterparts. Even the Drug Enforcement Administration has acknowledged that the federal pot ban plays a role in this problem.

At any rate: Synthetic weed may be more dangerous than the plant, but a 15-year sentence is nevertheless absurd. Check out the text of Alabama's first-degree marijuana possession laws. Primus was clearly convicted of having the drugs for "other than personal use." But the state also has a two-strikes law for simple marijuana possession for personal use only. It's a Class D felony, mandating a sentence of no less than one year, and no more than five years, plus potentially up to $7,500 in fines. You don't have to be a dealer to spend years in jail just for pot possession in Alabama.

It would be utterly irresponsible for I or for Reason to suggest that you should assist Primus in his efforts to evade the law. So I will not recommend that. But if you do happen to think you see him, perhaps you could suddenly receive an important text on your phone that needs to be read very carefully.

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35 responses to “Please Don't Help the Alabama Authorities Catch This Escaped Drug Dealer

  1. WHAT ABOUT THE RULE OF LAW!?!?!!?!?

    1. “Rule of law” does not mean blindly obeying statutes enacted by an arbitrary group of men.

      1. It would be better named “rule of legislation” to give it proper respect.

      2. Huh. Isn’t there something about the best way to get rid of an unjust law is to have it rigorously enforced?

        1. +10

    2. It’s quite the libertarian thing, I’ve heard.

      1. Aiding and abetting is a crime and perfectly with keeping with Libertarian fundamentals.

        Drug laws are unconstitutional at the federal and state levels, since no Constitution in the USA provides the governmental power to ban products or services.

        Using jury nullification or whatever to keep this guy from being convicted of unconstitutional drug crimes is very Libertarian.

        Breaking the Rule of Law to help a duly convicted person remain-at-large is not Libertarian.

          1. Yup people like you are funny.

            Its why we laugh at your funny comments between our discussions.

              1. I’m wondering about the “we” part. Is he referring to socks? distinct personalities? other patients in the mental ward? Either way, how many do you think he has in there with him?

            1. Poor Reason interns. They need to increase web traffic but trolling only works so well.

        1. Aiding and abetting ______ is a crime and perfectly with keeping with Libertarian fundamentals.

          fugitive slaves?

          Using jury nullification or whatever to keep this guy from being convicted of unconstitutional drug crimes is very Libertarian.

          Ok, but it’s very unlikely to happen.

          Breaking the Rule of Law to help a duly convicted person remain-at-large is not Libertarian.

          Shut down the Underground Railroad. It’s so unlibertarian.

          1. the northern states that didnt have slavery didnt have to return slaves until the fugitive slave act.

            So… the underground railroad was perfectly legal for residents of non slave states, which is why congressed passed the fugitive slave act.

            slaves didnt escape from prison which would make this similar to this case. Slaves were property and if you helped them it was considered receiving stolen property.

            You people and your stupid arguments.

          2. The law is an ass. Blind worship of “the Law” aids and abets tyrants and demagogues whose hostility to liberty should be a capital offense. Our founders fought and killed Brits to gain their (and our) freedom: subsequent generations pissed it away.

    3. Scott Shackford would rather advocate aiding and abetting a desperate prison escapee than push Congressmen with both hands to repeal the Controlled Substances Act.

      People who risk going back to prison do desperate things like carjack and use weapons to get away.

      1. What makes you think he didn’t advocate both? Try reading next time.

        1. Poor alphabet troll, cant read and keeps having links fall off.

          1. Not even trying, are you? The link is TFA you didn’t read. But since you never supply links yourself, I can understand why they baffle you.

            loveconstitution1789|12.3.18 @ 10:20AM|#

            Do you need me to link the rules of NAFTA and USCMA so you can compare and contrast the “worseness” for us?

          2. Poor troll. Reason needs to increase web traffic so are comment section are full of them.

            1. *our

  2. Shackleford is like Cronkite telling us that the Vietnam War is hopeless. Well, sir, the Global War on Drug Users is not a failure until the last available tax dollar is used up. Then maybe.

  3. All together now: Fuck off slavers.

    Jesus the drug war is a fucking catastrophe.

  4. Dyron Rashad Primus

    They want him in jail because they’re jealous of such a powerful name.

    1. Primus sucks!

  5. Because The Doors version of The Alabama Song isn’t quite weird enough…

  6. It would be utterly irresponsible for I

    This is a grammatical monstrosity that corrupts the blood of our youth. It is far more dangerous than illicit drugs and government needs to do something.

  7. “Synthetic marijuana can be much more dangerous than the real thing, and it can be adulterated with any number of chemicals that can cause severe reactions.”

    It sure as hell is; seen way too many patients totally f’d up on something you can’t even test for [the Chinese are very creative that way]; it is a dangerous substance and the guy is not doing anyone any favors if his intent was to sell it so please excuse my lack of sympathy for said fugitive.

    Having said that I agree that the whole drug war, focusing an substance that is essentially harmless, is what brought us to this nasty piece of work. How unlike the government to have intentions that pave the road to hell…

    1. I don’t care where the road goes, as long as the guys paving it are union.

      /Prog

  8. Can we stop comparing drug criminals to fugitive slaves? That’s like the left comparing every refugee on the face of the earth to baby Jesus.

    Selling drugs is a choice, being a slave is not. I imagine most of us all are in favor of breaking unjust laws, but that can easily become a slippery slope. Most libs think immigration laws and borders are very unjust.

    1. +10

      Reason wont risk life and limb to demand an end to the controlled substances act but demand that readers risk life and limb for drugs, buttsex, and ‘Mesicans.

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  10. If you see something, keep quiet. New slogan to combat the prison-industrial complex. Hope he manages to maintain his freedom.

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