Cops Pull Man Over for Passing the Police Department Three Times in One Night Contradict Themselves Multiple Times

Patrick Roth submitted a video of a traffic stop he was forced to participate in after he passed the police station for the third time in one night. Three police officers were involved but only one of them seemed to think it was about a cracked windshield. The other two were more interested in determining who kept driving past them and defending themselves from an imagined war on cops.

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The Only People Cops are Keeping Me Safe From is Their Supporters

This originally started as a Facebook rant but I felt like I touched on some good points and wanted to elaborate on them further in a more appropriate forum and to a larger audience.

I have been threatened so many times by those who blindly support any action committed by the Thin Blue Line Gang it’s not even funny. In fact I’ve had copsuckers tell me if it wasn’t the for the police presence they would attack me… I’ve even had uniformed police officers approach me and tell me if it wasn’t for them one of their supporters would have attacked me for my opinion or my peaceful actions. I guess this validates their perception that they in fact are keeping me safe, but ironically fail to connect the dots that the very people they are claiming to protect me from are In fact their most dedicated supporters.

How about that for some police state irony?

What I have gathered from these engagements, is that the people who support the police are the ones who need the police. Not to protect them from ambiguous hoodie wearing thugs but to restrain them from committing violent acts against anyone who challenges their fragile statist belief system.

The serious criminals have already said fuck the police and they are prepared to go as far as to kill, anyone not just law enforcement, to protect their profits. A simple way to eliminate these criminals would be to end the war on drugs and legalize individual choice. One cannot legislate another into freedom and choosing to continue a violent campaign that ruins lives and escalates tensions between law enforcement and the communities they serve only makes life more dangerous for everyone.

Instead of recognizing that the actions of the police when enforcing these arbitrary dictates as damaging as a whole. These miscreants cling to their oppressors out of the childish fear that without them they would be unable to act in voluntary fashions with those around them. They have been so conditioned to believe that without a government watching over them it would be chaos, they have been rendered effectively helpless without their government minders.

Well you wanna know what chaos is? Chaos is over one thousand people killed by cops in the US as a yearly average. Chaos is mass incarceration for victim-less crimes. Chaos is being forced to pay for monopolized services that you may not want or need. Chaos is having to comply or die.

Most of the people on this planet have already voluntarily agreed not to harm one another without just cause and as such do not need an institution that enforces arbitrary dictates at the barrel of a gun. They are perfectly capable of exchanging goods and services, as well as, doling out justice in an equitable fashion without the help of a 3rd party middle man.

So why then do you continue to defend the outdated idea that because humans are naturally bad, a separate group of humans armed to the teeth, is necessary to enforce the rules of an entirely different group of humans? If you truly believe yourself capable of interacting voluntarily with those around you than you have already transcended the need for any law other than “do no harm.”

 

Supreme Court Agrees to Reconsider Life Sentence for Pot Grower

Last Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to reconsider the lifetime sentence that was handed out to Lee Carroll Brooker, a 75-year-old disabled veteran suffering from chronic pain.

A 2011 drug bust brought Booker and his son down on cultivation charges for growing a few dozen cannabis plants on his sons property.  The weight of the plants was approximately two kilograms, triggering an Alabama law that requires a mandatory minimum sentence for anyone who has prior felony convictions and is in possession of greater than . . .  you guessed it . . . two kilograms of marijuana.

In total, the weight of all plant matter collected was just 2.8 pounds. Which is actually less than a full two kilograms.  Brooker’s son was sentenced to five years of probation and five years of prison, the prison sentence has the possibility of being suspended if he does well on probation.  During his sentencing hearing the trial judge told Brooker that if he could render a lesser sentence he would. Last year Roy Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court wrote a six page opinion in which he stated that the sentence was “excessive and unjustified,” and said it revealed “grave flaws” in the state’s sentencing laws.

The foundation for Brooker’s argument is that the punishment violates his 8th amendment prohibition of cruel and unusual punishments. Life without parole is the 2nd harshest punishment that a criminal offender can receive. The harshest is the death penalty and one could argue that it is more compassionate to die in your sleep than to have to live the rest of your days in a cage. Regardless, neither should be mandatory sentences for any crime.

A life sentence for growing some plants in your backyard does more than show the “grave flaws” in sentencing laws but it also proves that the most dangerous threat to our freedom is people who, regardless of their own conscience are, in their own words are, “just doing their job”.  The sentencing judge publicly displayed his disagreement for the punishment and still chose to enact it because it was his job to ruin this man’s life. While the judge himself would never drag Mr. Brooker or his son to a cage himself, he has no problem ordering their caging against his own moral constitution.

The police officer whose job it is to capture Mr. Brooker and take him to the cage will do so because it’s his job. The jailer will proceed caged and guard him because that is his job and none of this is about what is right but is only what is legal.  Lee Carroll Brooker is one of at least 14 people serving life in prison for pot and is one of eight who are over the age of 62.

Toronto Maples Leafs Feel Snoop Dogg’s Logo is Bad for Business

The Toronto Maples Leaves, a Canadian team in the National Hockey League, has filed an opposition to Snoop Dogg’s application to trademark the logo for his company ‘Leafs by Snoop’.

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Conservationists Sue Mendocino County Over Cannabis Farming Laws

The Mendocino city council recently voted to quadruple the amount of cannabis plants allowed to be cultivated, so long as an interim permit is first obtained. The vote was passed to accommodate cooperatives that need to cultivate a larger amount in order to meed the needs of patients unable to grow their own medicine. Overall an individual is allowed to grow up to 99 plants with a permit from the sheriff. Without a permit a patient can only grow 25 plants per parcel.

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Combat Veterans Turned Cannabis Security Guards Are Defending Grow Ops and Dispensaries in Colorado

A symbiotic relationship has formed between cannabis growers and combat veterans in Colorado, where cannabis is legal for recreational consumption under state law.

Chris Bowyer is one of over 200 combat vets working as armed security for cannabis growers and extract artists in Colorado. His employer, Iron Protection Group, was founded by three marines disenfranchised with civilian life and looking to employ vets who also were struggling in the civilian world.

Chris works at one of many marijuana shops in Colorado but veterans perform security duties everywhere from rural grow sites to warehouses. With cannabis prices reaching almost $400 an ounce – You can buy 2 pounds of silver bullion for the same price- these veterans may as well be guarding Ft. Knox.

However due to limited recourse within the legal and financial systems and having mountains of cannabis and cash, entrepreneurs are extra susceptible to becoming the targets for criminal activity and as such have learned to leave on a different group of people with the skill set necessary to thwart any would be perpetrators.

Robbery is the primary crime perpetuated against members of the cannabis industry but many have been thwarted by armed security that honed their ability in their chosen branch of the military. While criminals are becoming more sophisticated in their methods, so are the owners and investors in Colorado’s legal cannabis industry, employing snipers trained in the Marines and outfitted with night vision goggles to watch over their property over night and armed security on site during the day.

However guarding millions of dollars worth of product isn’t always the safest employment opportunity available. Travis Mason a father of three and a former Marine was killed when two armed gunmen entered the Green Heart dispensary with the objective of robbing it. Mason was shot three times and died from a gunshot wound to the head. He was scheduled to test for the police academy in Denver and is believed to be the first dispensary security guard killed on the job. He is survived by his wife and three children.

The individuals who staff Iron Protection Group, each have their own reason for being their but they are all driven by the same innate instincts to protect their fellow man.

Albanian Police Have Destroyed Close to Two Million Cannabis Plants in 2016

In a climate of prohibition the Albanian police claim to have destroyed next to 2 million individual cannabis plants, three times as much as last year, and arrested close to 150 people.

Alton Quato, a Senior Police Director with the Albanian police, bragged Monday to the local press about the increase in number of cannabis grows demolished, as well as the amount of plants destroyed.

Quato said this was no easy task, as growers are prone to exploit the mountain terrain often inaccessible to police vehicles “which has made police work very difficult.”

Albania was a major European cannabis producer before the government set about its own war on weed three years ago, producing 4.5 billions euros roughly half of the small countries GDP. Since becoming more aggressive with cultivators they have been claiming their efforts have been victorious by costing them billions in illicit profits.

But is prohibition really worth it?

During a cannabis raid into the village of Lazarat it was reported that roughly 30 people involved with a grow operation producing 900 metric tonnes of cannabis were defending their plants with rocket propelled grenades, mortars and machine guns. Pressing the question – at what point does stopping someone from growing, selling or smoking a plant become worth your life?

Albania might think it has a problem with cannabis growers, but the U.S. drug war should be example enough that state violence is not the answer to what they are just recently considering deviant behavior. By turning innocent people into criminals and prohibiting people from participating in the market, the state effectively forces everyone who disagrees with their prohibition to operate in unregulated black markets.

These markets, while inevitable and often necessary, can sometimes lead to more crimes being committed and people being victimized. After all, when there is no legal recourse for those forced to operate in these black markets, producers and consumers become targets and street justice becomes the option.

Smell of Cannabis Forces Airline to Make an Emergency Landing

The 8:15 AM British Airways flight to Heraklion was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing in Crete due to an overpowering smell, similar to cannabis. The flight was delayed over six hours and multiple passengers demanded compensation for their purchase.

 

“You could tell straight away what it was. Everyone at the back of the plane was saying it smelled of cannabis. We’ve been to Amsterdam, and we know what it smells like.” – Stuart, Airline passenger

The smell was first noticed when passengers were boarding but the crew hoped it would dissipate after they started the air conditioner. To their horror the smell only grew stronger. After the passengers realized the crew was also confused about the smell chaos ensued.

The passengers were also unsatisfied with the airline stewards ability to communicate what was going on and some complained that the experience scared their children, who were already apprehensive about being thousands of feet in the air inside of a giant metal cylinder.

Everyone at the rear of the plane was forced to sit in the skunky atmosphere for 90 minutes before the plane was turned around. After that decision was made the only notice given to the passengers was that a member of the crew had fallen ill from a pungent smell, prompting the turn around. No comment on the smell itself or its source.

However shortly after they recanted, and said no one was sick. A spokesman for British Airways said: “Our pilot returned the aircraft to Gatwick as a precaution following reports of an unidentified strong smell in the cabin.”

Upon landing fire crews rushed into the cabin in order to investigate the smell. Another plane and crew were assembled to continue the flight around noon, but many passengers trying to get back to the UK were stuck in Crete for up to six hours.

The great airline cannabis smell incident of 2016 cost British Airways 50,000 euros or 55,000 US dollars. Just think all of this could have been avoided if the high flyer who decided to hotbox the plane before take off had only heard of a vaporizer.