• jontomas

    This is great, important news! — While it certainly does help solve the problem of more Blacks being arrested for marijuana than whites, that is not the primary benefit, of course.

    An injustice is an injustice, no matter how many people it affects or what their race is. – I am white and I was arrested in Atlanta more than 30 years ago for two marijuana cigarettes. – This “criminal record” has dogged me throughout my life, causing me to lose various employment opportunities and one very promising career after I had been working there for years.

    I had never made a false statement about the arrest. – It wasn’t asked about in the application process. But was “found out” years after I was hired, and though I had all excellent performance reviews, I was fired.

    Worse yet, I was black-balled in the community I lived in and could not find another position. – I had to uproot my family and move to another state to start life over again in my forties.

    Because of this monstrous injustice, I never realized my fair economic potential. Even though I have a college degree, I am now attempting to live on Social Security – an almost impossible task.

    Science and widespread experience have shown marijuana is not addictive and is far less harmful than alcohol. – Yet, more than 600,000 innocent Americans are arrested for simple marijuana possession each year and made second-class citizens – for life! They will forever face large obstacles to decent employment, education, travel, housing, government benefits, and will always go into court with one strike against them. They can even have their children taken away!

    25 million Americans are now locked away in this very un-American sub-class because of this bogus “criminal” record. That has a horrible effect on the whole country, being a massive waste of human potential.

    The fraudulent marijuana prohibition has never accomplished one positive thing. It has only caused vast amounts of crime, corruption, violence, death and the severe diminishing of everyone’s freedom.

    There is no more important domestic issue than ending what is essentially the American Inquisition.

    This is a good first step for Atlanta, but it’s just a first step. Thank goodness EIGHT states and Washington, D.C. have already completely ended the fraudulently enacted marijuana prohibition.

    It’s WAY past time to end the insane witch-hunt nationwide!