By Matt Agorist
On Monday, as the 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly came to an end, lawmakers agreed to make sweeping changes to their criminal justice policies. In particular, they voted to end mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders.
This is a huge victory in the war on drugs.
Mixed in with a slew of tax legislation were two components that are nothing short of revolutionary in the way the state handles non-violent drug users. Instead of categorizing drug users, whose only crime is using an arbitrary substance deemed illegal by the state, as criminals, the state of Maryland will help them.
In Maryland, the prisons have been filling up with individuals who have been kidnapped by police for possessing certain substances. While many of these people are legitimate addicts, some of them are responsible users who just so happen to cross paths with police. Either way, they all rot in a jail cell which only serves to prolong any previous problems — and, in fact, leads to non-criminals turning into criminals because of influences on the inside.
The cost to treat an addict versus locking one in a cage is stark in contrast. The price of treating someone for their problem instead of kidnapping and caging them is less than half. When costs are reduced so dramatically, police can actually tend to real crime instead of filling prisons with drug users.
The other facet to this revolutionary legislation is that it will allow non-violent offenders locked up for drugs and other petty crimes to be released from prison far earlier. This is incredible news for family members who’ve lost brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers to the state’s incessant war on substances.
Maryland now becomes one of nearly two dozen other states to realize the Draconian nature of mandatory minimum sentences, and as more people wake up, more states will follow suit.
In a surprising addition, lawmakers also negotiated details in a police accountability package that would let citizens participate in officer disciplinary boards, set tougher training standards and encourage law enforcement agencies across the state to develop better relationships with the communities they police, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Naturally, the police union was outspoken about the potential for their officers to face the consequences of their actions and voiced their ‘concern’ during negotiations. Unfortunately, this limited the scope of the accountability measures.
The legislation passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 122-19, with the opponents being highly outspoken.
As the Journal reports, Del. Pat McDonough, R-Baltimore County, who was among the lawmakers who voted against the legislation, said he was concerned about a lack of treatment slots for those who would be directed to rehabilitation under the bill. He also questioned whether the measure would truly improve public safety as intended.
“If this bill is flawed, we are going to pay in bloodshed,” McDonough said as if to imply all drug users are somehow violent or holding police accountable means that people die. “We’re talking about putting more people in a safety net that doesn’t exist.”
The good news is that this vote shows that people like McDonough are a dying breed. While most politicians want to continue prohibition, they are finding the economic and scientific implications for ending it hard to ignore. Slowly but surely, dinosaur politicians are waking up to the immoral and ineffective atrocities of waging a war on drugs.
There is zero justification for kidnapping someone and locking them in a cage for choosing to partake in an arbitrary substance deemed “illegal” by the state. Locking people in prison, even for non-crimes such as drug possession, guarantees a drastic increase in that person’s chances of ending up in the criminal justice system again.
This vicious cycle is so well known that it has its own word: recidivism.
Referring to the caging of morally innocent human beings for victimless crimes as “rehabilitation,” is a sick joke. Scarring someone’s future potential by removing their ability get a decent job, creating an incentive to delve back into the criminal market, is not rehabilitation, it’s nefarious.
Matt Agorist is the co-founder of TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world.
The evil drug war is illegal and anyone who supports or enforces it belongs at the end of a rope for treason and genocide!
entire government are evil treasonous criminals. The day of the next
false flag using the nuke they stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America
will be destroyed by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of
Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic
chemtrails that hide it every day. Planet X will end the war when it
rips the earth apart again but 90% of Americans will be dead already.
All planned by your evil government.
You’re drifting here…Planet X, seriously? What is “SCO”? And what has any of what you wrote have to do with the article above? You know, this is the comment section for the article above.
I’m also curious about what the SCO is.
Is it perhaps? “The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation”?
…”is a Eurasian political, economic and military organisation which was founded in 2001 in Shanghai by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. These countries, except for Uzbekistan had been members of the Shanghai Five, founded in 1996; after the inclusion of Uzbekistan in 2001, the members renamed the organisation. On July 10, 2015, the SCO decided to admit India and Pakistan as full members, and they are expected to join by 2016″.
Another minor issue I have with FckYouEvilBastrdCriminalMod’s post is the need for there to be a Planet X for our governments to be corrupt. In my humble opinion, the government officials were corrupt and evil long before they knew of any Planet X, Y, or Z.
Release all people that have been imprisoned because they tried to use or sell the medication that they choose which would open up many beds in prison.
We should fill the available prison beds with government employees, government officials, and other people that daily commit treason by violating the Constitution for the United States of America.
New prisoners which should include the entire TSA from top to bottom.
That includes most D.C.s that stop people without a warrant and without a crime of person or property like stopping people for speeding, drunk driving, check-points, jaywalking, etc.
That includes anyone that voted for or enforces any act that tries to overthrow the U.S. Bill of Rights like the “patriot” act, current NDAA, “freedom” act, and even the current budget.
That includes people forcing allopathic “medicine” on others and people keeping traditional medicine illegal.
That includes all of the non-therapeutic crimes allopaths commit against children like early pregnancy ultrasound, shotgun approach pregnancy vitamins, neonatal chemicals in eyes, genital butchery, injected synthetic vitamin k overdose, non-therapeutic hepatitis vaccine, and all later non-therapeutic vaccines.
That includes people in the FDA that are killing over a-hundred-thousand people every year with FDA approved dope used as the FDA specifies in just allopathic hospitals.
That includes people that force mass poison others and people that force mass medicate others like fluoride added to public water supplies, aspartame/fruitous/food-dyes/others added to foods, BPE/BPA/BPS in packaging, etc.