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Thu Jan 23, 2014, 11:44 PM

Rick Perry for "decriminilization" of pot but not legalization

SAN ANTONIO — Gov. Rick Perry signaled Thursday that he's for the decriminalization of marijuana use — not legalization, but the softening of punishment for pot users in the border state.

His spokeswoman confirmed that Perry is staunchly opposed to legalization of marijuana because of the dangers that have been associated with the drug but is committed to policies that would lower the punishment for its use to keep smokers out of jail.“Legalization is no penalty at all, whereas decriminalization doesn't necessarily mean jail time (for minor possession offenses). It means more of a fine or counseling or some sort of program where you don't end up in jail but in a rehabilitative program,” said Lucy Nashed, a spokeswoman for Perry.“The goal is to keep people out of jails and reduce recidivism, that kind of thing,” she said, adding that decriminalization would exclude violent offenders and dealers.In Texas, an offender with less than 2 ounces of marijuana can be sentenced to up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000. An offender with more than 5 pounds faces up to two years in jail.


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Reply Rick Perry for "decriminilization" of pot but not legalization (Original post)
arely staircase Jan 2014 OP
arely staircase Jan 2014 #1
RainDog Jan 2014 #2
arely staircase Jan 2014 #9
musical_soul Jan 2014 #3
riderinthestorm Jan 2014 #4
arely staircase Jan 2014 #8
riderinthestorm Jan 2014 #12
arely staircase Jan 2014 #13
Captain Stern Jan 2014 #5
arely staircase Jan 2014 #6
ananda Jan 2014 #7
FrodosPet Jan 2014 #14
Bluenorthwest Jan 2014 #10
Rex Jan 2014 #11

Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Thu Jan 23, 2014, 11:51 PM

1. updated with text

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 12:28 AM

2. would you x-post this in the drug policy forum?

if you don't mind. or if you do, let me know and I will.

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Response to RainDog (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 12:27 PM

9. go ahead nt

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 12:31 AM

3. I am personally for legalization.

Make it legal, and we can tax it. Make it legal, and we don't have to use our tax money on paying a DA or feeding people in jail. Perry's idea would take care of the jail idea, but not the rest. I have to say it does seem to be a step up compared to other Republican politicians.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 12:32 AM

4. Baby steps. Never thought Rick Perry would ever start down the path towards ending the War on MJ

 

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 12:26 PM

8. "I am for decriminalization but not leglization" is going to be the "I support civil unions but not

gay marriage" of the pot prohibition end times.

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Response to arely staircase (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 01:36 PM

12. Agreed. But baby steps are better than no steps. Portugal has accomplished a tremendous amount

 

by starting with decriminalization.

We have to get started asap on ending this horrific war on drugs. I'll take any Rethug baby steps in that direction that we can...

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 02:56 PM

13. agreed nt

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 01:12 AM

5. Here's what Rick Perry actually said regarding marijuana use.

Ok, no, he didn't actually say this at all, but it's what he might as well have said.

Rick Perry: "I'm against people using marijuana because it's always been bad. But it's not as bad now as it used to be, so that's good. I don't think anyone should go to jail for using marijuana, unless they should. But even if they should, It shouldn't necessarily mean they should. Because fines and counseling or some other stuff. Recidivism..reduce it..it's bad. Violence is bad too."

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Response to Captain Stern (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 04:56 AM

6. yeah that is pretty much what he said

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Though even put that way it is still more than one would expect from Perry and I see it as a big shift in landscape. No bragging on Perry just saying it is a sign of changing times.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 06:01 AM

7. By dangers of marijuana Gov. Perry means...

... that pot would raise people's consciousness and
they would never vote Republican again.

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Response to ananda (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 03:18 PM

14. I know more RW stoners than progressives. YMMV.

I know, I need to get out more.

But the reality is that most of the progressives I know are non-smokers, while most of the Paulites are stoners.

For the most part, however, very few of my friends are politically interested, and the ones who are, many of them are "Support The Troops AND Marriage Equality" types who do not fit in a traditional ideological definition.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 12:33 PM

10. Texas plays catch up, Oregon decriminalized in 1973, CA and AK in 75......

 

40 years ago.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2014, 12:35 PM

11. Don't worry about it governor Shitstain, you won't be in office for much longer.

 

Wendy Davis will legalize it for us after she becomes our next governor.

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