The Presidential Pardon

ressurection-10Like any sensible American, I was outraged when I heard  a mother of four was sent to 10 years in prison for the sale of $31 of weed.

The mind boggles at this travesty of “American Justice,” and so I encourage everyone else  outraged by this egregious violation of basic human dignity to petition President Obama to immediately pardon Patricia Marilyn Spottedcrow of any criminal charges and penalties. Let’s get organized and march (is April 20th, on D.C. good for you?). Peacefully of course. If Egyptians can topple their government — I think the least we can do is get this woman out of prison.

Here are some slogans that may or may not catch on:

JUST SAY NO TO THE WAR ON DRUGS.

FREEDOM ISN’T FREE – SO WHERE’S THE FREEDOM?

When it’s all said and done, I think history will show this to be the incident that ‘broke the camel’s back’ in regard to marijuana prohibition.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    I am VERY glad you thought of this.

    I think there’s like a utility or something that makes starting formal petitions like the EASIEST think in the world to do–check out

    http://www.change.org

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      Oh the irony of a petition aimed at Obama using a tool by the name of “Change”

  • Anonymous

    I am VERY glad you thought of this.

    I think there’s like a utility or something that makes starting formal petitions like the EASIEST think in the world to do–check out

    http://www.change.org

  • BananaFamine

    YES WE CAN-NABIS!

    SELL A PLANT, LIVE IN A CAGE = US DRUG POLICY

    Great idea, about time the public makes its voice heard that marijuana prohibition is dangerous, irrelevant, and outdated. Let’s make this happen.

  • BananaFamine

    YES WE CAN-NABIS!

    SELL A PLANT, LIVE IN A CAGE = US DRUG POLICY

    Great idea, about time the public makes its voice heard that marijuana prohibition is dangerous, irrelevant, and outdated. Let’s make this happen.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Oh the irony of a petition aimed at Obama using a tool by the name of “Change”

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Not to say this is a bad cause, but whats with all the facebook petitions?

    Did official channels just get tossed in the wind? or do all the youth around just not know how to find them?
    I guess the answer is, brute-force mass-popularity is going to be the new rule of law (that mildly scares me).

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Who knows for sure? I wouldn’t claim to.

      But I’m intrigued by the similarity between current events and the collapse of the Whig Party in 1854. Today’s events could break any number of ways, but there certainly is a strong precedent for the progressive base breaking away from an incompetent, impotent elite to make a real difference . . . .

      http://www.disinfo.com/2011/03/dnc-rip-1848-february-16-2011/

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Not to say this is a bad cause, but whats with all the facebook petitions?

    Did official channels just get tossed in the wind? or do all the youth around just not know how to find them?
    I guess the answer is, brute-force mass-popularity is going to be the new rule of law (that mildly scares me).

  • grammarsnare

    Yeah right! Obama laughs off even a QUESTION about DRUG POLICY, let alone a presidential pardon for a convicted criminal.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah right! Obama laughs off even a QUESTION about DRUG POLICY, let alone a presidential pardon for a convicted criminal.

  • Anonymous

    Who knows for sure? I wouldn’t claim to.

    But I’m intrigued by the similarity between current events and the collapse of the Whig Party in 1854. Today’s events could break any number of ways, but there certainly is a strong precedent for the progressive base breaking away from an incompetent, impotent elite to make a real difference . . . .

    http://disinfo.com/2011/03/dnc-rip-1848-february-16-2011/

  • SpadeBeats

    I don’t think that a mother should have been given such a hefty sentence for such a small crime, but it bothers me that she was selling pot with her children in the house, as it said in the original report. She could have hired a babysitter or waited until her kids were asleep or something… no kid should be exposed to that sort of stuff. She should have been prosecuted for endangering the welfare of her kids, but certainly not ten years.

  • SpadeBeats

    I don’t think that a mother should have been given such a hefty sentence for such a small crime, but it bothers me that she was selling pot with her children in the house, as it said in the original report. She could have hired a babysitter or waited until her kids were asleep or something… no kid should be exposed to that sort of stuff. She should have been prosecuted for endangering the welfare of her kids, but certainly not ten years.

    • Surrealias

      It wasn’t heroin or meth, we’re talking about WEED here… I guess it’s all fine and dandy (legal) if she drinks liquor in the presence of her kids, because it’s legal, can’t prosecute her then. But hey, I think you have a fine idea there SpadeBeats. Let’s prosecute this mother for a harmless plant that helps people laugh and connect with people. I can agree though that the lady was pretty careless by having her kids there, but not because she exposed them to weed, but because she took a huge risk that endangered her family’s well-being.

  • Surrealias

    It wasn’t heroin or meth, we’re talking about WEED here… I guess it’s all fine and dandy (legal) if she drinks liquor in the presence of her kids, because it’s legal, can’t prosecute her then. But hey, I think you have a fine idea there SpadeBeats. Let’s prosecute this mother for a harmless plant that helps people laugh and connect with people. I can agree though that the lady was pretty careless by having her kids there, but not because she exposed them to weed, but because she took a huge risk that endangered her family’s well-being.

  • Mhonohan

    Do you all think this happend in Federal Court? I would bet this is from a state court and therefore ineligible for a presidential pardon. Case closed. Call the Governor!

  • Mhonohan

    Do you all think this happend in Federal Court? I would bet this is from a state court and therefore ineligible for a presidential pardon. Case closed. Call the Governor!

  • http://twitter.com/InMyMindsAyn Darren

    This is not a federal crime. Only the Governor of Oklahoma can issue a pardon.

  • InMyMindsAyn

    This is not a federal crime. Only the Governor of Oklahoma can issue a pardon.