This video gives a quick overview of the problem of (un)Civil Asset Forfeiture. All they have to do is make an accusation, then take your stuff, no proof is needed, no trial, just an accusation.
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We are Legalizers.
Without legalization there is no hope.
— Legalizing Doesn’t Mean Proselytizing —
Legalization Can Instantly Reduce:
Deaths, Disease, Crime, Corruption, & Addiction
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Legalization is the Good, Better and Best option to do so.
Please don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good.
Institute for Justice, Tackling the Grotesque Conflict-of-Interest of Policing for Profit Called Civil Asset Forfeiture
Institute for Justice: http://ij.org
Search site for “forfeiture.”
Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture, March 2010
By Marian R. Williams, Ph.D., Jefferson E. Holcomb, Ph.D., Tomislav V. Kovandzic, Ph.D., Scott Bullock
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Civil forfeiture laws represent one of the most serious assaults on private property rights in the nation today. Under civil forfeiture, police and prosecutors can seize your car or other property, sell it and use the proceeds to fund agency budgets—all without so much as charging you with a crime. Unlike criminal forfeiture, where property is taken after its owner has been found guilty in a court of law, with civil forfeiture, owners need not be charged with or convicted of a crime to lose homes, cars, cash or other property.
Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but civil forfeiture turns that principle on its head. With civil forfeiture, your property is guilty until you prove it innocent.
Federal laws encourage even more civil forfeiture abuse through a loophole called “equitable sharing” that allows law enforcement to circumvent even the limited protections of state laws. With equitable sharing, law enforcement agencies can and do profit from forfeitures they wouldn’t be able to under state law.
It’s time to end civil forfeiture. People shouldn’t lose their property without being convicted of a crime, and law enforcement shouldn’t be able to profit from other people’s property.
There is also a video which goes with it: Policing for Profit - The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: You have not obeyed me; you have not proclaimed freedom for your fellow countrymen. So I now proclaim “freedom” for you, declares the LORD — “freedom” to fall by the sword, plague and famine. I will make you abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth.
The LORD enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses.
“What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?”
I just wrote a letter to Obama and put it on one of his websites.
The book by the 4th remaining (out of 13 total) federal medical marijuana patient entitled My Medicine — How I Convinced the U.S. Government to Provide My Marijuana and Helped Launch a National Movement is worth buying and reading.
Yes, you read that right, federal medical marijuana patient. Meaning the federal government not only sanctions his use, but actually sends him a canister of a few hundred marijuana cigarettes a little less than once per month, as medicine. You can see one such canister (and Irv himself) in the photograph on the right.
As you can see on the page I link to, Irv will even sign it for you.
Even if you are familiar with the history of marijuana, or medical marijuana, there is something to be learned from Irv’s book. He was a normal kid, he played baseball, worshipped in his synagogue and participated in its activities. The parts you will find the most interesting and fun are the times when he is confronted by bullies looking to intimidate him and push him around, like whenever he travels by airplane.
However, there is much that drug policy reformers (and many others) are very familiar with, namely government stalling, red tape, mean-spirited career criminals (various govt. employees), cowardly government officials who know the truth but are intimidated by thugs, and other Drug War shenanigans and outright fraud.
Please request a free dinner invitation from President Obama to further tell him of the intrinsic failures of prohibition.
This is just a quick blog post to announce there is a new flyer from Christians Against Prohibition.
Bungee Jumping & Drugs, A Lesson in Harm Reduction is our second flyer to help you convince others of the need to end prohibition.
Before there was bungee jumping there was land diving. What is land diving? Well stay tuned and there will be at least one more page around here which will explain some details. Until then there is the ever helpful Wikipedia: land diving & bungee jumping.
Using the lessons from alcohol prohibition this flyer gives an overview of how prohibition will make all of the harms and potential dangers of bungee jumping exponentially worse. Not only will they be worse, but like modern day drug prohibition, the prohibitionists will rely on circular reasoning and act as though the magnified harms (which are entirely due to prohibition) are justification for continuing their prohibitionist tactics of shame, punishment, brutal and murderous SWAT raids, mandatory prison time, and more.
All of the problems foreseen are taken from the pages of history, from alcohol prohibition. Yes, prohibitionists were able to get their way and add poison to alcohol used for industrial purposes, specifically to harm people if it was consumed. We see this same sick and heartless attitude today from the very mouths of people in our government and prohibitionists who pressure our government.
Read the flyer for more examples.
It should be noted this is not a flyer about thrill seekers, it is not an attempt to analyze or categorize the myriad personalities and reasons why people go bungee jumping or use any of the panoply of substances and plants which have illegally been made illegal.
This flyer draws from history and shows how prohibitionist tactics caused the disasters we know as alcohol prohibition and drug prohibition, and projects them on the sport of bungee jumping.
[…] He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
[…] Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.
Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
[Jesus] went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
“He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed.
“He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.
“Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’
“But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”
When the people heard this, they said, “May this never be!”
Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of [this scripture]: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?
“Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.”
The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.
Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.
A public health scientist loses his retirement and part of his farm in fight to legalize medical marijuana in Tennessee.
Yet another example, caught on video, of the corrupting influence of prohibition. Cops caught on their own video cameras threatening each other with who gets to grab money from their victims.
Have you ever been in a conversation with a belligerent Drug Warrior or prohibitionist who can’t give you any intelligent responses as to why to end prohibition but instead relies on insults, terro
As many have pointed out, it is hypocrisy for Drug Warriors to say they’re only doing their jobs, and act like it’s out of their hands, then later they dress in uniform, intimidate fellow citizens,