Montana jurors are taking the law into their own hands by refusing to convict on marijuana charges. Prosecutors quickly found themselves cutting a deal, but the defendant, Tueray Cornell, still got jail time. “WE’VE WON” exclaimed Burners the world over. Rather than being a landmark decision, it’s simply a bunch of citizens looking at the facts and realizing what most of us knew already. Marijuana just ain’t so bad.
The headlines exclaiming mutiny rankles even the most ardent protesters of opium poetry. There is little aqua in Montana, and so there are no ships (sorry if I appear condescending–I am). Keep reading for Montana jokes and possibly some knowledge (although less of the latter).
Mr. Cornell did plead guilty to the felony, but by Wednesday, what appeared to be a case of juror revolt, which was first reported by The Missoulian, was being trumpeted by pro-marijuana Web sites as yet another sign of the nation’s increasingly liberal attitude toward the drug. The Cornell case had also pleased Ethan Nadelmann, the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, who said that jurors’ objections to drug laws were “popping up more and more,” especially in regards to marijuana.
“There is no other criminal law on the books that is enforced so harshly and pervasively that almost half of Americans don’t think should be a crime in the first place,” said Mr. Nadelmann, whose group advocates for more liberal drug laws. “That’s why this happens.”
Montana has some nice fly-fishing, and I think they did a movie with that dude all the ladies swoon over, but I never thought they were so forward thinking? I think we have to offer them a complimentary kudos with Zappa’s classic closer to Over-Nite Sensation
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