White Marijuana Smokers Are Luckier - And Response (3)

Friday, June 14, 2013


According to a new study by the American Civil Liberties Union, whites in Tennessee are arrested (and get criminal records) due to marijuana possession less than blacks. 

Blacks must be puffing more weed, right? 

Nope.  Both races use the drug at about 30 percent per year.

So why in 2012 was the Hamilton County arrest rate over twice as high for blacks?  It’s because whites are luckier.

Blacks are often born into situations with less income, education and social support, and they often live in higher crime neighborhoods.  

City Council can't pass a law that gives everyone the same luck.  But they could pass a law that doesn’t do as much unequal damage. 

Many cities have done this by making simple possession of marijuana a civil offense (like a parking ticket), avoiding criminal convictions.    

Blacks would still be busted more often than whites.  But criminal conviction of both races for simple marijuana possession will become the same:  None. 

Cities that have passed this ordinance get better use of police resources with no increase in marijuana use. 

For more information visit the Facebook group RegulateChatt.  

Matthew Hine
Chattanooga

* * *

I don't understand why, as a nation, we haven't already legalized pot and taxed it. I've said it 100 times, I'd much rather be around a pot smoker when he's high than be around somebody that's had too much to drink. It's funny we can say it's OK to drink responsibly, but it's somehow impossible to smoke pot responsibly.  There will continue to be DUI deaths and mayhem associated with drinking, but somehow pot has this incredibly bad reputation that alcohol, happy hour, 2 for 1 drinks, and Margaritaville have never had.  Alcohol is Jesus, pot is Satan. 

Obviously, more African-Americans are busted for pot. I have plenty of white friends that have been using it for decades and have never been in one lick of trouble. Coincidence? Probably not.


At any rate, until this country realizes that pot is here to stay regardless of your race or ethnicity, we will continue to waste millions of dollars and millions of valuable law enforcement man hours that could be better used to fight real crime and put away violent criminals. 

What a concept, legalize pot and take away the suppliers and drug dealer's livelihood, then use the resources of law enforcement to put away actual violent criminals in the jail space you have left from releasing the pot smokers. 

Never happen, makes too much sense.  Instead, lets repeal Obamacare for the 87th time and then write some anti-gay legislation.

Herb Montgomery

* * *

Herb, if I may add, in my 26 years as a police officer, I never have had to put my hands or fight a person that was under the influence of pot.

Michael Burns

* * *

Mr. Hine's article on white marijuana smokers set me to thinking. It's not only marijuana laws that white folks get more leniencey but just about any law, especially traffic laws. Being older also has its advantages when dealing with the law. AS a 66-year-old "white" man, I've been stopped for speeding a number of times, only to get off with a reprimand from the officer. As a younger man, I found the police not nearly as generous.


Am I saying this is right? Absolutely not. Am I saying it's so? Absolutely.

F.Doug Craig




An Alternative To Economic Development

If local and state politicians are truly interested in improving the lives of the poor they should take a look at the recent study by Steven Horwitz of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Breaking Down the Barriers:  Three Ways State and Local Governments Can Improve the Lives of the Poor.  The study takes a look at the regressive effects of occupational ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In August 2015

Those in the know tell me the month of August is National Peach Month, so as I take a stroll through garden, I am paying particular attention to the poppy and the gladiolus because they are the “birth flowers" of this month. But as we dole out our months Orchids and Onions, let’s substitute a peach and a pit, that hard seed you find when you bite into a peach. A PEACH to the ... (click for more)

Abdulazeez Apparently Went Target Shooting In River Gorge Area Prior To Rampage That Killed 5

A 24-year-old Hixson man who went on a rampage and killed five military personnel at Chattanooga apparently went target shooting in the Tennessee River Gorge area just beforehand. A Chattanoogan said he was canoeing the day before the shooting and heard Mohammad Abdulazeez shooting in the woods in a remote area. The man, who said he thought he was being shot at, looked ... (click for more)

Columnist Says Navy To Bring Charges Against Commander Of Chattanooga Naval Center Who Fired At Shooter

The Navy plans to bring charges against Lt. Cmdr. Timothy White, who fired shots at a Hixson man who on July 16 rammed through a gate at the facility on Amnicola Highway and killed four Marines and a sailor, columnist Allen West wrote. He said he received a text message confirming the charges are imminent against the Chattanoogan, who is the father of six and who has acknowledged ... (click for more)

CFC Hosts Indiana, Officials Hoping For 9,999+

 The Chattanooga Football Club is set to host the NPSL national semifinal match Saturday night at Finley Stadium.  CFC will take on the Indiana Fire who won the Midwest Region championship.   The game is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.   Last year, Chattanooga hosted Sacramento in a national semifinal game and drew more almost 9,000 fans.  Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Christian School Adds Fitness and Wellness Center

Blend together a 5,000 square foot fitness/wellness area with state-of-the-art team meeting rooms, varsity locker rooms, coaches’ offices, public restrooms and a large concession area able to handle fans viewing three sporting events simultaneously and one has the Powerhouse. Collier Construction is putting the finishing touches on the new, 14,000 square foot fitness and wellness ... (click for more)