In his view, it's 'high time' -- so to speak -- for another approach to marijuana.
"We would make marijuana less available for our children than it is today," Gray said.
"Why is that? Because alcohol is controlled by the government, and illegal drugs are controlled by drug dealers, and they don't ask for ID. So what's not to like?" See the rest of the interview of Judge Jim Gray:
My experience is the War on Drugs that has been waged by America for all these years is an absolute, total disaster … A failure,” he said. “We’re putting people in jail for possession, and we seldom if ever really run across a dealer. I don’t think, since I’ve been in office, we have not had more than four or five dealers come through my court.”
As for America’s number one cash crop, Judge Collier does even go as far as batting an eye at marijuana.
“Marijuana is well on its way, even in the state of Texas, to not being much of a crime,” he said. “I don’t hear marijuana cases. The only marijuana cases I hear is when somebody has four ounces or more. In other words, they’ve already reduced possession of a couple of joints to the level of a throw-away misdemeanor. I would not be surprised to see it be treated more like a parking violation, where you’d have to pay a fine for being caught with it in public.”
Great debate with Rob Paul on this issue:
BREAKING NEWS: Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter has just chosen to switch parties from a life-time moderate Republican to moderate Democrat.
"Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. I now find my political philosophy more in line with Democrats than Republicans."
This Earth shattering news would give Democrats (along with Al Franken) a 60 vote, filibuster proof majority. However, I realize that he won't be an automatic vote and I wouldn't expect anything less from a strong moderate minded politician. The modern Republicans have been attacked and further isolated by a shrinking party, which is only left with core, hard-right Conservatives. And we here in the Democratic party welcome moderates--we welcome all variations of views. We are the big tent party and proud to absorb Specter. I like that he said that he wasn't there to represent the Republican party but the Pennsylvania people--that's a politician that I can get behind. He understands who he represents and fights for first and foremost. And I hope he keeps that commitment to his constituents in the future as a Democrat.
That said, this is yet another indication of just how far the Republican party has gone toward alienating Independents and moderate Republicans. We welcome Senator Specter with open arms and I look forward to helping him get re-elected in Pennsylvania as a Democrat. We welcome anyone willing to work with us to get the business of America done. I appeal to all moderate Republicans to jump ship from their party, which has been taken over by extremist, radical, Christian conservatives. They are a dying party, which no longer believes in moderate ideas that are in-line with most Americans--especially on social issues.
Specter mentioned that the Republican party has veered way too far to the right for him to stay with them in good conscience. As the Republican party becomes less of a "big tent" party the Democratic party welcomes all who are willing to debate in good faith and willing to engage in compromise. That's what I've been frustrated with most--that Obama and the Dems have been trying to work with the "Incredible Shrinking Party" as I think I'll call them now without much help in return. We don't necessarily want to simply ram-rod our "agenda" through the Congress--we are willing to compromise on some issues and points, we just need a party willing to work with us, rather than do the sandlot "No, no, no" temper tantrum thing. We can work with anyone as long as they are willing to come half-way with us. Specter will most likely be very helpful in backing Obama's health care reform especially as it is an issue dear to his heart.
The Democrats led by President Obama have been reaching out to moderates and Independents and it appears that message of welcome and acceptance is registering. I have often found myself agreeing with Specter and respect his honest and sincere way of viewing each issue on its merits and voting his conscience. That is exactly the kind of person we want in the Democratic party and frankly he is exactly the kind of politician that the Republican party needs more of right now--not less. In the meantime GOP Chairman Michael Steele called Specter, "left wing!!"
If Specter is a "lefty" then who ISN'T a lefty now??? Arlen Specter a liberal??? He's a very Independent moderate who will despite joining the Democrats will think for himself and probably side with the Repubs now and then and that's o.k.--we're a big tent party. Again, welcome Senator Specter!!!!! Email Mr. Specter and thank-you for using his common sense: CLICK HERE FOR CONTACT FORM.
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