A: When someone is being locked up for the rest of their life because they had some marijuana in their possession, something is very wrong. As an example, according to the Data Analysis Unit of the California Department of Corrections, only 39.5% -- less than half -- of all third strike cases were defined as "crimes against persons." 31.1% of third strike cases were "property crimes" and another 19.3% were "drug crimes."
The failed War on Drugs continues to destroy lives when a non-violent drug user receives a third strike. Another problem with incarcerating individuals convicted of non-violent crimes is the increased demand for prison housing space.
Last July, 152 members of the US House voted for the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment, which would bar Department of Justice arrests of medical marijuana patients and providers. The Libertarian Party of Colorado is currently working in building grassroots support for the amendment so that a majority of US representatives will vote for it this year.
"It is time to end the federal interference in state medical marijuana laws," said Richard Randall, Legislative Director for the Libertarian Party of Colorado. "It is time to end the immoral persecution of Micah Moffett, a man who has done nothing wrong but whose unimaginable suffering is something that we, as a society, can stop.
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