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Casualties of the Drug War
Posted by: Jon Henke on Sunday, December 23, 2007

Support the War on Drugs, and more specifically the criminalization of marijuana? This one's on you...
Luther Ricks and his wife worked most of their lives at a steel foundry in Ohio. Not trusting of banks, they say they’ve lived frugally, and managed to save more than $400,000 over the years, which they kept in a safe in their home.

Last summer, two burglars broke into Ricks’ home. He shot and killed one of them. Police determined he acted in self-defense, and cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing. But local police did find a small amount of marijuana in Ricks’ home, which Ricks says he uses to manage the pain of his arthritis and a hip replacement surgery. Ricks was never charged for the marijuana. But finding it in his home was enough for city police to confiscate Ricks and his wife’s life savings under drug war asset forfeiture laws. Oddly enough, the FBI then stepped in, and claimed the money for itself.
There is no rational justification for what happened to Luther Ricks and no rational justification for the immoral laws that led to it.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

The civil seizure laws are the worst.
The SCOTUS hasn’t been much help here, on either side of the spectrum.
Written By: Neo
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It’s all about the money, for both sides.
Written By: looker
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The SCOTUS hasn’t been much help here, on either side of the spectrum.
Yeah, right. Democratic-appointed justices gave you miranda rights in the first place. The only reason they "haven’t been much help" is because they haven’t been a majority for thirty years.

On a similar note, Jon, did you see the post by Matt Stoller at open left demanding that Democratic presidential candidates end the drug war? Did you see Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias agree? Did you know that Chris Dodd wants to decriminialize marijuana? This is another point where you don’t agree with Republicans at all, you do agree with Democrats, and yet..

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