Pubdate: Thu, 01 Jun 2000
Source: Watertown Daily Times (NY)
Copyright: 2000 Watertown Daily Times
Contact:  260 Washington Street, Watertown NY 13601-3364
Fax: (315) 782-1040
Author: Larry Seguin


Possession of marijuana charges dropped on Parker K. Stafford, 20, son of 
state Sen. Ronald B. Stafford, R-Plattsburgh, clearly indicates that some 
people in the criminal justice system do not feel that marijuana is a 
serious crime! (Senator Stafford's Son Got a 'Fair Deal' With DWI 
Reduction, Assistant DA Says, Sunday 21 May 2000 )

The article quickly gets away from the possession of marijuana and goes on 
endlessly about the legal drug of alcohol.

Does this mean the 20 or so possession of marijuana charges that have been 
lodged on people since his arrest , will be dropped too! Some of those 
charges stem from just "routine" traffic stops.

Mr. Stafford can count his blessings, others in St. Lawrence County have 
lost their jobs, their homes, and endured hardships over possession of 
marijuana charges.

I would like to compliment staff writer James R. Donnelly of the Watertown 
Daily Times for his professionalism in reporting court cases involving 
illegal drugs. Some reporters, for some reason, do not report the complete 
picture on the issue.

It is a serious issue, If you take the financial figures in the Bureau of 
Justice Statistics, Sourcebook of Criminal Justice and put them with the 
statistics for illegal drug arrest, increase budgets, increase man power in 
St. Lawrence County over the past 20 years. It would be well over a billion 
dollars of tax payers money spent. And there is no sign of the cost getting 
lower or that illegal drug use is slowing down.

Prohibition all over again!

Larry Seguin
Lisbon, New York
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