Thursday, February 09, 2006

Ban rock concerts and football games?

Yahoo! News

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - An Iowa sheriff's decision to hand out tickets instead of arrests for small amounts of marijuana invited a lawmaker's slap that it would be simpler to ban rock concerts and football games.

Johnson County Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek, who oversees the University of Iowa in Iowa City, told a legislative committee he would treat possession of small amounts of marijuana like a traffic violation, allowing hundreds of students arrested each year to graduate without a criminal record.

"The guy that's carrying 50 bales of marijuana ... that's a different animal," Pulkrabek said, adding he favored rounding up intoxicated people in a locked "detox center" in lieu of the crowded jail.

But Republican legislator Clel Baudler, a former state trooper, shot down the notion as sending the wrong message to drug users and abusers.

"We could simplify law enforcement's job if we didn't have rock concerts. We could simplify their job a lot quicker if we just didn't have football games there where we arrest hundreds of drunks over the weekend." Baudler said.


Blogger Busty Wilde said...

Okay, so I know this isn't exactly big news or anything, I just thought it was kind of cool of the sheriff to feel that way about small amounts of marijuana. I also thought it was funny how the Republican legislator made those stupid comments. Typical.

2/09/2006 11:22:00 PM  
Blogger Kayaboy said...

I concur, what an ass.

2/10/2006 05:07:00 PM  
Blogger Busty Wilde said...

For reals, yo.

2/10/2006 06:08:00 PM  

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