College hippie shot in ‘drug raid’

Ryan and I sometimes joke around that as attitudes about drug prohibitionism soften, others harden in a predictable, reactionary way. What isn’t funny is when it turns into an overzealous cop who guns down a college kid during a bullshit ‘drug bust‘. Derek Copp (kind of an ironic name) is usually described by friends as an easy going ‘hippie’ who is friendly, nonchalant, and most obviously likes to smoke pot. The police in Grand Valley, Michigan broke into his dorm room obviously hoping to score a drug bust, and ended up shooting this unarmed kid in the chest.

This in a state that suffers over 1000 deaths every year from drunk drivers. Apparently though, the most dangerous people in America must be pot smoking hippies. There’s nothing scarier than some patchouli smelling peace loving granola armed with a deadly bong. Can we get real here? We already have enough death and destruction at the hands of the ‘legal’ ones who are far more dangerous than many illegal substances. Law enforcement agencies are obviously trying to keep their jobs by performing bogus raids in an attempt to have enough press and attention to keep their pointless budgets. The truth is there is no more money for a drug war that is being lost. With many people talking about eliminating budgets for police forces, these cowboys go out and get so overzealous in the need to prove themselves that they walk into the dorm room of a college kid like he’s fucking Pablo Escobar.

This kind of tragic scenario is going to continue to play out as the economy shrinks and drug enforcement budgets do as well. We need to make sure this terrible action is stopped and these kinds of tragedies are averted. We have to realize America’s war on drugs has created too many victims at too high a cost. You cannot war with your own citizens while they struggle to make their lives bearable. If people are not free to do what they want with their own bodies, then how free are they?

Comments (6)

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    Ptah

    I really don’t understand why the situation with having one legal drug that is crap somehow would be improved by making other drugs legal.

    It’s not as if people would stop taking alcohol just because pot is legal too.

    But I agree with you that people should be free to do what they want with their bodies, for example get them drunk and place them before the steering wheel of a car.

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    Jacob Fortin

    It sounds like you really have a clear grasp of the situation here…

    The problem isn’t drugs: it’s entirely our attitude about them that’s wrong. If you wonder how life could be improved by the legalization of pot, consider that over a third of the prison population is there due to possession of the substance. Possession! I’ve never seen a clearer example of a country that wars with it’s own citizens.

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    Crystal D.

    I think that at the very least changing laws/punishments over possession of marijuana would save our country so much money, and also would save people’s lives. If it’s not going to be decriminalized, then we should at least just consider fines instead of jail/prison time.

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    Ptah

    I can only respond to the arguments you actually make, not the ones that are in your head.

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    Tom

    The main reason it’s not legal is it would be impossible to tax with how easy it is to grow at home, unlike alcohol and tobacco.

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    Jacob Fortin

    You’re right Tom, it would be pretty hard to tax. It’s illegal for a variety of reasons, non of which have anything to do with the effect it has on the human body.

    My concern is how little regard law enforcement agencies have for harmless pot smokers, and their over zealousness in prosecuting these people. It makes me sick

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