Thankful For Marijuana Moxie in Texas

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director November 22, 2012

    Beyond the obvious blessings of good health, being a member of loving families, living in a free country and pursuing one’s muse, on this Thanksgiving…I’m thankful for Zachariah Walker (a member of University of North Texas NORML) and his pro bono team of Texas lawyers from NORML’s Legal Committee.

    In the wake of our recent elections, where voters in the states of Colorado and Washington have chosen to end cannabis prohibition, I’m thankful that Zack has the moxie in Denton, Texas to face down a possible six month prison sentence for the criminal charge of possessing two grams of cannabis. I’m thankful that when confronted with a plea bargain (which is how 90% or more of cannabis-related cases are legally dispatched from the criminal justice system), Zach just said no.

    I’m thankful that NLC members David Sloane, Jamie Spencer and Jamie Balagia possess equal moxie and commitment to personal freedom by stepping into the breech by providing Zack with pro bono representation in challenging such a ridiculous waste of the local government’s resources and taxpayer dollars: Tens of thousands of tax dollars, in the middle of crushing recession and tight municipal budgets, to arrest, prosecute, pee test and incarcerate a young man for 180 days, who, should otherwise be working, spending money and therein adding taxes to society.

    With over 750,000 annual cannabis-related arrests in America (approximately 90% for possession only), if more citizens charged with cannabis possession offenses regularly challenged their arrest and possible conviction, like the way Zach is in Texas, there is no doubt that the criminal justice system in many cities and counties across the country will come to a grinding halt—forcing both bureaucrats and elected officials to re-evaluate and likely support at a minimum cannabis ‘decriminalization’, possibly legalization.

    With these crucially important changes of law and custom pending in Colorado and Washington regarding ending all criminal sanctions for adults who possess a little bit of ganja, citizens charged with minor cannabis-related offenses and their legal counsel from around the country can and now should challenge more and more of these petty cannabis charges—juxtaposing and educating judges and juries all along the way that in some parts of the country the ‘offense’ before them is not only no longer a crime in some states, the product is actually regulated and taxed.

    How much longer will cannabis prohibition last in America?

    Not much longer if we all demonstrate the moxie of Zach and his NLC legal team.





    40 Responses to “Thankful For Marijuana Moxie in Texas”

    1. John says:

      Let’s go, Zack! Thanks, David Sloane, Jamie Spencer and Jamie Balagia. You guys rock!

    2. I know the DFW NORML group has been very active in this case. I’m thankful I’ve got to know many of their members online.

    3. James says:

      Rooting for Zach and team. Much respect. Keep us apprised with an Update when possible, if possible.

      My Best!


    4. Craig says:

      If they ever catch me, I’ll surely go ahead and fight it! I’m 49 & retired, so I’ve got the time, no job to lose, and some resources for the fight if needed. This madness has got to stop!

    5. Warren Osborn says:

      I’ve been saying this for many years.

    6. Anonymous says:

      Finally. Lets all grow a pair.

    7. no says:

      Denton is renowned for its incredibly low success rate of probation and its outright scamming for profit in the local prison. They tend to revoke most probationers opting to profit off the convicted twice over: both in probation fees and their prison work program. The prison concession is also owned by the wife of the sheriff, I believe? A friend of mine once did a stint there over a similar, small possession charge. The way minor drug offenses are turned into profiteering by private industry and government in the prison system throughout this country is beyond deplorable.

    8. Joel: the other Joel says:

      To pressure an individual to falsely confess to guilt; just to make it easier for the ambitious prosecutor, is insane and unjustifiable. Such a proposition most often leads to death if they want to use the victim to do some risky business for the cops on unrelated matters.
      There will be no fancy police funeral or any show of respect of heroism for the poor soul.

    9. Ending prohibition is a opportunity for a lot of people to be recognized as innovators. Its happening faster that anybody ever dreamed.

      Thanks NORML

    10. Excuse me,,,, Ending cannabis prohibition

      Thanks again NORML

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