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Local law enforcement agencies rely heavily on the drug war for funding. Police departments are often able to keep a large portion of the assets they seize during drug raids, even if charges are never brought. And federal grants for drug war operations make up a sizable portion of local law enforcement funding.
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
reply to post by jam321
The, we get funding from throwing non violent folks in jail and seizing their property excuse isn't going to cut officers.
IMO you don't need that much funding for anything, you should be peace officers. No reason you need a new shiny car every damn year.
I know in Florida, Sheriff's organization own a large part of the privatized prison industry. I am sure it is the same way in other states.
concern is funding and not "public safety".
In the old days, possession was nine-tenths of the law. Nowadays, gossip has become nine-tenths of possession. Under asset-forfeiture laws and regulations, thousands of American citizens are being stripped of their property solely on the basis of rumors and unsubstantiated assertions made by government confidential informants.
As a defendant in a civil case, property owners do not enjoy the same advantages as criminals like murderers or rapists do. Criminals are innocent until proven guilty. With “reverse onus” however, civil defendants bear the burden of proving their innocence. They are presumed guilty, and the presumption of guilt is all that is necessary for the government to seize the property of the accused. In other words, they are guilty unless they are able to prove that they are innocent.
Originally posted by Swills
On a side note, if CO and WA can make their own state laws about MJ does that mean every state can now, effectively legalizing it?
if CO and WA can make their own state laws about MJ does that mean every state can now