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By Tony Newman

Working at the Drug Policy Alliance for the last twelve years I have read and heard countless stories of people having their lives ruined because of our country’s cruel war on drugs. Last weekend, the nationally syndicated show This American Life highlighted a story that is so insane, you don’t know whether to laugh or puke.

Last year in three high schools in Florida, several undercover police officers posed as students. The undercover cops went to classes, became Facebook friends and flirted with the other students. One 18-year-old honor student named Justin fell in love with an attractive 25-year-old undercover cop after spending weeks sharing stories about their lives, texting and flirting with each other.

One day she asked Justin if he smoked pot. Even though he didn’t smoke marijuana, the love-struck teen promised to help find some for her. Every couple of days she would text him asking if he had the marijuana. Finally, Justin was able to get it to her. She tried to give him $25 for the marijuana and he said he didn’t want the money – he got it for her as a present.

A short while later, the police did a big sweep and arrest 31 students – including Justin. Almost all were charged with selling a small amount of marijuana to the undercover cops. Now Justin has a felony hanging over his head.

This story is not unique to Florida and it reminds me of an 18-year-old Mitchell Lawrence, a young man from Great Barrington, Mass., who served two years in jail for selling a joint to an undercover cop. The officer befriended Lawrence and his friends and would hang out with them. One day the cop asked if Lawrence had any weed. Lawrence gave the cop a joint. The cop handed him $20. Lawrence hesitated, but the cop insisted on giving him the money. “Selling” the joint, because they were hanging out less than a 1000 feet from a school, and thus was considered a “drug free school zone,” carried a mandatory minimum two-year sentence.

The drug war is sick. How much money was wasted by our law enforcement to get these few bags of marijuana “off the streets”? How do these cops look themselves in the mirror? Seducing 18-year-olds to fall in love or pretending to be friends and then tricking them into procuring small amounts of marijuana so they can charge them with felonies is beyond slimy and diametrically opposed to the officers’ charge to “serve and protect.”

We often hear that we need to fight the drug war to protect the kids. As these despicable examples show, more often the drug war is ruining young people’s lives and doing more harm than good.

Republished with special permission from Alternet.org

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  1. Ignorance is widely defined as an overall lack of information, but is typically defined as the inability to consider a situation or idea that is not your own with open eyes.
    Both definitions of the word “ignorance” describe the author of this article.
    1) You believe you can’t trust the government but you CAN trust the hearsay and propaganda of the media. Obviously whole and complete stories or accounts of an event are not told by the media. To take one side and run with it, is by definition ignorant.
    2) The U.S. Government’s judicial system favors the defendant in every way. A person (citizen or no) on the U.S. soil has many, MANY, rights. To declare being convicted of a crime one did commit  unfair is ridiculous. If you want to raise your glass to a worthy cause, perhaps you should consider the fact that many people have been raped, murdered, and harmed and the perp never saw a jail cell due to a loop hole in the system. Now, THAT is unfair.
    3) In many places in the world, the mere possession of a drug (such as marijuana) is grounds for extremely lengthy imprisonments or worse. The grass may seem greener on the other side, but it isn’t.
    4) After one looks at crimes, statistics, criminals etc etc, you find everything comes back to drugs. That guy that busted your car window and took your ipod–drugs. The guy who burglarized your Grandma’s house–drugs. The guy who pulled a gun on the lady walking down the street and took her purse–drugs. Many murders, rapists, and child molesters are on–DRUGS.

    Some people are still discontented, and they just want to beable to do what they want to do when they want to do it. They think anarchy sounds great. They are pissed about every aspect of law enforcement. They will not consider another way of thinking, because they have tunnel vision. This is what we call ignorant. It is also what we call criminals. Trust me, society as a whole benefits from them being locked away. If we could do like the europeans long ago and send them off to a far away island to kill eachother and do whatever else they may, we gladly would. The government has obligations to provide some means (police, EMS, fire dept.) of safety for it’s citizens. Love it or hate it. You would get along in the world much better if you just learned to follow some guidelines. You can do WHATEVER you want, just don’t break the law. Simple. But if you still choose to break the law, don’t be ignorant and start bashing the cops, because you got caught. Actions, consequences. This is elementary, people.

  2. So sick and tired of this type of behavior by the Police.What a absolute waste of police time.
    It is like earlier this week when a whole bunch of DEA and U.S. Marshalls and the IRS were busting Oaksterdam University someone was at a school in the same city murdering 7 people.
    What the hell is wrong with the Government

  3. Firekreature on

    I have heard and seen countless obscenities such as this one also occurring on the west coast in so cal ( more specifically Oceanside ca.) And completely agree. “Officers” are doing far more harm than good these days and to myself have only revealed themselves to be the largest gang on the planet and the sensless assholes that either were bullied in high school or were the bullies in high school. Keep writing these stories and making the truth known brother!

  4. It is hard to believe that the police would stoop so low as to setting up our youth to arrest them and put felonies on their records. Shame on any persons involved with this type of activites. To purposely hurt young peoples lives all for a bust that looks good in the media.
    This type this of activity needs to stop. This will not keep kids from getting pot. If the police are really trying to keep pot out of schools arresting someone with a joint or a small bag of weed will not stop marijuana from comming into the schools. If they are going continue to send undercover officers into our schools they should not be worried about a joint they should be looking for the dealers in the school. Thats the only way to stop the marijuana from getting into the schools
    LET’S PUT AN END TO THIS STUPID USE OF TAX DOLLARS.

  5. Those fithy pigs, ruining the lives of kids they’re supposedly protecting. They’d have us believe that high school kids are worse off if they smoke weed than if they have their record stained with a felony charge for getting someone some weed who had deceived and entrap them. 

  6. This is frickin despicable that SO MANY young lives and bright futures just snuffed ot so they can get a few JOINTS off the streets. Punishment DEFINITELY doesn’t fit the crime in this sense