I'm a big proponent of ending the drug war. I am a big proponent of legalizing marijuana. It is one of the most important issues to me. People often ask me why or cast me aside and attempt to diminish my opinion by mocking what I say in stoner voice without actually addressing the content. People ask me why ... well, this is why.
Watch that video. It is footage of a SWAT team raiding the Whitworth family's home in Colombia, Missouri in the middle of the night this past February looking for a "large amount of marijuana." They stormed this small family's home, rounded up the family including the seven-year-old son, and shot the family's two dogs killing the pit bull who was caged and injuring the corgi (yes, a fucking corgi). What they found was a pipe, a grinder, and a small amount of weed.
So the police ultimately stormed a home, filled it with bullets, slaughtered a pet, and terrified a family to stop an adult man from enjoying some marijuana in his free time. And now the Whitworth parents are being charged with child endangerment. I don't think I'm the only one her who thinks that the only ones putting that child in danger was the police.
And the real sad part of this story is the that Whitworths were the lucky ones. There are as many as 100 of these raids daily in the United States. Often finding as little or less than Johnathon Whitworth had, often finding nothing, sometimes incredibly deadly. Such as Tarika Wilson who was killed during a raid while holding her one-year-old son in her arms. Or hundreds of others as you can see on this map of botched raids.
This is not an uncommon occurrence. Thirty years of the War on Drugs has brought literal war into our homes.
We are all targets, we are all possible victims. All it takes is a single tip from a neighbor and paramilitary troops can be knocking down your door in the middle of the night. This isn't to scare you or make you paranoid. This is to make you aware of the price of the War on Drugs. It is to make you angry because this isn't what I was taught America was supposed to be.
This is to make you understand that the War on Drugs is deadly and damaging and it effects every day Americans, not just drug dealers. It ruins lives and those are the lucky ones. This isn't an issue to be taken lightly and it isn't a joke. And we do this to ourselves.
There is no villain to point the finger at other than ourselves. Those of us who keep fighting to keep drugs illegal with harsher penalties. No one should be forced to suffer the terror of a home invasion in the middle of the night from police baring guns. No one should be forced to die or suffer the death of a loved one because of "a pipe, a grinder, and a small amount of marijuana" or for nothing at all. We should not be afraid. We should be strong and we should end the War on Drugs.
You are SO right. What the authorities did was completely OUTRAGEOUS and should have been OUT OF LINE. When did they read them their rights? Why the F*** did they shoot the dog?! These men should be CHARGED for animal abuse (among many other things)!!
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you have got to be fucking kidding me...over POT??? I can understand a drug raid for meth and shit, but marijuana!?!? that's ridiculous and to shoot their dog is inexcusable -_- that poor kid is probably traumatized too.