CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (SE Missourian) — Police say they arrested the same man for similar drug offenses in the same day, according to a Caruthersville Police Department news release.
At 12:05 a.m. Sunday, police at the Caruthersville Community Center conducted a pat-down for weapons on a 21-year-old Caruthersville man and located several baggies of marijuana and several hundred dollars. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and at that time was released pending the filing of formal charges.
At 11:10 p.m., the same man was stopped for improper registration. Police found several baggies of marijuana after a dog searched the vehicle and arrested him.
I’m sure the anti-pot crowd is laughing at this one because the guy got busted twice in the same day for dealing. I’m laughing because this case shows the futility of busting small-time weed peddlers. You bust him shortly after midnight on a Sunday morning and it doesn’t deter him one bit from continuing his appointed rounds.
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Why? It’s his job. Right or wrong, legal or illegal, this is what this young man is doing to earn a living. About 1 in 5 young people aged 16-24 are unemployed and they make up 1 in 4 of all jobless Americans. College tuitions are rising at twice the rate of inflation (Mizzou costs $21K a year).
If you want fewer weed dealers at the community center, legalize it. You’ll lower the prices to the point where not enough profit can be made by the small-time dealer. Those who wish to toke will have a legal outlet away from the community center to get their stash. Jobs are created at the legal outlets for young men like this one, who can then earn a modest salary doing what he’s doing now and will contribute in payroll taxes to the state.