By "Radical" Russ Belville
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.
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.