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40 Years in Jail for a Marijuana Offense

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When I read an article yesterday by a man named Edwin Rubis, I sat there, shook my head, and asked myself how any government could do such a thing to anyone.

The reason that Rubis’s article caught my attention is captured in the title of his article: “I’m Serving 40 Years in Federal Prison. Here’s a Glimpse Into My World.” That title intrigued me because I have often wondered what daily life is like for prison inmates. Do they sit around all day reading books? Do they work out? Do they have jobs inside the prison? What type of food do they eat? Are they constantly getting harassed by prison guards? Are they raped or beaten up by other inmates?

That “40 Years” in the title of the article also caught my attention. Imagine: 40 years in jail! As a former criminal-defense attorney, I figured that Rubis had most likely been convicted of a serious federal offense, such as bank robbery or kidnapping, perhaps even felony-murder.

Not so. After describing what his daily life in prison is like, Rubis included a tagline at the bottom of his article that stated that he was serving a 40-year jail sentence for a non-violent marijuana offense.
Yes, you read that right! 40 years! For … a … non-violent .. marijuana … offense.

That’s incredible. After all, we’re not talking Turkey or North Korea. We are talking about the United States.

40 years for a non-violent marijuana offense. Just let that sink in. Not heroin. Not cocaine. Not fentanyl. Not opioids. Just marijuana.

What would motivate any federal judge to issue such a horrific jail sentence for a non-violent marijuana offense? I did some online research but I could not find the name of the federal judge who issued that sentence. But whoever he is, he ought to hang his head in shame. In fact, if he’s still serving as a federal judge, he ought to resign his position and return to practicing law. It would be the right thing to do.

My research did reveal that Rubis was convicted in Houston of distribution of marijuana rather than possession.

Ever since the start of the war on drugs, possession of drugs has been considered less grave than distribution of drugs. But that always has been a ridiculous distinction. Both possession and distribution are entirely peaceful acts. Unless one is growing his own marijuana, in order to possess a drug, one must receive it. So, why should the one who is selling or delivering the drug be treated more harshly than one who receives or possesses the drug?

The purpose of meting out high jail sentences to marijuana distributors is to dissuade people from distributing drugs. If people are deterred from distributing drugs, the argument goes, then people won’t be able to consume or possess them.

How’s that working out for you drug warriors, including you federal judges who are convinced that you have the responsibility of helping “win” the war on drugs? I’m sure that that federal judge who meted out that 40-year jail sentence to Rubis figured that he was doing his part to “win” the war on drugs. That’s certainly what federal judges were doing back when I was practicing law on the U.S. Mexico Border back in the 1970s. It’s one thing for a judge in the 1970s to have such a mindset. But how in the world could later judges — and judges today — have that same mindset? Their obtuseness boggles the mind.

Edwin Rubin began serving his jail sentence in 1998. He’s been in jail for some 25 years. For a non-violent marijuana offense. He is set to be released in 2032.

How in the world can the American people permit this drug-war madness to continue? How many more lives must be destroyed before a nationwide crisis of conscience forces federal officials to bring it to an end?
 
The problem is most Americans support the drug war and think the USA Is doing the right thing. They can't think outside of the box to see we are playing both sides and importing more drugs for profit and killing more people then were stopping.
 
Make weed legal and let’s stop feeding the cartels and gangs.

Of course we will be left with more problems having the government in charge of the weed but at least you can grow ur own.
 
Make weed legal and let’s stop feeding the cartels and gangs.

Of course we will be left with more problems having the government in charge of the weed but at least you can grow ur own.
I'm fine with paying a little extra local and state taxes to know it is grown locally and regulated properly. Versus smuggled, etc.
 
War on drugs is a "for profit" enterprise, further tool of enslavement.

The movie Layer Cake has a pretty cool and insightful bit at the beginning visualizing the commoditization of drugs, bought and sold like any other good, down to the retail level.

Cartels and associated violence, not to mention detrimental societal effects (can't possibly address all of this in a post.......) all stem from the War on Drugs.
No war on drugs, no cartels, etc.

Absolute tragedy what happened to Mr. Rubis. Shameful......
 
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I'm 10 minutes from Michigan, they treat weed like a parking ticket unless u have over 2 ounces or a felony.
1998 weed was stil " bad " . I don't smoke weed anymore but lots of Stoners are surprised when I give them advice Since everyone calls me the bible guy .

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Make weed legal and let’s stop feeding the cartels and gangs.

Of course we will be left with more problems having the government in charge of the weed but at least you can grow ur own.
I agree although cartels make most of their revenue these days from coke, meth and fentanyl. But yeah all in favor of legal weed, maybe even legal everything. Restrictions just lead to black markets.
 
He's not in jail because of drugs, he's in because he is cattle, he's a cash cow.

The war on drugs is a hoax, we all know the involvement in the past with the CIA, even at times the military and other branches of the government when it pertains to drugs and weapons, arms and so on.

Now on the state side there's freeholders and other individuals that have their hands in the pockets with lobbyists and other people that own these prisons.

The numbers on the inmates chest is equivalent of what a cattle gets branded on him.

It's money.. and not just for the incarceration, But there's money with lawyers and prosecution, not in the sense of handing wads of cash back and forth, but behind closed doors with saying okay give me this, and I'll give you that one, you give me this one and I'll give you that one..

The whole system is fucking rigged.. For us little people those who mind their own and don't do stupid shit have nothing to worry about..

When we play stupid games, we have to understand that there's bigger entities that are also playing other stupid games..
There is layers and levels to this shit...
 
I agree although cartels make most of their revenue these days from coke, meth and fentanyl. But yeah all in favor of legal weed, maybe even legal everything. Restrictions just lead to black markets.
Totally agree just make everything legal. People will get it anyway and just like you said boom there’s a black market and now guess what there’s gonna be crime involved and likely violence involved.
 
yeah, go to California where you can shit in the street
or NY where you pay fees to travel in "high congestion zones"

stupid rednecks in Texas....
I actually love Texas, I have family and friends there.
Been to Austin lately? It’s not much different than CA really.
 
I actually love Texas, I have family and friends there.
Been to Austin lately? It’s not much different than CA really.

So it's getting better
 
I actually love Texas, I have family and friends there.
Been to Austin lately? It’s not much different than CA really.
Is that because of everybody that has moved from California to Texas? Serious question. Lol
I thought Texas was pretty cool, but I've only been to the southern portion. Food was magnificent, outstanding. The people were amazing. I certainly was not ready or used to seeing people openly carry. I LOVED SEEING THAT! 🙏
 
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Is that because of everybody that has moved from California to Texas? Serious question. Lol
I thought Texas was pretty cool, but I've only been to the southern portion. Food was magnificent, outstanding. The people were amazing. I certainly was not ready or used to seeing people openly carry. I LOVED SEEING THAT! 🙏
Austin has always been progressive. The food, arts and entertainment is on par with most metropolitan areas. Downside is traffic, homeless and it’s expensive. It’s the state capital so much of those things comes with it unfortunately. It’s almost a million people according to the 21 census so I’m not sure how many are transplants.
I’ve been all over Texas and enjoyed all of it. We have family in Canyon Lake outside San Antonio. The gulf coast is my favorite, Corpus Christi and Aransas are where we spend most of our time.
The open carry doesn’t matter to me, I’d rather that than CC. Thing about open carry is that it’s not allowed in many places in TX. No restaurants, bars, hospitals and many stores forbid it. We have open carry here in VA but you rarely see it. I don’t judge a place by its guns. I have lots of them but don’t carry often. I have faith in most people being good.
I’m sure there’s going to be a comment about that.
Their weed laws are antiquated by today’s standards but even Texas is relaxing it. Medical MJ is in the works and that’s just going to open the door to legalization. Might take a while but it’s going to happen.

They have bigger problems than weed to worry about. The border is a mess.
 
Austin has always been progressive. The food, arts and entertainment is on par with most metropolitan areas. Downside is traffic, homeless and it’s expensive. It’s the state capital so much of those things comes with it unfortunately. It’s almost a million people according to the 21 census so I’m not sure how many are transplants.
I’ve been all over Texas and enjoyed all of it. We have family in Canyon Lake outside San Antonio. The gulf coast is my favorite, Corpus Christi and Aransas are where we spend most of our time.
The open carry doesn’t matter to me, I’d rather that than CC. Thing about open carry is that it’s not allowed in many places in TX. No restaurants, bars, hospitals and many stores forbid it. We have open carry here in VA but you rarely see it. I don’t judge a place by its guns. I have lots of them but don’t carry often. I have faith in most people being good.
I’m sure there’s going to be a comment about that.
Their weed laws are antiquated by today’s standards but even Texas is relaxing it. Medical MJ is in the works and that’s just going to open the door to legalization. Might take a while but it’s going to happen.

They have bigger problems than weed to worry about. The border is a mess.
One thing I will say too, which aligns with what you're talking about is how artsy and clean things were, the highways were absolutely phenomenal In fact probably some of the best structured and easiest highway systems to navigate anywhere that I have ever seen. Wherever I traveled there were constantly working on the infrastructure and these bridges, service roads and whatnot were next level, if I'm not mistaken it's the second best in the world.
You are entitled to your opinion with not gauging or assessing the open carry policy, but I didn't know that it was limited and restricted in some areas so that's news to me and definitely good to know. I Just jump to conclusions and assumed it was just open carry everywhere and anywhere.
There's a few areas I dipped off at when I was hungry and I desperately needed food, the places were definitely questionable with bars on the windows, and with me being the only white guy there but I don't actually look white I get question if I'm latino often. I would go back to Texas in a heartbeat.
But my experience is limited and I would absolutely love to see the golf. I have family that live in Florida on the Gulf and the photos are just literally out of this world. The golf looks like an entirely different ocean from anything that I've seen. Well I mean it is a different ocean after all haha.

I remember asking the guys at the company I was working with where I could stop to get really good legit Mexican... They laughed, I laughed and they told me look the fuck around, compared to what I'm used to it would be impossible to fuck up. But they did tell me that there's levels to this shit with food there but for me not to worry about it.
The Mexican food is insane and that's one of the reasons why I went only for the food. And I'm not joking..
 
Yea yea not what I meant by government

Look what happens when they take control of the food.
Pretty much the same thing that is going to happen when they digitalize currency and take control of your money.
 
Pretty much the same thing that is going to happen when they digitalize currency and take control of your money.
When? It’s already been done if you really sit back and think about it. However groups of like minded ppl will use their own forum of currency to barter with. Likely cash. Which is why they will slowly try n take it. Then we’ll use precious metals and eventually back to goods n services like it should be. But that’s some second coming type shit and pray I’m dead by then.
 
When? It’s already been done if you really sit back and think about it. However groups of like minded ppl will use their own forum of currency to barter with. Likely cash. Which is why they will slowly try n take it. Then we’ll use precious metals and eventually back to goods n services like it should be. But that’s some second coming type shit and pray I’m dead by then.
Fuckin sad bro... they want us back to sticks and stones...
 
One thing I will say too, which aligns with what you're talking about is how artsy and clean things were, the highways were absolutely phenomenal In fact probably some of the best structured and easiest highway systems to navigate anywhere that I have ever seen. Wherever I traveled there were constantly working on the infrastructure and these bridges, service roads and whatnot were next level, if I'm not mistaken it's the second best in the world.
You are entitled to your opinion with not gauging or assessing the open carry policy, but I didn't know that it was limited and restricted in some areas so that's news to me and definitely good to know. I Just jump to conclusions and assumed it was just open carry everywhere and anywhere.
There's a few areas I dipped off at when I was hungry and I desperately needed food, the places were definitely questionable with bars on the windows, and with me being the only white guy there but I don't actually look white I get question if I'm latino often. I would go back to Texas in a heartbeat.
But my experience is limited and I would absolutely love to see the golf. I have family that live in Florida on the Gulf and the photos are just literally out of this world. The golf looks like an entirely different ocean from anything that I've seen. Well I mean it is a different ocean after all haha.

I remember asking the guys at the company I was working with where I could stop to get really good legit Mexican... They laughed, I laughed and they told me look the fuck around, compared to what I'm used to it would be impossible to fuck up. But they did tell me that there's levels to this shit with food there but for me not to worry about it.
The Mexican food is insane and that's one of the reasons why I went only for the food. And I'm not joking..
The food is very good. Mexican food in TX is a little different than what I was used to in CA. It’s Tex-Mex, more emphasis on dry spices than tomatoes. I love it, the seafood at the coast is phenomenal and affordable. Hard to beat gulf oysters. I’ve done a bunch of fishing there. Redfish and Drum are local mainstays.
The highways are very well kept and clean, the same here in VA. I’ll admit I don’t miss the CA freeways.
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The food is very good. Mexican food in TX is a little different than what I was used to in CA. It’s Tex-Mex, more emphasis on dry spices than tomatoes. I love it, the seafood at the coast is phenomenal and affordable. Hard to beat gulf oysters. I’ve done a bunch of fishing there. Redfish and Drum are local mainstays.
The highways are very well kept and clean, the same here in VA. I’ll admit I don’t miss the CA freeways.
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That does make sense, and I've never heard that there is a difference between Cali and Texas with the Mexican food but that does make sense. Where on g graphically located we specialize in just one thing, that's pizza. But everything else is trash. We do have phenomenal seafood considering that I live in a fishing area, with boats and everything else, commercial and recreational.
My dream is to fish in the golf.
Was that whole entire catch from you and your wife bro?
That is a hell of a trip...
When boats go out my way on trips no one's bringing back that much. Maybe half the boat combined. But then again if they're going out for black sea bass or something like that that's different..
My wife lived in California for a very very long time she said the same thing about the highways.
She actually said that the gangs are real bad too. Not just what people see on TV but just interactions. She told me her and her ex-husband for pulling into a parking lot one time, and a carved gangsters was pulling out. There was plenty of clearance but apparently it was an inconvenience for the gangsters. So they got out of their car, threatened to beat up her ex, spit all over the vehicle and them. And there is nothing they could do about it. They're just normal everyday typical white people that were just doing typical white people shit. I said to her why didn't he lay these fuckers out. She said it's not like that there, you can't, there's nothing you can do about it and if you want to live you just shut the fuck up..
 
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