Post Number: 1272
|Posted on Friday, December 01, 2006 - 7:47 am: |
When Suffolk police responded to his home in Bellport, Michael Omelchunk was initially a victim, the target of two masked men who burst in packing handguns.
But in the time it took for police officers to investigate his home Wednesday evening, Omelchunk, 27, became the accused -- the owner and suspected dealer of several pounds of marijuana.
"The investigation indicates that Omelchunk was involved in the sale of marijuana," said Det. Lt. Edward Reilly of the Fifth Squad.
Police arrested Omelchunk and charged him with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a felony punishable by up to 7 years in jail. He was arraigned Thursday and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in First District Court in Central Islip on Dec. 15.
Post Number: 896
|Posted on Friday, December 01, 2006 - 8:15 am: |
When is this country ever going to de-criminalize pot? Good grief. They probably aren't even going to bother looking for the guys with the guns...
Post Number: 42
|Posted on Friday, December 01, 2006 - 8:17 am: |
There's no doubt that is a stupid situation - for one, ol'Mickey should've known to get the house clean of personally incriminating evidence before he called the police - to think that police will not arrest&prosecute someone if they find cause for any non-legal reason is wrong.
Post Number: 43
|Posted on Friday, December 01, 2006 - 8:21 am: |
for good or ill thats the situation - until they legalize - like canada - folks are going to continue to be pesecuted and arrested for using a drug thats safer than alcohol or tobacco!
Post Number: 103
|Posted on Friday, December 01, 2006 - 10:27 am: |
Sorry boys and girls, it ain't legal in Canada either. And until our Conservative government get's a clue or get's nudged out that won't be changing any time soon. We had a medical marijuana program, but I think even that might be on its uppers. I think maybe our cops aren't as worried about small amounts and our sentencing is certainly less drastic. Still, "several pounds" would get you in hot water up here too.
Post Number: 1810
|Posted on Friday, December 01, 2006 - 11:16 am: |
With some people I'm tempted to have them plead "not guilty by reason of stupidity". But at least they help me pay for my Alembic addiction.
Post Number: 84
|Posted on Friday, December 01, 2006 - 12:36 pm: |
One mans loss is another mans gain! It will never be legal because uncle sam can't figure out how to collect the taxes on it! Go back to watching cheech and chongs up in smoke.
Post Number: 114
|Posted on Friday, December 01, 2006 - 1:37 pm: |
Safer than alcohol?
My younger brother was a very heavy pot smoker in his teens and I've witnessed first hand how destructive cannabis is. He became incredibly paranoid, violent and psychotic.
Post Number: 506
|Posted on Friday, December 01, 2006 - 1:45 pm: |
Was he also watching 'Jackass'?
Post Number: 1812
|Posted on Friday, December 01, 2006 - 3:47 pm: |
I have no doubt that your brother had problems and I truly emphathize and in no way mean to belittle or minimize your brother's difficulties. Indeed, research has borne out that some people react to cannabis with feelings of paranoia or panic. These people shouldn't use it. However, from a scientific view, there is no comparison. Cannabis is far safer than alcohol. Alcohol is a poison that regulary kills people. In the entire history of recorded medicine, not a single human has ever died from cannabis poisoning (even aspirin poisoning kills 1000-1500 people in the U.S. each year). Some people are very quick to point to cannabis as the source of an individual's psychological problems, (consistent with the continual stream of outright propoganda being disseminated by the U.S. gov't), yet there is no scientifically provable cause and effect relationship. You could just as easily blame an individual's behavior on milk. Every serial killer, rapist, kidnapper, toturer, etc., used milk before they later committed their atrocities. The plain truth is that cannabis is a remarkably safe, medically effective, non-narcotic mild euphoric. Nothing more, nothing less. It's not for everyone, and it CERTAINLY not a valid reason to put a human being in a cage. And considering the wide range of relief it promises to people with a multitude of medical conditions, it is downright criminal that the U.S. gov't actively seeks to suppress scientific research into cannabis' potential medicinal uses
Post Number: 428
|Posted on Friday, December 01, 2006 - 4:23 pm: |
Bring back the XVIIIth Amendment, I say. At least be consistent!
With regards to Wouter's comment, for every instance of a "paranoid, violent, and psychotic" pothead, I'd be happy to list 10 alcoholics with the same symptoms.
For reference, I don't really support the use of any intoxicating substances. However, it's your life!
Now, if you get in a car after ingesting said substances, then you should be put in a cage. For a long time.