If anyone out there has ever wondered why I'm so passionate about politics, this is why. Injustice makes my blood boil, and makes me want to do something about it. How can anyone with a pulse hear this story and not be outraged?
There are dozens of reasons why this is wrong, but you don't need to be a political science major to understand why. Let's forget states rights for a second. Let's assume marijuana is actually that dangerous, pretend it has no medical benefits for desperate patients in debilitating pain, pretend banning it is effective at keeping it off the street, ignore the personal freedom to take it and the economic freedom to sell it, ignore the cost of enforcing these laws and assert that it's mild health effects are sufficient reason to make it illegal. Even if you're okay with all of that rubbish, something about "10 years in jail for growing a plant" should just set off an alarm bell in your head. This is a peaceful, innocent man who has never harmed a soul, but the judge deemed it just to ruin his life. Who benefits from this? Not the defendant. Not his family. Not the patients he was selling to. Not the overburdened police departments/court systems wasting their time with this frivolous crap, nor the overcrowded prisons he'll be crammed into. Not the taxpayers who must pay for his incarceration - indeed, you and I are being force to pay for his punishment.
Aaron Sandusky is a hero and a patriot. Locking up the judge (who apparently has a history of misconduct: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_Anderson_(judge)#Controversy) would be a more just use of taxpayer money.