Ruth Marcus: Do Not Commit a Crime!

Ruth Marcus: Breaking the LawFor the love of God, Ruth Marcus, please don’t do it:

Next time I’m in Colorado, I expect, I’ll check out some Bubba Kush. Why not? They used to warn about pot being a gateway drug, but the only gateway I’m apt to be heading through at this stage is the one to Lipitor.

Marcus is an “opinion writer” at the Washington Post, which is owned by the guy who wants to fly products to your house using tiny plasticky helicopters.

When people she does not like (“insufferable whistleblowers”) violate federal criminal law, she wants heads to roll.

When people she likes commit crimes, she’s more circumspect: maybe they should be prosecuted, but maybe not because showing that NSA chief James Clapper intentionally lied to Congress is tough for prosecutors to prove.

Now Ruth Marcus warns us all that, unlike ex-pothead David Brooks, she plans to smoke marijuana, even though mere possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable up to 1 year in prison under 21 USC Sec. 844

Any person who violates this subsection may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than 1 year, and shall be fined a minimum of $1,000, or both, except that if he commits such offense after a prior conviction under this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter, or a prior conviction for any drug, narcotic, or chemical offense chargeable under the law of any State, has become final, he shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment for not less than 15 days but not more than 2 years, and shall be fined a minimum of $2,500, except, further, that if he commits such offense after two or more prior convictions under this subchapter or subchapter II of this chapter, or two or more prior convictions for any drug, narcotic, or chemical offense chargeable under the law of any State, or a combination of two or more such offenses have become final, he shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment for not less than 90 days but not more than 3 years, and shall be fined a minimum of $5,000.

In all fairness, while Ruth Marcus plans to violate federal law by going to Colorado to toke up, the United States Attorney for Colorado has indicated that he has no desire to pursue mere users, as opposed to large scale drug traffickers, provided they abide by state law which as legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

But announcing you are flouting federal law may not be the wisest thing to do… or maybe it doesn’t really matter, because Ruth Marcus will almost certainly never be prosecuted while she advocates the prosecution of others.

Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.