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17 Year old Boy gets Two Years for selling a Joint

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Rare that the 4:20 Video Time finds itself being political, but thats what we get for reading Metafilter after a late lunch. Today they found a story about a Massachusetts teenager who sold the equivalent of a joint's amount of weed to an undercover cop. His punishment: two years in jail. He never had a criminal record, and never even thrown a beer at at basketball player who was laying on a scorer's table.

We'd like to be snide and say, "yeah it took a sweet white kid to get popped before anyone started raising the WTF flag," but sometimes that's exactly what it takes.

But what really got us thinking in this video was the concept of the School Zone. We must admit that when we see the School Zone warning signs in some neighborhoods warning against drug dealing near schools, normally we think "oh thats sweet", but when you think about all the schools in most cities, you'd be hardpressed not to find yourself in a School Zone unless you seriously are a big time dealer in some shady industrial park somewhere.

In a country where so many people are against these backward, unhelpful laws, we at LAist wonder when the people, as cheesy as it sounds, will take their country back. Perhaps we should nominate 2008 as the year to "put down the bong and stand up for what you believe in".

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Why 2007? Because only a fool asks a stoner to do something "now."