Daily Archives: May 29, 2014

Delaware’s proposed Marijuana law has some serious flaws @huffingtonpost @washingtonpost

Marijuana decriminalization proposed in Dover Jonathan Starkey, The News Journal

Delawareans could legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana for “personal use” under proposed legislation backed by Democratic lawmakers in both chambers of the General Assembly.

The legislation would set the legal age for marijuana possession at 21 and would only impose a $100 civil fine on anyone found consuming marijuana in a public place, including streets, parks and sidewalks.

Marijuana possession is currently prosecuted as a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and fines of up to $1,150.

Rep. Helene Keeley, a Wilmington Democrat, is sponsoring the legislation. It has 14 other Democratic co-sponsors. No Republicans were listed as sponsors as of Wednesday. Keeley, who was unavailable for comment on Thursday morning, is circulating the bill for additional support in Dover with just more than a month left in the current legislative session.

I don’t oppose this legislation’s intent! However, it has many flaws!

Possession in one thing and delivery is another. We can’t move forward with this legislation until we sort-out the Marijuana supply issue. Are we to allow drug-lords to control the supplied and have turf wars? Will legal Marijuana be controlled and distributed by the state? What about grown Marijuana? Can a citizen grow his own?

Passage of this legislation as it is is very dangerous!  Yep another task-force! Need to know where the supply comes from, how taxation is going to work, homegrown yes or no and other questions. What about employers who test for Marijuana use where employee get’s fire for trace amounts while not under the influence aka zero tolerance.

Right now it appears this legislation is nothing more than an election year stunt!  Do it right Dover and cover all the bases!

Delaware School Resource Officers’ safety put at risk with untrained school security

Recorded Scuffle Between Teenage Girl and Officer Prompts Review By Vince Lattanzio   Wednesday, May 28, 2014 /NBC10.com

In the video (which has profanity), the student can be seen pushing the uniformed school resource officer in the chest inside Glasgow High School as staff try to break up a scuffle between students.

The officer, a Delaware state detective assigned to the 1,063-student school in Newark, Delaware, then grabs the teen by the neck, swings her around and throws her to the ground. The girl’s head and neck narrowly miss hitting a flight of stairs.

Moments later, the girl appears to resist being arrested and continues to fight off the officer as he tries to subdue her. She eventually gets back up and then is thrown down again — this time on the steps.

There is more …………..

This incident took place May 13, 2014 and as far as I can see The News Journal had nothing on it! The NBC10.com headline is a little tilted and should of read, Recording of student resisting arrest and breakdown of school security puts police officer in danger. Sorry nothing personal but the guy in the white shirt is unless! 

I don’t what good it will do but having the parents watch this video might help or at least see the other side of their children . I am not sure what school security camera’s will product but looks like those charged might have a problem defending themselves. 

I wonder where Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy stands on school security and the need for better school security training? Odds are he’s behind the frosted glass-door to his office laying on his back! Folks the concern with “intruders” is valid but as you can see the battle is internal with students.