Opposing Sheriff Leon Lott's Marijuana Prosecutions sign now

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has decided to spend his department's time and money arresting people for marijuana possession related to a photo of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps doing what is known by experts as a 'bong hit'. We strongly oppose Sheriff Lott and this wasteful use of time and resources for reasons including...

1) There was no more harm done to the citizens of South Carolina by people smoking marijuana at a party at some point in the past then was done by ten of thousands of South Carolina citizens who were spending time drinking or smoking cigarettes that night. In fact, from a public health perspective much less harm was done...but if public health is Sheriff Lott's concern, he might consider conducting raids on any of South Carolina's Cracker Barrel Restaurants.

2) There was no general public outcry for justice in this case. The citizens of South Carolina largely know how silly these arrests are, although we're sure a small minority of them will write letters talking about how brave Sheriff Lott is. Then those citizens who support Sheriff Lott will finish gumming their crackers while watching the rest of The O'Reilly Factor and commenting on how attractive that young whippersnapper Ann Coulter is for a Yankee.


3) As retired Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper wrote in this article - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/norm-stamper/one-cop-to-another-dont-a_b_164346.html - these arrests are a grandstanding move that will be difficult to prosecute and that shows a lack of the intelligent use of your discretion. In other words, you're a major league douche.

4) As this article shows - http://www.reason.com/blog/show/128482 - last year, Sheriff Lott obtained an "armored personnel carrier, complete with a belt-fed, .50-cal turreted machine gun" which he refers to as "The Peacemaker". This is a military weapon and Lott's desire to possess such a weapon shows a bizarre view of law enforcement, unless South Carolina has a lot more Al Qaeda insurgents then anyone is aware of. It also shows that Sheriff Lott may have unresolved issues regarding the size of his genitalia.

5) Aside from you being a grandstanding douche with questionable genitals who wastes time and money, we couldn't help noticing by looking at the Richland Country Sheriff's Department website - http://www.rcsd.net/wanted/unsolved1.htm - that you have lots of unsolved murders, sex criminals on the loose, and all kinds of people who may have done something worse then allegedly smoking some alleged weed that probably wasn't allegedly that great since it was available to college students in South Carolina. But those dangerous people are HARD to arrest aren't they? Ruining college student's lives is so much easier.

6) You probably are trying to get publicity so you can take Michael Phelp's place on Kellogg's cereal box or perhaps so you can take over the Republican Party...which you probably could, actually.

In summary, Sheriff Lott, your actions show the ridiculous over-dramatic hypocrisy of the war on marijuana. We're sick of the waste, sick of the lies, sick of the stupidity and sick of bozos like you playing it up for your own fame and so you get to buy giants tanks to play with.

In short, Sheriff Lott, grow up and do your job prosecuting actual dangers to the people of South Carolina.

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  • 24 December 2015250. James F
    You're sporting questionable genitalia? Haha.
  • 22 December 2015249. Tiffany F
    I support this petition
  • 08 December 2015248. Lisa H
    85 years ago it was illegal not to grow marijuana in south carolina, then hearst news papers led a campaign against hemp because they wanted to make paper from trees of which they owned the forests. The declaration of independence was written on "Hemp" Wo
  • 28 November 2015247. Ashley T
    I support this petition
  • 11 November 2015246. Lucy T
    Stop swaggering around like you're some big hero for trying to bust an Olympic gold medalist for *gasp* smoking pot. Be a real man and go after some dangerous murderers, rapists, and child molesters. Now THAT would be a service to the community.
  • 05 November 2015245. Robert S
    What a grandstanding pr!ck you are, sheriff Lott.
  • 16 October 2015244. Noreen Mariec
    George washington, Jefferson, Madison grew pot!!!!!
  • 08 October 2015243. Pablo N
    I support this petition
  • 22 September 2015242. Marcin K
    it's amazing that this guy ever got elected,
  • 06 September 2015241. David S
    End Prohibition!!
  • 02 September 2015240. Mike R
    Lott just wants to ride on Michael's coat-tails for fame he would never earn on his own. Hes a twit and a petty bureaucrat wasting taxpayers dollars for his own ego gratification while serious unsolved crimes including murder go unaddressed. I guess meek
  • 16 August 2015239. Don Fleetw
    those that ruin lives over marijuana are the bad guys
  • 14 August 2015238. Richard L
    What utter foolishness in a time of true crisis.
  • 08 June 2015237. Jeffery Y
    I pray Lott is defeated in the next election!
  • 05 June 2015236. Steve R
    I support this petition
  • 14 May 2015235. Beth H
    Once again, police funds and manpower are being spent to pursue an extremely low level criminal offense. There was no harm, no victim, nothing that doesn't occur every minute in every part of this country. A foolish, self-centered action by a publicity se
  • 07 May 2015234. Reed H
    I support this petition
  • 12 April 2015233. Gene Wiley
    This is a complete waste of time and money. The war on drugs is a failure. The guy never admitted smoking pot. As far as the photo is concerned I see no smoke, flame or weed. What I do see is a sheriff that is trying to make a name for himself for a run a
  • 23 March 2015232. John Er
    Yea this is the kind of kid our legal system needs to prosicute, none of you could achieve what he has already in his life! You are fools
  • 21 March 2015231. Matt E
    prohibition is unconstitutional!!!!
  • 09 March 2015230. Chris A
    Lott is a coward and a scumbag...easy to pick on college kids isn't it? Didn't even need the APC for that. Those kids are political criminals nothing more
  • 28 February 2015229. John S
    I support this petition
  • 20 February 2015228. Kelly M
    Good grief! Doesn't SC have any real crime?
  • 19 February 2015227. Darin H
    What a nutcase!!!
  • 13 February 2015226. Don M
    Sir instead of grandstanding maybe you concentrate your efforts and the taxpayers money on REAL crime
  • 06 February 2015225. John S
    I support this petition
  • 31 January 2015224. Christopher W
    I support this petition

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