Georgia State Rep: Beat Pot Smokers With a Cane, Put Dealers to Death!

August 14, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Tommy Benton, Republican State. Rep. from Georgia wants to arrest all the dirty hippies in the State of Georgia who are caught taking “a hit” off of marijuana, and inflict corporal punishment by caning. Benton doesn’t stop there; he also suggests that people caught selling marijuana should be put to death, like they do in Singapore.

As many states have legalized marijuana for medical use and decriminalized possession of small quantities of the herb, Rep. Benton seeks to take the criminal justice system back 50 years. And worse, he supports the adopting of the harsh criminal justice system of Singapore, which has no jury trials, no free speech rights, executes drug offenders and inflicts corporal punishment, by caning for minor offenses.

Benton’s extreme views were recently made public, when responding to a constituent’s email expressing concern for law enforcement funds and resources wasted on the arresting and jailing of minor drug offenders. Benton’s outrageous response was forwarded to the organization NORML.

In his email response dated July 29, Benton wrote: “Thanks for the email. We will have to agree to disagree on this and whether or not money is wasted (by mandating the state to prosecute minor marijuana offenders). I am opposed to the legalization of marijuana.

I think we should go to caning for people caught using and maybe execute dealers. That would solve the problem as well. That is what they do in Singapore and they don’t have a drug problem.”

In a follow up email from a constituent demanding that Benton take back his irresponsible statement, Benton became unhinged and threatened to subject the constituent to police surveillance.

In an email dated August 11, Benton replied: “You and your cronies want it legalized so you can get a hit anytime without having to worry about getting arrested. I have forwarded your email to the Lowndes County sheriff’s office so they can be on the lookout for you.”

On Benton’s official website, it notes he is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He also states, “As your representative at the State Capitol I am motivated by your ideas that bring our groups together and make this area the best place in Georgia to live.”

Apparently Rep. Benton isn’t motivated by a commonsense suggestion from a constituent, regarding a more progressive approach to the way law enforcement deals with minor marijuana offenses.

And if you are a constituent in Benton’s district who disagrees with his extreme views, your name may be forwarded to the local Sheriff’s department.



4 Responses to “Georgia State Rep: Beat Pot Smokers With a Cane, Put Dealers to Death!”

  1. JohnM on August 15th, 2009 4:34 am

    I am quite perplexed by the Rep’s statement that they don’t have a drug problem in Singapore, and the advocacy for killing people regardless of whether they’ve done harm to another human being. The law defines dealing as transfering to another, and this includes a person who turns down a joint going around the party, or one who even imbides and then passes it. Do these, often young, Americans deserve death?

    Do we really wish to see such barbaric punishment for offenses where the state need not prove anybody’s rights were harmed? Where someone wasn’t hurt, defrauded, abused, or stolen from? Perhaps an adult citizen sitting in their own home with other adult citezins does not deserve such from a free society, I certainly think not.

    Either way, the criminal status of marijuana for most uses is a fact of life, but their is no excuse for comments this man makes. Absent any plausible claim how such barbarism could help, it is exactly the kind of tyrany that democracy should work against. People should not be scared for life for making a wrong choice that didn’t hurt anybody, and even if we persist in prosecuting crimes where no other person’s rights were harmed, we should insist we don’t commit a larger crime in our treatment of the defendant than the defendant himself is accused of.

  2. Idea on August 15th, 2009 6:46 pm

    This, lack there of a better term than a moron, should be forced to resign.

  3. Mike P on August 17th, 2009 10:40 am

    Friday, August 14, 2009

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    Atlanta, Georgia 30334


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  4. DarthNole on August 18th, 2009 8:19 am

    Mr. Benton should be sued for abuse of Power. I cannot believe that it is lawful for him to forward email addresses to the sheriff for people writing in to their Representative.

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