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Kansas senator pushing for stiffer penalties for certain drug-related crimes

January 21, 2010

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— A Republican Kansas lawmaker is proposing longer sentences for anyone convicted of selling illegal drugs to children or pregnant women.

Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt of Independence is pushing the measure along with the Kansas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children. The bill includes tougher penalties for selling drugs in parks and other public recreation areas.

Schmidt says the measure would expand the crime of aggravated child endangerment to include causing or permitting a child to be where illegal drugs or paraphernalia are sold or available.

The bill is awaiting hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Comments

lgreen17 5 years ago

Senator Schmidt is always trying to find a way to increase the number of people in prison. He is in bed with the private prison complex who have already purchased land in Yates Center.

TheBigW 5 years ago

Wow who knew there was that money to be made in selling illegal drugs to school kids and pregnant women, now I know why that shady cat is always hanging out in front of the birthing center.

Oh thats right it's start of election season.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

"A Republican Kansas lawmaker is proposing longer sentences for anyone convicted of selling illegal drugs to children or pregnant women."

I guess that means drug dealers would have to card people just like they do at liquor stores, and also carry around early pregnancy tests to administer to all female clients.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years ago

"aggravated child endangerment to include causing or permitting a child to be where illegal drugs or paraphernalia are sold or available"

I think this is common sense. Good idea.

The pregnant woman part... how will the seller know? Why not let that responsibility fall on the woman?

Kontum1972 5 years ago

alcohol behind the wheel kills more people than weed does....

1029 5 years ago

More evidence that republicans hate women and children....

jonas_opines 5 years ago

What about Prozac? How will this effect my SSRI business? Kids and pregnant women are my biggest market!

Janet Lowther 5 years ago

The state is eliminating worthy programs to save money and this lunatic wants to put more people in prison for longer.

The drug laws in this country are based on the efforts of prohibitionists who made liberal use of the "big lie" rhetorical technique. For a quick overview of the history take a look at http://www.adrugwarcarol.com/

To save money, the state should: 1. Repeal state drug laws. 2. Kick inmates with only drug convictions out of prison. 3. Let the Feds take up the burden of drug prohibition.

Stuart Evans 5 years ago

We don't need more drug laws. We need less. The war on drugs has caused this country to be one of the most violent places in the world. This drug war (which is really just a war on marijuana) has been going for 80 years, yet more people use drugs today than ever before. Our southern border is exploding with kidnappings and murders, while billions of American dollars are being funneled to Mexican and South American cartels to fuel civil wars and corrupt dictators. We need to regulate and tax marijuana and other drugs in this country. This will dry up the black market, retain billions of dollars in American communities, and result in a much smaller American prison system. Our country currently has a higher prison population than anywhere else in the world. how is that for the land of the free.

billbodiggens 5 years ago

Just part of Schmidt’s deluded antiquated Victorian brain that has been soaked in the brine of wingnut philosophy in order to build his “resume” for his political aspirations. On one hand he is contented to throw open the prison doors and shut them down for lack of money. He is contented to not appropriate any money for the court system to allow them to even be prosecuted. But, yet he wants to throw them into prison. I can only suppose that he wants to imprison them only on his say-so. What a demigod. The Schmidt’s of this world are very dangerous.

Alexander Neighbors 5 years ago

Dear Derek Schmidt,

If you want to help these people why don't you make education and job growth more a priority. Most pharmaceutical street reps have started this career because they could not find any other work.

Jimo 5 years ago

Yes, because if there is one thing we haven't tried in the war on drugs it is longer prison sentences for more people.

Query: does Schmidt also favor prison sentences for pregnant women buying drugs? automatic severance of parental rights?

jimmyjms 5 years ago

I agree that drug policy in the US is broken, and that legalization of some drugs makes a lot of sense...

...that said, in the summertime there are high-school and college age kids smoking grass in plain sight at our neighborhood park - right next to the city pool - and I have no problem with them getting busted.

Kyle Chandler 5 years ago

time to storm the capital....a little revolution is a good thing

Mixolydian 5 years ago

OK, just be clear here:

Reading all of the above comments, the general consensus of the Lawrence community is that it's OK to sell crack to elementary school kids, and that there should be no repercussions for those who do.

tolawdjk 5 years ago

There are already reprocussions for selling crack to elementary school kids, and I seriously doubt any poster here feels selling crack to elementary school kids is a good thing.

But just what exactly is a longer sentence for selling crack to elementary school students supposed to accomplish? Is the fictional dealer going to suddenly say "Hey wait a minute, its now 50 years instead of 10? This is a bad idea I should not do."

Bullpoop. If he is giong to sell to elemetary kids he doesn't care if its 5, 10 15, or 50 years. The time is irrelevent to the crime.

Where is the money going to come from to pay for housing these longer sentences? More prisons? More people in the existing prisons?

Its a solution to a problem that doesn't exist right now and is so blatently a campaign stunt that it should insult the intelligence of all of this constituents.

jonas_opines 5 years ago

Umm, yeah misolydian, try reading them again, and then try thinking about them a bit more. Unless you'd like to cite the post that made you come to that conclusion.

MyName 5 years ago

Not to feed the troll, but I think Mixolydian that the posters are against laws that make an already illegal thing Really Really Suuper Illegal This Time (No, We REALLY Mean It) in order to complete the spectacular double play of appearing to be tough on crime while pretending to care about balancing the budget (even though you're increasing the need for prison space for no good reason.

So yeah, we're all in favor of crack for kids. It's the next big thing.

billbodiggens 5 years ago

Mixolydian's brain seems to be soaked with the same wingnut brine as Schmidt's. Here a news flash for you, Mixoldian, it is already a crime to sell crack and there should be a crime to sell crack, but when is the legilsature going to fund the programs necessary to lock up the crack sellers? A previous poster was correct, we already have enough criminal laws, why not spend time on the budget? This is just election year hype and nothing more. The only thing is that it will change is to even more aggravate the situation the legislature has created with all of it special election year laws that had little to the equation except more expense and more and more legal procedures. Get a grip, for goodness sake.

Stuart Evans 5 years ago

Mixolydian (Anonymous) says… OK, just be clear here: Reading all of the above comments, the general consensus of the Lawrence community is that it's OK to sell crack to elementary school kids, and that there should be no repercussions for those who do.


While I do support legalizing drugs, it is not my intent that it will be easier for kids to acquire drugs. In fact, by legalizing, you take the power away from the street dealers and provide safe, regulated markets for adults. currently a street dealer will probably not sell drugs to kids, but he may recruit those kids as lookouts or runners. In a regulated market, those jobs don't exist. In a regulated market, people who try to purchase things that aren't for kids, get carded. Alcohol, cigarettes, Sudafed, etc.
While usage numbers for alcohol and cigarettes continue to decline for high school students, drug use (mostly marijuana) continues to rise. For a drug war that is hell bent on saving the children and destroying the drug culture, it has been a dismal failure. Additionally, crack is one of the least used drugs in America. In fact, if marijuana were legalized, the government would likely have to shut down the DEA, as the use of all other illegal drugs is but a fraction that of marijuana use. and to set your mind at ease about pot; nearly 500,000 people per year die from cigarettes, another 50,000-85,000 die from alcohol, and tens of thousands die from legal prescription and non prescription medication. Zero deaths have ever been the primary cause of death from smoking marijuana.

Stuart Evans 5 years ago

this is a great website by a lot of cops, ex cops, DEA, judges, prosecuting attorneys, etc. It's called LEAP, and a few minutes reading and listening to these folks will help you understand why the war on drugs is a failure and why legalization is the only way to save our children and our country

http://www.leap.cc/cms/index.php

Jimo 5 years ago

"OK, just be clear here:

Reading all of the above comments, the general consensus of the Lawrence community is that it's OK to sell crack to elementary school kids, and that there should be no repercussions for those who do."

Well ... other than that whole felony 15 to life in prison business, yeah.

Mixolydian 5 years ago

There are criminal sanctions for selling crack.

There are higher criminal sanctions for selling crack within 1000 feet of a school.

Why would it be even remotely controversial to have a higher criminal sanction for actually selling crack to a school age child... unless the opposition is grounded in blind political partisanship or the irresponsible quixotic quest to legalize all narcotics?

Mixolydian 5 years ago

BTW, I'm in favor of legalizing marijuana.

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