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Bail Bonds, Cigarettes and Jail Cells

Friday, January 25, 2013

smokingCan you imagine how the conversation would go when you have two jail mates talking to each other about how they ended up in jail?  Inmate #1 would ask, “What are you in for?”  Inmate #2 would respond, “Armed robbery…how about you?” And Inmate #1 would respond, “Smoking a cigarette.”  While this scenario seems farfetched and ridiculous, it might not be in Oregon.  According to a Seattle news article, there is a lawmaker in Oregon that is looking to make cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance (like anabolic steroids).  So that means that you could go to jail for up to a year and be fined $6,250 if you were caught in possession of a pack of smokes.  And you might want to rethink the next time someone tries to bum a smoke off you because giving them a cigarette would be illegal too.  It is kind of crazy to think of judges setting bail bonds for smoking offenses as opposed to just issuing fines or something.

Now don’t get us wrong, we aren’t smokers and to be honest wer aren’t big fans of second hand smoke.  At the same time, making it a jail related offense is a little over the top isn’t it?  What do you think?  Read the original article below.

Original article:  Smoke a Cigarette, Go To Jail: That's The Plan One Oregon Lawmaker Is Cooking Up