A Tennessee Judge's Is Locking People Up For Smoking Regular Tobacco Cigarettes

Submitted by: daegog 10 months ago in News & Politics


Taxpayer's money well spent? I wonder if the judge has a deal with the local prisons for kickbacks?

An excerpt from Alternet: Hamilton County Drug Court Judge Tom Greenholtz has taken it upon himself to punish people under his supervision for using a legal substance because he thinks doing so will give them a "better chance at life."

Earlier this month, he jailed a handful of drug court participants who came up positive for nicotine in court-mandated drug tests.

"We routinely test for nicotine as we do for other controlled substances," Greenholtz told Chattanooga TV station Newschannel 9, blithely ignoring the fact that nicotine is not a controlled substance under state or federal law and that cigarette smoking is not a crime.

As for throwing hapless drug court victims in jail for violating his arbitrary edict: "It shows how serious we are about combatting this," he said.
There are 8 comments:
Male 18,148
It's also illegal to assassinate judges; I hope none of his constituents are planning blithely ignore the law.
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Female 8,472
I took YEARS to give up nicotine, and my partner will die from its effects sooner rather than later- but but but- the damn stuff is LEGAL. If you permit a judge ( or the police etc etc) to overstep their limit even a hair, you erode every liberty we have.
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Male 158
madduck I smoked from 14 to 35. Started back in the UK where the legal age was 16. Could not quit that crap even though I tried many times. Back around 8-10 years ago E-cigs hit the market and I bought one straight away. Got my e-cig and have not touched a smoke since. 

Took me awhile to get from 12mg down to 0mg liquids. But now I smoke 0mg Nic liquids and have never felt better. Sure I should really quit the e-cig too but its my one real vice. (I seldom drink these days ... being English and spending every other day from 15 (when I got my first real job) to 25 (when I left the UK) in a pub I'm just done with all that) 

I'm glad for e-cigs, they have improved my health vastly. I do get a chuckle when I see the hipsters smoking them b/c they are *cool*. For me it was a way to stop a nasty habit .. and now its just something I enjoy. My Custard and Fruit juices keep me sane !!
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Male 44,932
Just opening up the city or county or state for lawsuit after lawsuit. 
Ambulance chasers live for this kind of stuff.
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Male 5,522
If the state and federal government didn't take money from big tobacco for DECADES in the past...we wouldn't be here today.

...we'd also have legal weed sooner too...
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Male 9,016
Good grief. That judge is seriously out of line. Regarding your thought that the judge may be getting kickbacks: Yes, that seems a real possibility here. It would explain a lot.
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Male 1,634
squrlz4ever Well, kickbacks or dementia fueled power trip.
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Male 910
squrlz4ever I would love to see his reasoning on this one. Seems indefensible...
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