Personally, I think Chris should be immediately freed. The guy who was nuts to begin with and went even more nuts on pot was a very, very rare aberration. I have always thought pot should be legal and taxed like cigarettes and alcohol.
I no longer smoke or drink and haven't in a long time. I quit booze and pot in 1996, pot because it led me to rationalize and want to drink. I quit cigarettes, the worst addiction, in 2004. I think pot can cause cancer like cigarettes, if smoked as much. I think cigarettes are like a cancer causing opiate and more harmful than opiates in that respect. Booze is the most harmful of all. Yet, some people can take it or leave it and it is not a habit. Others get beer guts. It is a fact of history that prohibition did not work.
Legalization and taxing would give the country needed funds, as long as the legalized and taxed version was superior and cheaper than the "street" version. Then criminal incentives would disappear. Cigarettes which are too heavily taxed and the taxes do not go to helping people kick the habit enough and thus reducing the tax money, are still a source of criminal activity because of that too heavy a tax.
The tax on booze should also be going to treatment centers more than it is. They still advertize Sam Adams on TV, but that will kill you or ruin your life just as quick as the no longer advertized cigarettes, or even quicker. The amount of violence and crimes from people on alcohol is far greater that those on pot in any way of measuring. The health costs of alcohol and cigarettes are far higher than those of pot, in my opinion as a former user of all of them.
Legalize, tax and regulate all of them, and actually use the tax money for treatment and education. Computerize the system so that someone can not buy enough of any given drug to cause addiction, as an ideal (which would be difficult with instantly addictive stuff like crack and cigarettes, and the differential ability to get addicted between people). Include a lot of the ancient herbals that can help cure addictions, and do similar things as other more harmful ones, are legal and untaxed now.
Nothing is going to stop the desire of people to relax, make music sound even better, go on voyages from their own mind, relieve various pain, or experience euphoria. The need for more education is better than the need for more prison cells. All victimless crimes should be abolished, and of those crimes with victims, 3 time offenders have shown a very high recidivism rate and they have an average of three kids (two more than needed to help overpopulation), and half of them become criminals. The best thing to save tax money, in this ready to crumble from debt society, is to have a much higher execution rate of real criminals.
WS;"Compliance with a questionable state law is no defense for a clear violation of federal law." This should include Title8USC1324-5 and the fines that go with them, including to politicians. For example: Obama owes 150 billion, and so does Bush and Clinton. All staff at SPLC, the ACLU, and LaRaza, too. Governors, mayors and others of sanctuary states and cities, also in felony violation of Federal Law.
Perhaps, as time goes on, those that get addicted easier, and those that can be rehabilitated from doing crimes with victims, will be better identified, and the population will have reduced to sustainable. In a perfect world, no debt, and harmony.
"Here lies a Hampshire Grenadier
Who caught his death
Drinking cold small beer.
A good soldier is ne're forgot
Whether he dieth by musket
Or by pot."
As referenced in the Big Book of AA in "Bill's Story". He was a WWI officer and co-founder of AA. I am a "friend of Bill's".