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Boxer aide Marcus Stanley charged with marijuana possession

The Los Angeles Times reports that Marcus Stanley, an aide to Sen. Barbara Boxer, was arrested Tuesday and charged with marijuana possession while entering the Hart Senate Office Building.

Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police, said officers observed Marcus Stanley, 43, with a "green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana." He was released later on Tuesday, she said. Stanley had been working for Boxer's senate office since January 2009 as a senior economic adviser.

Because the charge was a misdemeanor, Stanley was released soon after being charged. He quit Boxer's staff shortly thereafter.

"Marcus Stanley is no longer with this office," said Zachary Coile, a spokesman for Boxer, in a statement. "He submitted his resignation and Sen. Boxer accepted it because his actions yesterday were wrong and unacceptable."

Stanley is the fourth Hill aide to be arrested by Capitol Police this year, according to Politico.

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Like it or not, there has never been, and nor will there ever be, a drug-free society; the use of addictive or recreational drugs is a natural part of human existence. Nobody here is claiming that any substance is beneficial for either the individual or society. It is true however that certain substances help the soul heal and relieve pain while others provide short-term relief from a monotonous existence at the risk of possible long-term health problems.

An important aspect of Individual freedom is the right to do with yourself as you please as long as your actions cause no unnecessary suffering or direct harm to others. Many among us may disagree with this, and they should be free to believe what they wish, but the moment they are willing to use force to impose their will on the rest of us, is the exact same moment that the petty criminals/dealers, the Mafia, drug barons, terrorists and corrupt government officials/agencies enter the equation. The problems created by self harm then rapidly pale into insignificance as society spirals downwards into a dark abyss, while the most shady characters and 'black-market corporate entities' exponentially enrich themselves in a feeding frenzy likened to that of piranhas on bath-tub meth.

Prohibition isn't like a disease where we're still waiting for the cure to be discovered - we know the cure for this. This isn't like putting a man on the moon or inventing the Internet - it doesn't take some stroke of genius or feat of technology. We have everything we need, right now, to end this moronothon. Rarely in the history of mankind have we encountered a problem of such magnitude and consequence that is so eminently solvable.

The Founding Fathers were not social conservatives who believed that citizens should be subordinate to any particular narrow religious moral order. That is what the whole concept of unalienable individual rights means, and sumptuary laws, especially in the form of prohibition, were something they continually warned about.

Imagine, that by some impossible means, prohibition succeeded in eradicating more than 90% of all the cocaine in the world, bringing production down to a mere one ton a week. Now imagine what that one single ton would be worth and what people would be willing to do to get it to market.

Posted by: malcolmkyle | September 11, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Well as "we" (people outside of DC) have thought all along...they WERE smoking something funny all along as they passed boondoggle after boondoggle called legislation!

Posted by: NeoConVeteran | September 10, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Babs Boxer oops Senator Babs will probably now have to find a new supplier.

Posted by: 2012anewstart | September 10, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Somehow I think the arrest would break Boxer's way. California is so heavily Democratic that the opposition would look like a John Bircher if they tried to exploit it.

The searches are there to prevent weapons from entering the building. Obviously, a pound of pot would be noticed, but generally they should respect the privacy of those who work there.

Posted by: blasmaic | September 9, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens if you're too lazy and immature to keep some oxycontin in an advil bottle like the smart kids

Posted by: redlineblue | September 9, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Why is this on the Obama President blog? Are you sick nazi teabaggers trying to say that Obama is a drug dealer? Just because he's black? Racist pigs!

Posted by: jiji1 | September 9, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Why is this on the Obama President blog? Are you sick nazi teabaggers trying to say that Obama is a drug dealer? Just because he's black? Racist pigs!

Posted by: jiji1 | September 9, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I know I feel a lot safer now than I did a few minutes ago.
Thanks

Posted by: cduwel | September 9, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

What a nazi police state this country is. Freedom - what a load of crap.

Posted by: Trout1 | September 9, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

This country needs to relax. It's sold along with liquor by prescrition over the internet. We could all use a hit at one time in our life. Is this the best the HP withc has? Go Boxer!

Posted by: crrobin | September 9, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Seriously?!

If this had been an aid to a famous Republican senator it would have splashed in the middle of the web page.

Posted by: spamsux1 | September 9, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how Boxer will vote on Prop 19?

Posted by: Freestinker | September 9, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

All I want to know is: was it good weed, or some mexican crap?

Posted by: eezmamata | September 9, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I am willing to wager he was Black!

Posted by: Fred23 | September 9, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I am willing to wager he was Black!

Posted by: Fred23 | September 9, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Why even bother to cover this? It's a trivial non-story.

A more valuable story would cover differences in arrests and sentences between whites and minorities. If this aide were a younger, male african-american, he could serve years in jail.

Posted by: dougd1 | September 9, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse


Boxer's guy is probable an HIV-infected homosexual too, like that Jet Blue flight attendant screamer who jumped out of the aircraft a few weeks ago.

Posted by: screwjob21 | September 9, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Boxer couldn't tell her advisor has been using marijuana but she believes we should jail people for it. She needs to have a look at reality. There is no solid evidence that moderate use is harmful to adults. It's time we stopped the nonsense of putting people in jail for possession of a plant.

Posted by: tx_pgm | September 9, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU BARBARA BOXER!!

NOW WE KNOW THE ARCHITECT OF OBAMA'S ECONOMIC POLICIES!!

Posted by: wheeljc | September 9, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I think it is a travesty to require drug testing for people to work but there is no requirement for drug testing people who are on welfare or collecting unemployment, or government employees. I am not against helping people in need, but giving to people who just continually collect money and sit around, do nothing, get drunk or stoned is wrong. We have developed our own welfare culture and the economy cannot take it any longer.

Posted by: brooklynborn1 | September 9, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

This is a testament that marijuana is a gateway to stupidity. Even if marijuana is LEGAL, why would a top economic adviser of all people bring in marijuana to a Senate Office building? If marijuana is legalized, the employers have to deal with the stupidity of the pot users bringing in their marijuana to work.

Posted by: sclaw | September 9, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

He broke the law and he is no longer gainfully employed.....now only if those same rules applied to the scumbag "good ole boy network" that are willing to ruin the world for their personal gain!!!....It's awful hard to break the law if they have been created for your benefit...why else would liquor be legal and not a plant that grows from the ground?...maybe because Glen Beck and his boys would rather get drunk and beat the hell outta their wives then get stoned and watch funny movies!!!!

Posted by: m_miller1808 | September 9, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

He broke the law and he is no longer gainfully employed.....now only if those same rules applied to the scumbag "good ole boy network" that are willing to ruin the world for their personal gain!!!....It's awful hard to break the law if they have been created for your benefit...why else would liquor be legal and not a plant that grows from the ground?...maybe because Glen Beck and his boys would rather get drunk and beat the hell outta their wives then get stoned and watch funny movies!!!!

Posted by: m_miller1808 | September 9, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

For all those people over the years who have watched in disbelief the vultures in government and have asked "What are they smoking?". Now you know and here's your sign.
Sorry Bill too easy.

Posted by: mimelc | September 9, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I looked up some information on drug testing of federal employees, and I didn't find enough specific information. This surprised me, given that most people in this country are taking something, legal or illegal. Also surprising because the web is one great big document dump.

Do people have to take drug tests before or at the time of employment? How often are members of the Congress and assorted staff tested? It's a big payroll and there will be people using illegal drugs.

I am dismayed at what I have seen employers in the private sector do with low paying jobs. It seems these jobs have greater drug testing requirements than the federal employee system. One company wanted pre-employment drug testing. These jobs don't pay $10 an hour, yet the company wanted bodily fluids without payment. It suggests other workplace violations, and this is very common in retail businesses. What is the distinction between a pre-employment and an employment (day one on the job) test? I can't imagine one other than to give an employer excess rights over a worker. It's as if they're saying "What can I make you do that you wouldn't ordinarily do?" A control or power issue, it seems. I can't see what the legal distinction is if you test positive -- you're fired when the results come back.

I was first drug tested -- day one on the job -- 25 years ago. In this industry we had to agree to fingerprinting, polygraphing and drug testing. However, you had to be advised of the drug test. This corporation lied, and included the drug test in a "health exam." I was naive and didn't know the urine sample was for drug screening. Had I been a drug user I would have been suspicious. Obviously, I had passed the test. Weeks later the firm announced its drug testing policy, including random tests of all workers. There were big drug busts in New York at the time, related to this industry. Unknown to me, I had already passed the drug test. It was a violation of law for which the firm was liable. My first day on the job I had to work until midnight, and this was a regular occurrence at this firm.

It's dismaying to see the problems with drug use in this country. But aren't some employers going to far, and others not far enough? It seems there are more abuses in the private sector than public sector.

I am shocked at pre-employment drug screening because it appears a test of an applicant's willingness to permit abuses. Yet people who require security clearances can use illegal drugs with little concern about testing. The 43-year old man in this story had drugs in his possession when he was caught. This is terribly old to be using drugs, and I wonder about the concern for the corruption it causes. How many have died in Mexico this year alone due to drug trafficking?

Posted by: redd1 | September 9, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

How much better if he had "Jesus Approved" harder, more addictive drugs alcohol and nicotine or if he were driving drunk. Glenn Beck Christians are quick to overlook these.

Marijuana is demonized as another Rovian wedge issue because it competes with tobacco, alcohol and big phama. Their lobbyist buy off Congress to keep a natural plant one can grow in the yard like parsley illegal while one in five Americans slowly kill themselves smoking cigarettes, teens are becoming addicted to Limbaughs favorite drug oxycontin, and thousands die from drunk drivers.

Posted by: areyousaying | September 9, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

ANY DIDN'T KNOW BOXER AND GANG ARE CRIMINALS?

WHY ELSE WOULD OBAMA BE SO DESPERATE TO GET BOXER RE-ELECTED? TO HELP FEINSTEIN'S HUSBAND, RICHARD C BLUM (BOXER DONOR) CONTINUE TO LOOT?

TO PUSH THE OBAMA BOXER AMNESTY?

FEINSTEIN, ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPT AND SELF-SERVING SENATORS IN U.S. HISTORY, WHICH IS PROBABLY WHY OBAMA CHOSE HER TO SPEAK AT HIS INAUGURAL. FEINSTEIN’S HUSBAND’S BRIBES TO OBAMA DIDN’T HURT!

"I see no evidence of anything improper in this body," said Senate Rules and Administration Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D Calif.) during the floor debate.

Senators Diverting Campaign Funds to Kin

Loophole in Ethics Rules Is One That the Senate Did Not Close Last Year

By Shailagh Murray
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 24, 2008; A04
Under long standing congressional ethics rules, corporations, unions and other large organizations cannot directly pay senators stipends. But their contributions to senators' election campaigns can be paid without limit to the children, spouses, in laws and other relatives of the lawmakers, in a practice that has aroused controversy but is fully legal.
Since 2000, at least 20 members of the Senate dipped into their campaign contributions and wrote more than half a million dollars in checks to their own relatives, typically as payment for fundraising and other campaign work, according to a new report by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
BOXER TAKES HER CAMPAIGN BRIBES AND LAUNDERS THEM THROUGH HER SON’S OFFICE. SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MARRIED TO PIMP RICHARD BLUM!
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D Calif.), for example, paid her son Douglas $320,409.17 in campaign donations through his company Douglas Boxer and Associates from 2001 to 2006, CREW found. Douglas Boxer is a lawyer and a 10 year veteran of her political team, a Boxer spokesman said.
"It is an area that's ripe for abuse, for someone who wants to turn campaign funds into personal use," said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the nonprofit group Public Citizen. Although most lawmakers do not abuse the practice, he said, "those campaign funds always come from special interests, and those special interests are always looking for something in return."

*
NEW YORK TIMES

January 15, 2007
EDITORIAL
Ethics Fencing in the Senate
The Senate’s promising start in reforming its ethical shortcomings is showing signs of slippage. Senators ducked a worthy amendment that would bar members from putting family members on campaign payrolls, or see kin become lobbyists. The proposal was ruled unrelated to the debate over lobbyist and ethics reforms, which is hardly the case.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, insisted that there’s no such problem in the Senate. Critics instantly noted that her fellow Californian, Senator Barbara Boxer, paid $130,000 from her campaign funds to her son’s political consultant firm.

Posted by: STOPAMNESTY | September 9, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

"And this is a crime ... why?
We live in the country that imprisons more of its citizens than ANY other country in the world. And yet we unironically call ourselves the "Land of the Free."
Posted by: kcx7 | September 8, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse"

that is a lie...
do we line up our drug dealers, shoot them in the head and then harvest their organs...
do we...
you know we don't...
but other countries do...

Posted by: DwightCollins | September 9, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Getting stoned on the taxpayer's dime.

NOVEMBER

Posted by: Smarg | September 9, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Some people are just naturally stupid and then there are those who work at it!

Posted by: TexRancher | September 9, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

The aid is taking the fall for Boxer.

Posted by: fury60 | September 9, 2010 5:23 AM | Report abuse

Wow, talk about felonious stupidity. It's hardly Boxer's fault, there are much worse crimes than having some weed on you, and no doubt the Senate scanner jockeys have bigger things to worry about. But how GD dumb can a person be--on that principle alone he deserves what he gets.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | September 9, 2010 1:49 AM | Report abuse

And this is a crime ... why?

We live in the country that imprisons more of its citizens than ANY other country in the world. And yet we unironically call ourselves the "Land of the Free."

Posted by: kcx7 | September 8, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Boxer should have given him a pass. How do you think he gets through the day being around her?

Posted by: IamWright | September 8, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Guess this may be one of the big reasons that one is treated with contempt by some staffers when you call on an issue.


In recent years, have found that few letters receive replies; and when many of the debates were on-going this past year, and calls were placed to member's offices, some (NOT ALL) staffers were arrogant, and seemed to be totally disinterested in what a constituent/citizen had to say. Many times, they would put their own boss in bad light by saying, "He or she has already made a decision!"


And to think, we pay the SIX DIGIT FIGURE SALARIES OF THIS POT HEADS!!


THANK YOU MADAM BOXER!!

Posted by: wheeljc | September 8, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

WOnder how long this has been going on -- AT TAXPAYER's expense. Understand he had a $000,000 figure salary.

Also, understand that Boxer had another staffer who worked for her who was arrested in 2008 for child pornography!

Does Boxer need a couple of courses -- management and leadership 101 -- before she reenters the REAL WORLD OF WORK??

Shameful! This is why citizens are FED UP!

Posted by: wheeljc | September 8, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Well that sucks.
Why should he quit just because of that?
Dems need to get their act back together or I'm going Green.
Isn't weed legal or at least de-crim in DC?

Posted by: magicchristian | September 8, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

What a waste of tax dollars.

Meanwhile child prostitution rings flourish and US jobs get exported to Red China ...

Posted by: WillSeattle | September 8, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

To bad she does not hold the same standard with her own family members and extended family members ex. rodham and nichol. Pot heads over the top... a quick check of her home on fisher island would find pot out the wazoo. "what's a wazoo i dont know but a lot comes out of it"

Posted by: teamsimple | September 8, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

To bad she does not hold the same standard with her own family members and extended family members ex. rodham and nichol. Pot heads over the top... a quick check of her home on fisher island would find pot out the wazoo. "what's a wazoo i dont know but a lot comes out of it"

Posted by: teamsimple | September 8, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

He was not hurting a single person. Yet we find the need to bring him to the station and put him behind bars. Live free or die!

Posted by: PabloKoh | September 8, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

What a waste of time.
Those doughnuts could have enjoyed another nap if they had been less stupid...worrying about something so trivial...

Posted by: kase | September 8, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

LOL WOW LOL

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | September 8, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

LMAO

Posted by: williecharles00 | September 8, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Boy, you couldn't make this stuff up if your tried.

Posted by: AnnieP1 | September 8, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Mr. Marcus can find a job working as an "economist" for an international drug and human slave smuggling cartel, now that he's lost his Capitol Hill privileges, and can't mule pot into congressional offices anymore.

Posted by: Just-Tex | September 8, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

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