No one in their right mind, I would argue. From CNN:
The deputy found a small amount of marijuana and prescription pills — including Adderall, Vicodin, Xanax and Valium — all without a prescription.
Gore is charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, two misdemeanor counts of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription, one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana and a traffic infraction.
If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum sentence of three years and eight months in prison, but he could be eligible for a drug diversion program, the District Attorney’s Office said.
The kicker here is that of course Gore won’t go to prison. But plenty of people in his situation do. Especially if, as in his case, they have prior drug and alcohol related arrests and police contacts.
Drug War crusaders love to insist that it’s only drug dealers that face serious prison time. Oh really? Al Gore III’s ‘small amount of marijuana and prescription pills” makes him a drug dealer? Or perhaps, a hardened criminal?
The point is that this shouldn’t even be punishable by almost 4 years in prison in the first place.