CNM Sociology 2213 Spring '14: Deviant Behavior
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Colorado presents marijuana vending machine

Colorado presents marijuana vending machine | CNM Sociology 2213 Spring '14: Deviant Behavior |
Marijuana legalization in Colorado has already sparked innovation in the state – pot tours, anyone? – and now one company has even created a vending machine capable of dispensing the drug to legally verified users.
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Hello Classmates!!

I recently saw a segment on the local news regarding marijuana vending machines being introduced in Colorado, I looked it up online and found this article, I am curious to see what you all think.

Personally, I feel that the innovations in the new market of recreational marijuana need to take a slower pace when being introduced to the public. Recreational use marijuana has been legal for a very short time; however, I would be naive to think that vending machines specific for marijuana has only been in development for four months. Cigarette vending machines are dinosaurs in comparison to the marijuana vending machines described in this article, and the new marijuana vending machines are claimed to be so technologically advanced that “those worried about under-age teenagers taking advantage of the machines have nothing to fear.” I find this concerning because cigarette vending machines have all but disappeared for the purpose of keeping cigarettes out of the hands of under-age teenagers. The decision makers behind the new marijuana market in Colorado need to take a step back and insure that these new machines are as secure as it is claimed to be.  


Have a great weekend!!


sara erdman's comment, April 22, 2014 10:02 AM
I personally have no concerns about the vending machines. As long as the people that own them are watching out on who is purchasing the weed and making sure its not an underage person. I don't think weed is as bad as alcohol and look how easy it is to go buy booze. Even underage people can get booze if they know the right people that will get it for them.
Jason's comment, April 22, 2014 10:41 AM
The vending machine should be perfectly fine. The most important thing here is stopping underage people who get to these machines, As long as these machines have a good identification process to catch the fake Id's. Even if a minor was caught with pot, the law still effects them with an "MIP" and still carries out the law the way it should be.
Shayla Neeley's comment, April 22, 2014 11:14 AM
There is really nothing wrong with this vending machine idea. If you actually look into the process of buying from one, you have to have an ID swiped and cameras on the machine let the people know that whoever swiped that card and ID is actually the person on there. Its not like they are placing these at Walmart, they are located in dispensaries that can only be used with a medical card and a ID with the age of 21. The vending machines really aren't a problem. With the right use of identification there will be no issues of minors in possession or people without medical cards.
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The Challenge of Sentencing White-Collar Defendants

The Challenge of Sentencing White-Collar Defendants | CNM Sociology 2213 Spring '14: Deviant Behavior |
A recent appeals court decision reflects an underlying tension in the sentencing white-collar criminals who present no real threat of physical harm to society and continue to lead productive lives after committing a crime.
Jason De Lara's insight:

Hello classmates! I found this article interesting regarding a SEVEN DAY sentence for a White Collar Crime  that cost the shareholders of MC Si, Inc. 18 million dollars! The judge that handed down the sentence said it was because the defendant is "a remarkably good man." 


Please follow the link at the bottom, it is in regards to a defendant from right here in the area that was sentenced to 50 years in prison for embezzling $1.2 million dollars from the Sandia Casino. The article begins with "Though the defendant lacked any prior convictions, the sheer scope of the defendants theft was enough to prompt the Judge to issue a 50 years sentence."


It does not seem logical or fair how two people can be sentenced so differently for similar White Collar Crimes. It appears to me that money for a good defense is more important than being "a remarkably good man."

Kristy Gipson's comment, March 7, 2014 10:10 PM
I completely agree with what you are saying, cause no matter how much money someone has a crime is a crime. Everyone should be treated and judged the same. Labeling one different than the other only provides other individuals with the mind set that they can and will get away with murder if needed. Laws and rights should never differ because of money or who the person is.
Jason's comment, March 11, 2014 11:12 AM
"Being a remarkably good man" Wow, thats brutal. Knowing that the judge looked over letters of support to be involved in the case and the judges judgement is not ok. The fact that this man is white with a high position job make it easier for the media to get all over this case. It just goes to show the pulling strings with the government can help your cause when faced with a prison sentence. The article does bring up a good point that white-collar crimes differ from street crimes and come with outside forces that will effect the case.
Erin Madden's comment, March 11, 2014 1:15 PM
Excellent discussion here! Also reminds me of conflict theory, which says that laws and punishment in our society are mostly to control less powerful people and benefit more powerful people. White collar crime is probably the best example of that theory. Jason's comments are also great: political connections/power also matters! It's not just money that helps people avoid punishments.
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Lawyer blasts media for 'affluenza' focus

Lawyer blasts media for 'affluenza' focus | CNM Sociology 2213 Spring '14: Deviant Behavior |
A lawyer representing the 16-year-old Texas boy who killed four people and critically injured two others while driving drunk lashed out Thursday at the news media for their focus on the use of
Jason De Lara's insight:

Hello classmates! I know my last post was about the same subject; however, the incident of 16 (now 17) year old Ethan Couch driving drunk and killing four people and injuring others was on the news again today. After seeing it, I did some research online and found several topics, mostly of how the public is outraged by the sentence given by Judge Jean Boyd. Some people have called for Judge Boyd’s resignation, others want her removed… Is this an example of Conflict Theory, or does Judge Boyd really want Mr. Couch to be treated for abusing alcohol and be rehabilitated?


I found another article online where Judge Boyd sentenced a 14 year old black boy to Texas Juvenile Justice Department for 10 years for knocking another boy to the ground (with a punch) and killed him. In the article it says: “A treatment program likely didn’t accept the boy responsible because of the violent nature of his crime, Jamison Monroe, founder and CEO of Newport Academy — the facility where Couch will undergo his treatment — told the Tarrant County News.”


 Here is the link for the other article:

Erin Madden's comment, February 11, 2014 10:53 AM
Great things to think about, Jason. You bring up an excellent point about Judge Boyd and conflict theory. This theory says that the rules in our society, and the enforcement of those rules benefit the more powerful people at the expense of the less powerful. It seems the white teenager who has gotten no jail time for his reckless behavior is definitely in a family that has at least financial power, while the young black child, who presumably is from a less influential family, got much harsher treatment. This does really seem to reflect what conflict theory says happens in terms of social control of deviance. Another thing to think about is how the white rich teenager's case also could reflect the positivist theory of self control, which focuses on parents as the cause of deviance.
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the prisoners dilemma stephen chapman pdf free ebook download | CNM Sociology 2213 Spring '14: Deviant Behavior |
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Jason De Lara's insight:

Good morining classmates!! I read this article for another class and found it very interesting, it is about Eastern vs. Western Societies differences in punishment of crimes. On page 745, first paragraph describes public flogging (whipping) in Pakistan as punishment,  on page 746, second paragraph it talks about a man that served 12 years in a California prision for committing a $70.00 armed robbery. These are two of many examples in the article. My question is which is a more effective deterrant to crime, Eastern or Western? If it was your decision what would be a better form of punishment to deter crime?


The author seems to lean toward the methods used by the Eastern Cultures as a deterrant. I feel that finding a balance between ACTUAL rehabilitation and restriction. However, I also feel that it would take the Western Civilization a very long time to agree! Mostly because there is no money to be made in actually attempting to rehabilitate criminals, like there is in the growing prision "industry."


Again, I have posted a link to another article I found interesting. It is about Shame-Culture and Guilt-Culture.


Have a great day!!

Erin Madden's comment, April 3, 2014 1:23 PM
Great analysis!
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Program Pays Drug Addicts To Get Sterilized

Program Pays Drug Addicts To Get Sterilized | CNM Sociology 2213 Spring '14: Deviant Behavior |
Should there by financial incentives for drug addicts to get vasectomies or tubal ligation? Or to use birth control until they're in a better condition to raise children?
Jason De Lara's insight:

While doing some research on Chapter 13, I found some good information about Eugenics, the social movement claiming to improve the genetic features of human populations through selective breeding and sterilization, and also Compulsory sterilization, also known as forced sterilization which was practiced in the United States until 1983 (Oregon). The principle targets were intellectually disabled and mentally ill, however, what I find disturbing is that out of the 65,000 people that were subject to this, the majority was African-American and Native American females; with some sterilizations taking place in prisons, but they were the minority.

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In the video Project Prevention offers incentives to addicts to be sterilized or use birth control. During the interview the journalist refers to others accusing Project Prevention as pushing the boundaries of Social Engineering and Eugenics. The video does not talk about selective breeding. Do you feel that Eugenics is still alive in some form or another in the United States?     

Erin Madden's comment, February 21, 2014 5:43 PM
Good analysis here! It came in a little late, so I can give you half credit. good question for discussion too!
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Rich Teen Gets Probation For Killing 4 Pedestrians While Driving Drunk

Rich Teen Gets Probation For Killing 4 Pedestrians While Driving Drunk | CNM Sociology 2213 Spring '14: Deviant Behavior |
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas teen from an affluent family was sentenced to probation this week after he killed four pedestrians when he lost control of his speeding pickup truck while driving drunk, a punishment that outraged the victims'...
Jason De Lara's insight:

When I first heard about this back in December I could not believe there was such a thing as “affluenza,” much less used as a criminal defense, and that someone could get probation for killing 4 people because of it! An expert Psychologist for the defense said the offender was, “unable to link the crime with consequences because his parents had taught him that wealth buys privilege.”

Is this a case of the Self-Control Theory? On page 38 of the textbook, second paragraph under the topic says: “The origin of crime, Gottfredson and Hirschi say is, low self-control, which, in turn, results from inadequate, ineffective, and inconsistent socialization early in childhood. Parents, who raise delinquent and criminal offspring lack affection for them, fail to monitor their behavior, fail to recognize when they are committing deviant acts, and fail to control wrongdoing. (p. 38 Deviant Behavior, Ninth Edition)”

Shayla Neeley's comment, January 28, 2014 1:46 PM
<br>I also do not believe that this had anything to do with social control. I believe that the kid was raised in a way where he knew right from wrong. In my own opinion, I think that the parents might have lacked discipline in the household because of his actions. I do believe that money had a lot to do with the way he was sentenced because the parents could afford rehabilitation when other people in the same situation might not be able to which gave him a way out. Also, I think incarceration would have been the best way to "rehab" the 16 year old, because I feel like he is given a lighter sentence when he KILLED four other people. I think that he should've been facing a harder conviction but I do believe money can always get a person out of a situation. In this case, money is power.
Marcus Irving's comment, January 28, 2014 1:51 PM
Melissa Denetdale's curator insight, February 11, 2014 11:32 PM

This article is interesting in that an individual is able to "get off" on the mere fact of his race. His image makes is seem as if he did not do so much damage of that of a person of color. The same deviant act made by a person of color would ultimately result in the maximum prison sentence with no hope of rehabilitation or continuing their life a meaningful. What does this article say not only about Whites, but about the Upper Class?