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Go to a city council meeting, your State capitol or Washington, DC and listen to a committee hearing, testimony or just discussion about marijuana and you will always find the same person in attendance. Not representatives from big oil, big pharma, or even church groups, it is our men in blue.

Law enforcement input is well received by policy makers in their decision-making process. However, too often testimony from the police is flawed and twisted regarding drug and crime statistics. And, most important to note, cops are ‘always’ present during any new cannabis legislative discussions regardless the size of the venue.

Why would law enforcement take such an active role in changing or creating laws? They are part of the Executive branch and really should never lobby for stronger drug laws or against more progressive drug laws. The lobbying of ideas and information is left to our elected representatives.

It is estimated that as much as much as 50% of court and police budgets are derived from asset forfeiture proceeds (stealing your stuff) and court fines generated through marijuana arrests.

Pot busts and taxpayers fund most of our law enforcement agencies and courtrooms today. No matter what society decides, law enforcement funding is still totally dependent on the prohibition of cannabis.

 

Give them what they want.

Any new legalization effort at a state level could find less resistance if some the newly generated tax revenue flowed directly to police coffers. They will not stop I am afraid.

Any new legalization scheme might include language that specifies ‘no money can be used to enforce marijuana possession, cultivation, transport, sale or delivery’.

What do you think is the best way to end the drug war against cannabis?

 

Sam Peterson
Sam Peterson
I treat my bone spurs with pot, weed, dope, marihuana and other forms of the cannabis plant.

1 Comment

  1. Angelese says:

    There is an old political adage that states: “If you can’t beat them, join them” and cannabis prohibitionists are no exception. Welcome aboard!

    Truth is both politicians AND law enforcement have NO choice but to accept the will of The People or lose public trust, thus threatening to invalidate the very constitution they are sworn to uphold & protect. Basically, the job of law enforcement is to follow & obey orders – not inform public policy. We the People “demand facts, not fascism.”

    If you really, REALLY want to end the drug war, America will have to surrender into accepting a Guaranteed Basic Income for everyone (including cops) as a “national economic security” measure. The stress of poverty alone is enough to destroy health & murder reason, and that’s where cannabis can help, but not “fix” the real problem. To succeed, one must go to the source, not the remedy. In all instances where a basic guaranteed income was used, crime and drug addiction declined significantly. Isn’t that the objective?

    Aside from a basic citizen’s income, the BEST way to end this phoney “war on drugs” is EDUCATION & COMPASSION.

    “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world,” said Nelson Mandela, but “truth is always on the side of the oppressed” cautioned Malcolm X.

    If we truly want to make real abiding change, we need policy informed by the very people it is intended to help, NOT by those who have harmed them in the past. History economics & science all prove that law enforcement & prohibition have NOT reduced crime but in fact, escalated it, nor have they any justification for their use of terrorist tactics against sick & vulnerable communities.

    However, that being said, it’s not like cops are immune to cancer or job-related PTSD, both of which cannabis alleviates better than anything else in the world… and rather than steal it, they themselves ought to be able to grow it in their own gardens. This is where compassion FOR THEM comes in.

    Law enforcement and the military are two of the most dangerous, highly stressful occupations and yet they themselves are forbidden access to the very medicine that can save lives – perhaps that’s why they steal it? The laws must change for them too. They deserve this compassion.

    I believe cops can play a very important post-prohibition role in service & protection of the plant itself. Their job would be threefold:

    1) To protect the public from the real criminals who sell to minors or who steal rape threaten or abuse their customers as a form of “payment.” These crimes are often ignored due to prohibition.
    2) To protect the plant and patients from noxious chemicals used to increase profits, lest we forget what “cigarettes” did to tobacco, all of it “legal” remember?
    3) To issue & collect fees & licenses to grow from large industry, to police “big business” from corrupt practices, to protect the consumers. Small time producers will have no such restrictions since they are not the danger to society, but big business certainly has the potential over and above anyone else.

    One final suggestion might be that cannabis growers pay a “tithe” to law enforcement for their “protection & services” after every successful crop, as a way of quality control and also to show appreciation to those who routinely put their lives on the line for the benefit of society. They too deserve compensation, recognition & compassion.

    I look forward to the day I can smoke a big homegrown fatty with a cop who suffers from the very same symptoms of PTSD as I do, stress-free. Until then… imagine

    “War is over – if you want it.” – John Lennon

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