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.
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?