Can an officer get a medical marijuana card to treat their medical conditions or become a caregiver and participate in the manufacturing and distribution of cannabis legally? The short answer is yes. Unless you are a federal officer or reside in a state with out a medical marijuana law, a police officer has the same rights to use marijuana with a doctor’s prescription or grow the medicine as any other citizen would.
So how many cops participate in state marijuana programs across the world? That answer would be extremely difficult to find since patient health data is protected and cop’s pretty much keep quiet about their personal marijuana use and for good reason.
There are several officers that have organized to advocate for the legalization of all drugs. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) is made up of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies.
In the State of Michigan, a decorated police officer became one of the first active duty officers to become a registered caregiver after state law changed in 2009. This anonymous detective started a medical marijuana growing operation inside a commercial building in order to provide medicine for his neighbors.
Bravery is second nature for members of the law enforcement community. Standing up for citizen’s rights and providing quality medicine is just another part of the job for some of those with a badge (and a card).