Cops speak out: "I would rather deal with someone that has smoked pot, than someone who is drunk"
Written by SAFER
Saturday, 17 December 2011
The senior editor of PoliceOne.com, which describes itself as "the most comprehensive and trusted online destination for law enforcement agencies and police departments worldwide," has posted a very interesting article about how "a surprising number of cops are speaking out in favor of legalization." Particular noteworthy was the following section, in which a couple officers echo what we've been saying for quite some time.
So, what do PoliceOne Members have to say on the matter? Well for
starters, I must say that I was more surprised by the emailers than I
was by the voters. I was, quite frankly, stunned to see that nearly
every email I got on the issue was supportive of some manner of
legalization. Im not kidding probably nine out of ten emails were
pro-legalization. For example:
don't smoke pot and if were legal I still wouldn't. That being said, I
believe first that if it were legal there would be fewer people abusing
substances. It's hard for us as cops to admit that when it comes to drug
laws, most people who abuse substances don't care about the law. Those
few who don't smoke pot because it's illegal are probably drinking
heavily. Would it make things worse if people stopped drinking and took
up pot? When was the last time you arrested a domestic violence offender
who was high on marijuana? OK, then when was the last time you arrested
a domestic violence offender who was drunk? When was the last time you
arrested a domestic violence offender who wasn't drunk? [SAFER emphasis] Legalization
will take money and power away from the cartels and the gangs. Murder
rates will plummet if gang bangers stop shooting each other, and
Or this one, short and sweet, from someone who wished to remain anonymous:
an officer, I would rather deal with someone that has smoked pot, than
someone who is drunk. I have never dealt with a violent pot smoker.
Usually they are mild mannered compared.