Most people consider police do not support marijuana legalization. Many of us think that this is one of the reasons federal government does not support 52% of Americans favoring marijuana legalization. Times, they are changing… According to non-profit group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, it will be easier for cops to control drug use and ensure public safety if marijuana is legal.
So there are five reasons why cops would agree to legalize marijuana:
1. Public safety
As we know marijuana is a relatively harmless drug, but black market related to cannabis distribution is risky and unregulated. Stephen Downing, Los Angeles\’ former Deputy Chief of Police says \”When we ended the prohibition of alcohol, Al Capone was out of work the next day. Our drug policy is really anti-public safety and pro-cartel, pro-street gang, because it keeps them in business.”
2. Focusing on real crimes
– Near 7 million marijuana arrests, 88% of them for possession.– $3.6 billion spent on war on pot just in 2010.
According to former Seattle Chief of Police Norm Stamper, it is a lot time and money wasted. He says \”In short, making a marijuana arrest for a simple possession case was no longer, for me, real police work.\”
3. Relationships with the community
Only smell of cannabis gives police the right to search you, your home, and your car. In most cases it engages black or Latino communities. And this is the reason for “hostile environment” between police and the communities. Police need to increase citizens` trust and make them help solve more serious crimes. And of course strong relationships with the communities would, in some way, protect cops on the job. Baltimore narcotics veteran Neil Franklin says, \”Too many police officers are killed or injured serving the War on Drugs as opposed to protecting and serving their communities.\”
4. Federal grants and asset forfeiture encourage police to make marijuana
arrests in every way possible using SWAT raids and paid informants. The New York Police Department stops-and-frisks near 500,000 people a year. And often those are young people of color. Stamper thinks that marijuana legalization would allow police officers \”to see young adults not as criminals, but members of their community.”
5. Kids and drugs
According to national Institute of Health, 36% of high school seniors had tried cannabis last year. Marijuana legalization would provide age restrictions on purchases and also would control product quality. Stamper adds \”The only way we can effectively control drugs is to create a regulatory system for all of them.\”