#1 By: Xeni Jardin, September 20th, 2013 16:49
#2 By: jack, September 20th, 2013 17:02
Getting tougher on drugs has been the mantra of political hacks on both the left and right for 40 years. If they can't solve any real issues, they always had the drug war to fall back on. Now the public is waking up to the fact that the drug war in general and marijuana prohibition in particular is based on lies, exaggeration and junk science. Legislators will figure out very quickly that standing with the prohibitionists is going to cost them elections.
#3 By: dethbird, September 20th, 2013 17:21
Nice velocity po-po. Keep sucking
#4 By: Melted_Crayons, September 20th, 2013 17:23
Arresting people for pot is the way police departments cultivate and harvest that vast field of funding.
#5 By: johnmc, September 20th, 2013 20:45
So that's 10 every 420 seconds?
#6 By: Jeff Atwood, September 20th, 2013 21:36
Just when I think I've heard every permutation of 420 joke there is...
#7 By: Adam Kiesling, September 21st, 2013 05:54
#8 By: euansmith, September 21st, 2013 09:19
Good to see that the War on Drugs is keeping us all safe...
#9 By: Jeffrey Martin, September 21st, 2013 12:42
I'm also in favor of legalization, but come on - it IS still illegal. Do you want the police to interpret the law as they see fit?
If you want the police to stop arresting people for pot, then legalize it. Until then, don't hold it against the cops.
#10 By: little birdhouse, September 21st, 2013 20:10
Increasingly, the law is an excuse for pigs to bully people. It's no longer about protecting people; a pig today is in a career environment where the goal is to make arrests, and they brutalize people as necessary to accomplish that.
#11 By: mausium, September 21st, 2013 22:42
"Pigs" who use the law to oppress have existed for a bit longer than the 1970s.
#12 By: Jimh, September 22nd, 2013 20:12
You have a point, but within the scope of what is illegal the police have a choice generally as to what they make a priority. Jaywalking is also against the law. Throwing resources into marijuana sting operations and buy/bust arrests is choosing to prioritize this over other crime, because man hours and budgets are a zero sum game.
#13 By: Anthony Vicari, September 23rd, 2013 08:11
While strictly true, it's also not the whole point. Most laws on the books are almost never enforced, and even then only selectively. For example, violating the terms of service of any software, website, or ISP you use is technically a felony according to some U.S. courts http://boingboing.net/2013/01/16/aarons-law-introduced-w.htmlMoreover, in polls somewhere between a quarter and a half of U.S. adults have used pot - what do you think the unemployment and incarceration rates would be if drug laws were actually enforced?
So, the police already have wide discretion. It's a necessity, because the people who write the laws seem to have little interest in writing better ones. The only real question is how the police use that discretion, where they put their (again, of necessity) limited funding.
#14 By: IronEdithKidd, September 25th, 2013 10:31
Rarely do you see every BS anti-weed talking point in a single, evidence-free op-ed.
#15 By: Xeni Jardin, September 25th, 2013 16:49
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