I have always…well, since the 70s….believed that the illegal status of marijuana was wrong and likened it to alcohol prohibition….and I don’t think I am wrong! In my 30 years in the law enforcement community, I seldom bit my tongue about my views…..and in my 30 years I was never subjected to a drug test because I hope my character and being a rules follower protected my reputation…..and I knew what was at stake if I were ever to break that rule and test positive. With that being said….
I was putting on my Show Me Cannabis t shirt this morning thinking about the lessons taught in the schools thru DARE and just-say-no programs. I’m not an expert on how these classes are taught, And I think the jury is out about whether these programs work. But what about the kids in these classes who have parents who knowingly use pot (for whatever reason). What does this do to the psych of these kids. Does it make them fearful that mom or dad will be arrested? Does it mess with them and cause them to not trust their parents…putting a large brick in the relationship? Does it make them see cops as bad? Or does it do anything at all to their little minds? AND when marijuana is legal in all 50 states and the DOC, what will we tell the kids then? OH…we were wrong, it’s not so bad but just like liquor, don’t do it until you are of age?
Just thoughts. As you, who didn’t know, I believe marijuana should be legalized for recreational use. I think that cops finding seeds in an ashtray should not be probable cause for putting people in jail and I’m very pissed off that someone who is arrested on marijuana possession frequently spends as much time in jail as rapists and murderers.
There. That’s what I’m thinking about today.
Until next time….