Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Five Reasons Cops Want to Legalize Marijuana

More and more police officers are realizing,
the War on Drugs is a mistake.

Most people don't think "cops" when they think about who supports marijuana legalization. Police are, after all, the ones cuffing stoners, and law enforcement groups have a long history of lobbying against marijuana policy reform. Many see this as a major factor in preventing the federal government from recognizing that a historic majority of Americans – 52 percent  favors legalizing weed.

But the landscape is changing fast. Today, a growing number of cops are part of America's "marijuana majority." Members of the non-profit group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) say that loosening our pot policy wouldn't necessarily condone drug use, but control it, while helping cops to achieve their ultimate goal of increasing public safety. Here are the five biggest reasons why even cops are starting to say, "Legalize It!"
1. It's about public safety.
2. Cops want to focus on crimes that hurt real victims.
3. Cops want strong relationships with the communities they serve.
4. The war on pot encourages bad – and even illegal – police practices.
5. Cops want to stop kids from abusing drugs.
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