DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier Voices her Opinion on Recent Changes in Marijuana Laws

WSJ Team January 26, 2015 0

Washington DC and its police chief are the next in line to flip their script on marijuana.  Either if it is just to reinforce the votes of their citizens or just because they are tired of fighting, police chiefs across this nation are changing their tune.  In an article with police Chief Lanier, she came out with two silver lining points.  One: she will follow the will of the people, weather she agrees with it or not.  Two: she is tired of wasting time and money fighting petty pot, even if the statistics do not agree.  Albeit the statements may be contradictory, but it is a signal of a public figure standing on the side of its citizens.

This is not the first, nor will it be the last, police chief in this nation who has changed their perspective because the current standing of pot legislation.  The chief of Denver has stated multiple times that medicinal and recreational marijuana is working.  Meanwhile, Oregon’s legal institutions are also agreeing that this fight has become redundant.  In the new documentary Evergreen, the chief of Washington State has confessed that during his four decades on the force it has gotten worse.   That is four police chiefs from major metropolitan cities speaking in one unified voice.  The war on marijuana is not working.

In each of the above mentioned cities over the last decade, over 50% of all charges in small amounts of marijuana relate to black or Hispanic citizens.  This is just a sad fact that marijuana has been used as a tool for profiling in this country.  I am not here to perpetuate or deny, just report.  The question is will legal reform actually help decrease these charges?  Now, with recreational laws many states are moving simple possession to a possible DUI.

From my personal experience working in the industry I embrace it fully. It may seem strange like seeing the first car on the road or discovering the world is round, but we are now working together. This is the first time in my life and generations before me where I actually get the chance to work hand in hand with the local police force.  I will do my best to adhere to the law and to tax and regulate the industry, while they work for my rights and well-being.  I have had open dialogues with treasury members, police officers, and fire chiefs on how we can truly win the war on drugs.  Sometimes change is slow and sometimes it’a really fast, but never stop trying to make a change for the better.  At the end of the day there will hopefully be more good than bad from the marijuana movement.  Either way my grandma always said “Be careful what you wish for”.

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