Prompted by “Michigan Police Kill Marijuana Bills”: http://www.hightimes.com/read/michigan-police-kill-marijuana-bills
“Last week, Michigan police killed a pair of pro-marijuana bills. Two bills—one authorizing dispensaries, and one re-legalizing the use and manufacture of concentrated forms of cannabis–were ready for passage by the Michigan Senate on Thursday, December 18. A last-day telephone blitz by police chiefs and sheriffs…”
“‘It is devastating to know that our 6-year-old son’s health and wellbeing is not a priority to our state or our law enforcement community,’ Powers said.”
That priority can be sickly found by following the money, which is truly what the war on some drugs is all about. That includes effectively stealing money from taxpayers (billions of dollars annually), because Certain Drug Prohibition has never been proven to create an even slightly safer society — that prohibition has instead been clearly proven to the contrary against the public good and good members of law enforcement actually just enforcing law to serve and protect the public. The other revenue stream is the terribly enormous one (with an otherwise unachievable profit margin) that only comes from the black market (as only provided and sustained by that prohibition), and that money seriously empowers criminals on both sides of the law. Memory serving, I should be able to find a fairly recent U.S. Government Accountability Office report highlighting substantial law enforcement corruption in this regard (i.e. cops overwhelmingly tempted to tap into that enormous and illegal revenue stream).
Seriously dangerous against legitimate law enforcement, that profit margin leads to military-grade weaponry for criminal organizations of all sizes. That margin, based upon the very inexpensive manufacturing costs of hard drugs with the ability to command a very high price on the streets, would fairly soon disappear after repealing Certain Drug Prohibition, so seriously cripple the financial supply line of all criminal organizations. That repealing is a no-brainer move to help society, especially considering the failure of that prohibition (always feel free to remember that we do not even have a “drug-free” prison system).
How often have you heard (read, etc.) from members of law enforcement, “We don’t make laws. We just enforce them.”
Not just a cute saying, a terribly serious conflict of interest occurs when anyone in the law enforcement community presses for certain laws, because they obviously have a serious financial incentive to lean towards laws that benefit them. Given that prohibition has failed, and that science works effectively against them in this case (cannabis is medically effective, as proven by leading studies and the patent that our federal government has questionably secured), it remains perfectly clear which side of that conflict those (and too many other) members of law enforcement have selfishly chosen.
The bottom line is too many members of law enforcement are seriously addicted to Certain Drug Prohibition, and they desperately need a public intervention for public safety.