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Article posted Sep 03 2013, 7:29 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: StoptheDrugWar.org Print

Cops Cry Foul Over Holder Marijuana Policy Move

by Phillip Smith

Organized law enforcement has some problems with Attorney General Holder's announcement last week that the Justice Department would not seek to block Colorado and Washington from implementing their marijuana legalization laws. In a joint letter last Friday, the leaders of seven major law enforcement groups expressed "extreme disappointment" with the move.

Those law enforcement groups are the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major County Sheriff's Association, the National Sheriff's Association, the Major Cities Chief's Association, the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies, the National Narcotics Officers' Associations Coalition, and the Police Executive Review Foundation.

While law enforcement has long argued that its role is to enforce the law, not set policy, the police associations clearly felt they should have had input in the Justice Department's decision-making process.

"It is unacceptable that the Department of Justice did not consult our organizations -- whose members will be directly impacted -- for meaningful input ahead of this important decision," the cops wrote. "Our organizations were given notice just thirty minutes before the official announcement was made public and were not given the adequate forum ahead of time to express our concerns with the Department’s conclusion on this matter. Simply 'checking the box' by alerting law enforcement officials right before a decision is announced is not enough and certainly does not show an understanding of the value the Federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partnerships bring to the Department of Justice and the public safety discussion."

Beyond their issues with process, the law enforcement groups made it clear that they did not agree with the policy decision. The sky would fall if people could buy and smoke pot legally, the cops warned.

"The decision by the Department ignores the connections between marijuana use and violent crime, the potential trafficking problems that could be created across state and local boundaries as a result of legalization, and the potential economic and social costs that could be incurred," they wrote. "Communities have been crippled by drug abuse and addiction, stifling economic productivity. Specifically, marijuana’s harmful effects can include episodes of depression, suicidal thoughts, attention deficit issues, and marijuana has also been documented as a gateway to other drugs of abuse."

As if that were not enough, the cops also warned of "grave unintended consequences, including a reversal of the declining crime rates" of the past decades. But they didn't explain how allowing for legal marijuana sales in Colorado and Washington would cause crime to increase.

For the cops, though, the bottom line was not enforcing the law, but setting policy.

"Marijuana is illegal under Federal law and should remain that way," they wrote. "While we certainly understand that discretion plays a role in decisions to prosecute individual cases, the failure of the Department of Justice to challenge state policies that clearly contradict Federal law is both unacceptable and unprecedented. The failure of the Federal government to act in this matter is an open invitation to other states to legalize marijuana in defiance of federal law."

Maybe law enforcement should just go back to enforcing the laws, not trying to write them.





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trm

Posted: Sep 03 2013, 10:06 PM

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75175 You fucking pigs need to quit being relevant, your shit does not wash with the masses and besides you fucking pukes do what we say not what you want to do and making policy , so when did that shit become your function in this society? Well you fucking facist goons, do tell. You fucktards do not get to write policy you just get to enforce laws We the People say you get to enforce, get it dimbulbs, now shut your pieholes and just do the fucking job your paid to do not the one you want to do. You worthless screwheads.
Anonymous

Posted: Sep 04 2013, 1:38 AM

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173189 +1. Yeah, what he said.^^^
Anonymous

Posted: Sep 04 2013, 3:23 PM

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74196 Of Course they are upset. The drug war is a corner stone in the funding of their police budget. Nevermind how WRONG it is. And screw the people they make destitute and degrade. Like the colorfully worded fellow above said. The police do not dictate policy! Just do your same old, same old that you tell everyone while you violate them. "I'm just doin my job". Pigs.
Anonymous

Posted: Sep 04 2013, 5:22 PM

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67183 What 74196 said.
Anonymous

Posted: Sep 05 2013, 7:36 AM

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2423 This article gives a clear insight into where the true collective allegiance of law enforcement in America actually stands, and that is not with the taxpayers, but with the criminals who make ridiculous laws and create ludicrous policies to profit from outright robbery through taxation which pays for most of the violation of actual justice. It should be blantantly obvious to the people of this country that we now live in a firmly entrenched police state and that law enforcement personnel are no longer employed by us, but by the rogue entities that have infiltrated the government and turned it against us.
We as a nation desperately need to take a step back for a better perspective and put some critical thought into who the actual bad guys really are nowadays.
Folks normally start questioning the source of a pervading stench when it becomes as foul and offensive as this one has become.
People have got to wake up and quell this uprising in a non-violent manner before the whole of it becomes an irreversible tragedy, because our days are numbered to preserve the freedom and liberty that we still possess.
Anonymous

Posted: Sep 05 2013, 9:28 PM

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65110 This is one reason we need anarchy. Without government or cops, the drug problem could be dealt with very effectively. Organize groups to find the dopers and put bullets in their heads.
Anonymous

Posted: Sep 08 2013, 3:37 PM

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17365 The drug war stopped being about the bad side of drugs long ago. It's all about the money. Look at what local law enforcement brings in even when just busting the little guy growing a plant or posessing. They can confiscate everything you own including your bank account.
Don't tell me it's not about the money, and then of course, you have the officers who like acting out the role of military police on the avg citizen and have no conscience about hurting possibly innocent people.
Our police forces have gone rouge and instead of being part of the community they are the strong arms enforcing their own brand of justice.
Anonymous

Posted: Sep 08 2013, 3:39 PM

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17365 I laughed at the 50's talking points about the perils of marijuana. Most every thing stated has been proven to be false or suspect. Can they honestly believe themselves?
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