N.J. Cops Get In Thousands Of Last Minute Marijuana Violations Before Legalization Changes

in #weedcash2 months ago (edited)

Voters in NJ months ago went to the polls and showed their lawmakers that they are tired of arresting people over cannabis. They want a change and they want to see legalization. They sent that message loud and clear that they want their tax dollars to stop fueling arrests against cannabis users that cost their communities tens of thousands of dollars, if not millions depending on how many they arrest and prosecute.

Since making those changes in the fall that they wanted legalization, cops have continued to arrest thousands.

Recent news reports suggest that the police have filed thousands of charges against people in N.J. for cannabis since November.

Many of these are allegedly charges for minor marijuana possession that have been filed and since they know they will be making changes to pursue these 'crimes' very soon, why the prioritization still on victimless crimes like cannabis possession in the region?

Every arrest and minute spent on a cannabis case is a minute that isn't spent on another that could involve a much more serious crime and threat to the community.

The police in N.J. and elsewhere need to stop policing victimless crimes like this and wasting precious resources on cannabis when there are more pressing priorities than cannabis patients to worry about.

I'd much rather see the police focus more on thefts, murders, trafficking, fraud, and a broad list of other activities, than wasting even one second on writing anything up over a plant.



I don't blame the cops as much as I blame the politicians. They're the ones with oversite responsibility; they're the ones that put pressure upon precinct captains who then, in turn, but on pressure on the beat cops.

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Yes. But... The purpose of a policeman is not to interpret the law but to enforce it. This doesn't excuse all evil behavior but some of it. Do we allow "x" in a public area. You may think yes it's fine; others may disagree. Ultimately hire politicians to make laws which we - as the public supposedly agree with; which the courts have upheld as constitutional. Does the policeman have the leeway to say that he won't enforce the law?

Hitting a child used to be common. If we pass a law saying that using a belt on your child is illegal can the policeman chose to ignore it if he sees it? The same all goes for drugs. What can and cannot be allowed is not determined by the police.

What we need to do is have the politicians accountable as well. The Minneapolis City Council and Mayoral office had oversite responsibility on the police departments rules and procedures. They signed off on kneeling on necks - and yet no one holds them accountable.

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