We can all agree on one thing at least: America's War on Drugs is a sham in many ways, especially in how it deals with marijuana. As much as we vilify cops sometimes for their actions, you have to go back to the root cause of all of the unjust actions -- the laws. We're not so different. Those police officers could be your neighbors, your friends, or maybe even your family. Moreover, they are not all "stupid" and "unjust" as some people would like you think. One could make the argument that many (if not most) cops probably want marijuana to be legal just as much as you do so that they would no longer have to deal with the bullshit arrests and citations. Rolling Stone did a great piece called Five Reasons Cops Want To Legalize Marijuana. Check out the insightful read:
Cops want to focus on crimes that hurt real victims.
In the past decade, police made more than 7 million marijuana arrests, 88 percent of them for possession alone. In 2010, states spent $3.6 billion enforcing the war on pot, with blacks nearly four times as likely as whites to be arrested. That's a lot of police time and resources wasted, says former Seattle Chief of Police Norm Stamper, who had an "aha moment" about marijuana policy while working for the San Diego Police Department in the late 1960s.
"I had arrested a 19-year-old in his parents' home for the possession of a very small quantity of marijuana, and put him in the backseat of a caged police car, after having kicked down his door," recalls Stamper. While driving the prisoner to jail, he says, "I realized, mainly, that I could have been doing real police work, but instead I'm going to be out of service for several hours impounding the weed, impounding him, and writing arrest, impound, and narcotics reports. I was away from the people I had been hired to serve and in no position to stop a reckless drunk driver swerving all over the road, or to respond to a burglary in progress, or intervene in domestic violence situation."
Cops have limited resources, and spending them on marijuana arrests will inevitably divert them from other policing. Adds Stamper, "In short, making a marijuana arrest for a simple possession case was no longer, for me, real police work."