As the states have been passing the medical and recreational marijuana laws, is it the beginning of new cry’s of profiling? Colorado is dealing with just such an issue as a resident is saying he was profiled when pulled over in Idaho, simply because of his home state. Washington and Colorado have passed the use of marijuana for recreational use, but the sale of this drug is not yet for sale. There is a world of difference between using the drug for medical purposes and using it for recreational purposes. Has this left the citizens of these states open to profiling by state police in other places? A 69 year old man from Colorado would give this question an emphatic yes, as he was detained for hours while his car was searched for what police said was the smell of marijuana. None was found and one year later finds this incident in court. Both sides are adamant in their views of what took place on a Sunday evening at 11:30 pm.
20 states currently allow the use of medical marijuana and only two have legalized it for recreational use. Did Colorado and Washington open the doors for police to profile drivers based on their residence, worried that they could possibly be caring drugs simply because it is legal in their state? Transporting drugs is illegal and the laws are strict on having medical marijuana on a person, requiring that the person has no more than 3 grams in most states, and it must be in a locked container. Many questions need to be answered in light of the legalization of marijuana for personal use, and the laws should be as strict or more so to eliminate the possibility of transport of the drug through out states with no such laws. There is still so much controversy over the medical acceptance of this drug, is it any wonder that using it just to get high would have law enforcement up in arms.
Those that truly rely on medical marijuana for relief from such debilitating diseases, like chronic pain, epilepsy and glaucoma and those that need the help with cancer and its conventional treatments that rob them of quality of life without it, are worried that legalizing the use of it for other than medical purposes will force state governments to look twice at keeping the drug legal for medical use. Opponents of these laws are concerned about the acceptance of drugs by children, however can’t these same children find these drugs anyway? The difference is the street dealers don’t care if you are under age and the penalty if caught with the drug without a prescription, could mean the difference between jail time or a stint in rehab. Colorado debates the pro’s and con’s in the Taunton Daily Gazette, discussing the effect on children and on the economy. The money that is brought in through the sale of legal marijuana is also part of the debate, the revenue from selling the legalized version of the drug means big money for the state and in many cases the school systems.
by Kristi Cereska
Opinons by Kristi Cereska