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TACOMA: Pot initiative saves police resources

Letter by Colin W. McCann, Fox Island on Oct. 19, 2011 at 9:17 am | 1 Comment »
October 19, 2011 9:17 am

Re: Tacoma’s Initiative 1.

As the state of Washington, and even the country, moves into a climate of large budget cuts to governmental programs, is it finally time to admit that our police force’s war waged on marijuana users has ultimately failed?

Simply put, yes. This answer seems clear even to a nonsmoker such as myself. Unless the offender has committed a serious crime, or is a drug lord, there is no reason to prosecute these people and waste precious tax dollars on such a charade.

By making marijuana offenses the “lowest enforcement priority,” the police force will be able to spend time preventing real crime around our communities. As budgets are cut, and police officers are laid off, it is inarguably important to make sure our police departments are operating at the highest possible efficiency level possible.

Admittedly, the police force already has scaled back a considerable amount of time on chasing those who use marijuana, but this initiative would be yet another step in the right direction for the police department.

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