washington dc marijuana decriminalization
Ending Marijuana Prohibition

D.C. Police Chief: Marijuana Decriminalization Makes Jobs Easier

washington dc marijuana decriminalizationLast year Washington D.C. decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. People are no longer being arrested for possessing personal amounts of marijuana in Washington D.C.. Instead, they are given a $25 ticket. Washington D.C. has one of the best decriminalization laws in the country. This has freed up law enforcement to go after real criminals, which is something that D.C.’s Police Chief says makes cops’ jobs easier. Per Marijuana.Com:

Despite raising concerns with the decriminalization of marijuana in Washington, D.C. before it was enacted, the top cop in the nation’s capital now says the policy makes police officers’ jobs easier.

Cathy Lanier, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, told NewsChannel 8 on Tuesday that decriminalization “saves us from having to charge someone for small amounts of marijuana now, because it really never was productive to begin with.”

Now that officers don’t have to spend time making arrests, “it’s a little bit easier for us,” she said.

I wish all members of law enforcement realized the fact that marijuana reform is good for law enforcement. Law enforcement should be going after real criminals, and shouldn’t be tied up enforcing failed prohibition. Jail beds should be reserved for members of society that are not fit to be in public, and should never be occupied by someone who was caught with a substance that is safer than alcohol or tobacco.

  • What’s good for law enforcement is bad for the businesses around prison that depend on well a mannered prison population to suck their blood.

    • Bic

      Yes. The private prison industry IS the new slave trade.

  • been there

    Wasting time on a $25 fine is still wasting time that could be better utilized elsewhere.

    • Silly Rabbit

      They don’t have to issue tickets, if they care not too ….. Important aspect is they don’t drag the individual in and book them wasting much time and money!

      • been there

        Still a waste of time and money – maybe less, but still a waste.

    • In 35 days they won’t even be able to issue the fine.

      • been there

        I missed that part in the article. Please educate me (by the way, I’m not being snarky) as I haven’t been able to find info on this 35 day issue. Thanks.

        • The Congress has 30 days from the day that Initiative 71 was transmitted to them to resolve to stop it. It will be 35 days (now 34) until those thirty days are up. (Only days when Congress is in session count which is why it takes longer than 30 days.) I keep a counter here: http://freedomscorner.org/dusty/2015/01/14/initiative-71-minus-30/

          • been there

            Here’s hoping!!

  • It’s time for full legalization from coast to coast. The debate is over and we have won, it’s simply a matter of effectively claiming that victory.

    • Oh how I wish it were that easy, but there are obstacles to moving forward immediately. Big old stubborn obstacles. Like Congress for example.