Marijuana arrests went up, murder arrests went down
1960 America, 90% of murder cases were solved. Today only around 60% get solved. Even with all the DNA and other technology improvements, more murderers are literally getting away with murder. The war on drugs is directly responsible for distracting cops away from actually protecting the public. A marijuana arrest is too easy for the police not to do. They catch a 20 year old with a joint, book him and it is pretty much case closed. A murder arrest takes actual police work. For the amount of time it takes to solve a murder, you could arrest hundreds of marijuana possession cases. Within the statistically driven law enforcement industry, one arrest is one arrest. The police are only human, they will make the easiest arrests to justify their ever increasing role in society.
Police get bigger budgets if they are seen to be doing their job. Pot makes them seem effective. Meanwhile society is a more dangerous place with public trust in the police at an all time low. We let almost half the murderers go, so the cops can arrest and ruin a kids life for smoking something less dangerous than tobacco or alcohol? Where is the justice in that? Where is the well spent tax money? Police enforce the prohibition of cannabis which is a direct conflict with a sizable minority of the population. The police because of their perceived injustices are alienated from the public. No trust means no cooperation. If you talk to a cop, you could end up innocent and in jail. The government already treats each of us as criminals by digitally spying on us. All resulting in a more dangerous environment for us to live in. Our tax money is being spent to pay bankers, give loop holes for big business and militarize the police. If you don’t think this is the first green shoots of a right wing police state then I want whatever you are drinking!!
Ending the prohibition of cannabis begins to change the nature of society. We do not want police capable of spying on our private lives. They are private for a reason. Without medical or scientific reasons to back it up, the government does not have a right to make something we find either medically or socially useful. They simply do not have the right.
The militarization of police forces reminds me of those religious cults you read about. At first you don’t notice them much but eventually you see them carting massive amounts of weapons into their compounds and you just know this is not going to end with the second coming of Jesus Christ. It is, and always will end in a bloodbath. The police have the weapons and the military training, and even though it is not necessary they break into pot growers homes like they are in Bagdad. This is a betrayal of the publics trust. It is injustice and society is suffering as a result.
What do we do about it? The answer is, we organize between ourselves. Talk to your neighbors, form groups either in real life or online that stand up for your rights. Cannabis is one of the clearest signals that the government has lost its way. If we break them on that, maybe the toxic GMO food they make us eat is next. Maybe the polluted environment gets changed for societies benefit rather than corporate profit. We all need to get involved. It is much to dangerous to do nothing and hope things will get better. Marijuana is a wonder plant. The medicinal value alone is staggering. It is time to get moving, mother nature has given us an alternative to the toxic pills we swallow from an 85 billion dollar industry.