I see that stoners are lighting up in Washington, as the state referendum legalizing marijuana has taken effect. This should be an interesting experiment in Washington, and soon in Colorado. I understand that their new law takes effect on January 5th.
As a police officer, I have been asked many times what I felt about the legalization of marijuana. My thoughts are simple. I am sworn to uphold the law, whatever that law might be. If the good citizens of a state decide to de-criminalize a particular thing, or to criminalize a particular thing, then I try to uphold the law. I don't make the laws, I am simply tasked with enforcing them.
I support freedom in all its forms, and the good citizens of Washington and Colorado have decided that the recreational use of marijuana is a good thing. Time will tell if their decision is best for them, and the proponents of marijuana are rightly celebrating their political victory. It'll be interesting to watch how this plays out. The police have a lot of work to do, and they've got to adapt to the changing times. I'm sure, in time, they'll arrest folks for driving intoxicated under the influence of marijuana. Just as we arrest folks now for driving intoxicated under the influence of alcohol. Time will also tell what the social costs of this expansion of freedom will be. That's for the social scientists and the legislators to argue about. Not the police. We're here to enforce the laws, not make them.
Good for the citizens of Washington. You've just launched a great and noble experiment in the percolator of freedom. It'll be interesting to see what you have brewed.