Cops Arrest More People For Pot Than All Violent Crimes Combined, Blaming Lack of Resources

Submitted by: daegog 2 months ago in News & Politics


Looking for killers is just too much work, lets just bust some pot heads and call it a day.

An excerpt from The Free Thought Project: The failed War on Drugs is alive and well in the state of Ohio where an average of over 20,000 people are arrested on charges of cannabis possession each year. While the Drug Policy Alliance reported that around 30,494 people are arrested for drug-related offenses annually, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws noted that the majority, or around an average of 20,453 arrests, are for cannabis possession and sales.

While Ohio legalized cannabis for medicinal use in 2016, it has taken over one year for regulators to finally start “to formalize how and where pot will be grown and available to medical patients,” which means that patients will just now start to see a difference.

However, despite the fact that they seem to have plenty of resources when it comes to arresting and detaining nonviolent offenders, police in Ohio are blaming a lack of resources for the fact that the number of homicide cases they solve continues to decline.

According to a report from The Columbus Dispatch, while over 80 people have been murdered in Columbus, Ohio, in 2017, police have made arrests in just 22 cases, with five cases being solved through “exceptional clearance” which occurs when the killing was self-defense, or the suspect dies. This puts the city at a 34 percent clearance rate for the year.
There are 13 comments:
Female 8,131
Ive been done a few times- and they are exactly right. They turn up, I'm pleasant and polite, hand over what Ive got and answer truthfully and readily. I neither buy nor sell- so I do not fund guns, human trafficking, slavery or any other of the nasties- so for a comfortable moring whoch includes a cup of decnt coffee and often a slice of cake they bump their arrest figures- it sucks.
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Male 530
The Police are a failure. Not the Police departments, Police officers. Mental rejects who can't get real jobs.
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Male 117
It's not a war on drugs it is a war on personal freedom.   --bill hicks

I believe in the absolute ownership of self. Once you get adult status you and only you own yourself.  As such I should have the right to do with myself as I see fit.  That includes suicide, drugs, prostitution, any and all of the crimes where I'm my own victim. I believe any laws limiting what I do with myself are unjust.   People addicted to drugs need help, not jail cells.  As soon as you force your will on another you're wrong. They have the right to ruin their own lives and no matter how sad it is it is their right.  Involve a minor Yep Go to jail, force another, go to jail. 

  but do something of your own free will and volition. That's choice not crime. 
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Male 1,940
geobas1 Agreed. If I want to smoke weed, its my business, and no one elses. The problem arises if I choose to drive stoned, and kill someone, or go to work stoned, and do a piss-poor job because of it, or go to school stoned, and fail because of it. What I do to my own body, in my own home, on my own time, is none of anyone elses damn business.
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Male 3,295
What is it now, 26 states and the District that have, to some degree legalized marijuana?
Mebbe the feds should get a fucking clue - as well as the remainder states.
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Male 344
Don't like it change the law. Just don't believe it will be consequence free, look at the states that have legalized it. There are positive and negative outcomes.
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Male 3,913
taxidriver Changing laws is not that easy.  The rich control the people that make the laws and when the rich (such as every big pharma opiod peddler) have an active interest in keeping a thing illegal, it remains illegal.
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Male 6,205
Where I live the penalty for possessing even less than 1/10th of a gram and a bong is up to 1 and an half year in prison along with a 3000 dollar fine and court costs
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Male 149
Cannabis users are mellow and non-confrontational. Easy money for gang extortion... I mean police forces. 
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Male 45
This is INSANE. The prosecutors are more motivated by personal political gain than doing what is right. 
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Male 3,913
TLDR:  If you need to shoot someone, drive them to Columbus, Ohio first.  THEN shoot them and leave the body there.

Just make sure you do not have any pot on you for the duration.
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Male 1,891
daegog Less than an ounce is a $150 fine, like a speeding ticket so smoke a spliff to celebrate when you're done.  The have yourself some hash browns at the Waffle House on the 100 mile marker.
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Male 6,100
Makes sense, actually. Murderers are dangerous. It's a lot safer to go after the pot heads.
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