Friday, August 22, 2014 10:20:39 AM
LordJim, you are correct sir. In my neck of the woods the constables are sometimes refereed to as revenue cops. They issue tickets to keep the public "safe". When there is a theft(ie. broken car windows and theft) they do not respond and instead send a form for you to complete and return. Thus fulfilling their obligation to "protect and serve", as it is written on every squad car.
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:36:19 AM
Damn, I was way below the limit.
His response was "Please don't". A minor pot bust takes hours of police time, will almost certainly not make it to court, will cost tens of thousands of pounds, will almost certainly not result in a conviction (juries tend to be reluctant to criminalise a 19 year old for smoking a splif in the park) and if you do get a conviction there might be a 50 quid fine after a 50 grand prosecution.
So the unspoken policy is "It`s fairly harmless, don`t waste time on it but don`t legalise it because it will upset the Daily Mail readership."
I understand that it is different in the US where there is a much more varied system of law enforcement with even fairly small communities having a high degree of autonomy of legal matters and (I`m open to correction) where the justice system is much more moneterised and aimed at making a profit.
Friday, August 22, 2014 8:17:29 AM
In the UK every now and then the government of the day asks a committee of scientists, senior police officers and experts in narcotics to look at the legal status of cannabis and other drugs. Pretty much always the response is "Legalise it. So many up-sides and so few downs. Increased tax revenue, decreased crime, police freed up for more important stuff, less of a 'gateway` aspect ..."
And every time the government says "Thanks, we`re going to keep it illegal." Which leads to frequent resignations from committees by swathes of frustrated scientists. Purely because they would lose votes from the anti-pot demographic and gain very few from the pro-pot side.
However, as politicians know that their kids are smoking pot almost no-one gets arrested for minor pot offenses. A local community cop recently gave a talk to teaching staff on drugs, someone asked if we should report suspectd pot use to the police. He chose his words carefully but it came down