During a budget committee meeting this week, Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell was asked about marijuana, and here’s what he had to say:
“It’s here, it’s going to stay, there’s an awful lot of victimization that goes with it. If it were up to me, I do believe I would legalize it and tax it, particularly in sight of the fact that several other states have now come to that part of their legal system as well.”
I think that at the end of the day, a vast majority of police officers would prefer that marijuana was legal, so that they could fight real crime. I know if I was an officer, I would be so tired of enforcing a sham policy. It’s embarrassing when one really thinks about it. In any profession, would you like to enforce a rule the punishment of which is far more severe than any side effect from the act itself? Ludicrous!
I hope more officers get the courage to stand up and speak their mind, especially high ranking officers. In an era where government budget cuts are now the norm instead of the exception, it would be nice to see resources going to where they actually need to be going. If a superintendent in a conservative state like Indiana can step up and speak his mind, officers across America should be able to follow suit.