Police may not see marijuana as a significant crime based on the much talked about Drug Enforcement Administration’s “2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary.”
Evidently the DEA asked a nationally representative sample of over 1,000 law enforcement agencies what they saw as their biggest drug threat. Marijuana came in at the bottom of the list, named by only 6 percent of survey respondents but don’t dare get caught with marijuana in Virginia.
Most police departments name heroin and meth as their top drug threats in their communities. The threat of heroin has more than quadrupled since 2007, after all it’s a lot cheaper than prescription painkillers and easier to get!
Researchers have known for a long time that compared to other recreational substances, including alcohol, marijuana doesn’t cause that much harm. It’s probably even safer than many people think. You might want to be more concerned with getting arrested than potential harm from marijuana. You also may want to put your bail bondsman on speed dial. In Virginia any Bail Bondsman will tell you that 80% of their clients actually site alcohol as the primary driver of their crime. The Virginia ABC Board states that sales in 2014 was over $800,000,000 – really, that is a lot of booze!.
Arrests for marijuana is a common tale in Stafford Virginia. Cops keep arresting people for marijuana possession, maybe it is just low-hanging fruit but Marijuana is by far the most widely used illegal drug. More users means more potential arrestees. These arrests are no joke for the people caught up in them, and they get you a free ride to the Rappahannock Regional Jail. Thank God your Bail Bondsman will be there to save you but it takes precious police time and resources away from more serious crimes, like rape and murder.
Great article that is sure to stir some debate on both sides of this hot button issue. Thank you for posting!!
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