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by Micah J. Fleck
Well, this shouldn’t be terribly surprising, yet it’s still a shame. New Pew research has revealed that a large amount of police officers (close to one third) are actually just as against pot laws as American citizens are continuously growing to be. Despite this, as a new report rightly points out, all cops, for and against, are still perfectly fine with arresting people for pot-related “crime” as long as the laws remain on the books, however. The reason for the lack of moral conflict, apparently? The job seems more important than anything else– including, it would seem, human empathy.
According to the latest reports:
Pew Research Center has released the results of the National Survey of Law Enforcement Officers, asking nearly 8,000 police officers about their personal thoughts on cannabis legalization for both medical and recreational usage. The study found that almost one third, 32 percent of them think cannabis should be legal for recreational use. However the largest group, 37 percent of respondents think cannabis should be legal only for medical use. After rounding errors, at least 30 percent of cops think cannabis should remain illegal.
Not mentioned in the study, but a reality nonetheless, is the fact that no matter the opinion of the officers on cannabis, they will still arrest you for it — as it is their job. Parents looking to medicate their epileptic children with cannabis wouldn’t be so scared of doing it if 60 percent of cops weren’t a threat. However, as proven by statistics, less the rare exceptions, the majority of cops continue to kidnap and cage people over this illegal plant — personal views on cannabis aside.