Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Marijuana

Some places are legalizing marijuana, even for recreational use.  I think this is a very bad idea for many reason.  Legal or not, police should not be permitted to use it, on or off duty.  It can lead to liability issues for the agency or the officer.

Marijuana stays in the system for a few days and if an officer is involved in a shooting or traffic collision he should not have it in his system.  No agency needs that kind of liability of a questionable shooting done by an officer with marijuana in his system.

Agencies need to put policies in place that forbid the use of various drugs, without regard to their legality, rather the policy should focus on the effects of the drug.  Officers who have a prescription should also not be using it, marijuana is simply not compatible with good police work; that's what the SGT Says.

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