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"Religion is a defense against a religious experience"
Carl G. Jung
"So really, ordinary reality is a kind of chemical habit, sanctioned by culture, which says it's okay to use certain drugs, eat certain foods, and have certain sexual behaviors. However, when you transcend all this pre-conditioning by returning to the original wisdom of the animal body, then you discover this immense dimension of opportunity. For some people, it is a frightening risk. To me, that's the psychedelic experience."
Younger cops seem to have a better attitude about drug legalization than older cops. The older generation was just innundated with the "loser druggie" image. I think that police in college towns probably see how futile the attempt to stop the flow of drugs is, but they still make the arrests.
The problem is that police (and federal, actually) departments are given funding based on the crimes occuring in their community. They also get to keep items that they have seized and either auction them or keep them for police usage.
Most smaller town municipalities don't have a lot of murders or other violent crime to report, so they don't get much funding to fight those types of crimes. Drug arrests, however, are used in the funding equation. Each time they arrest someone for 2 grams of pot, they still have another "marijuana arrest" to report to the DEA to get their pittance. It's in their best interests to have MORE drug arrests. I've seen the police in this town go from S&W pistols to brand new Glocks with Tritium sites, tactical flashlights, MP5's and Benellis in their car, spike strips, four wheel drive police vehicles. All of this in a small mountain town? Due in part to the federal funding they get for all of the "drug crimes".
I think that the best way to approach it when talking with police (not at the time of an arrest, of course, in some social situation) is to ask how much time they spend just dealing with non-violent, small amount, recreational drug users who haven't broken any other laws. See if they feel that all of that time could be better spent doing something else, if they feel that the arrests are serving a purpose and what that purpose is. Most cops, if you meet them at some social event, are really cool about talking about their jobs and their opinions on them. You can just tell that some hard-ass old cop isn't going to be for people smoking dope because he equates it with the long-hairs who were protesting and smoking pot when he was in Vietnam. Don't bother with them
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