Police Chief: Legalize Marijuana, Use Tax Revenue To Fund Drug Treatment

WISCONSIN:  Madison Police Chief Mike Koval endorsed the legalization of marijuana last week, saying the drug should be regulated and taxed, with revenues used to fund treatment programs for harder drugs.

The comments came during an interview with the State Journal Wednesday about data showing African-Americans in Madison were arrested or cited for marijuana offenses at about 12 times the rate of whites in the city.

Koval called efforts to enforce laws against marijuana an “abject failure,” and said the same about the broader war on drugs. “We’ve done such an abysmal job using marijuana as a centerpiece of drug enforcement, that it’s time to reorder and triage the necessities of what’s more important now,” Koval said.

Referring to the states of Washington and Colorado, which have legalized the drug for recreational use and sell it at state-regulated stores, he said it was time for Wisconsin to consider doing the same.

 

Marijuana Ticketing Decision Up To Government: Canada’s Police Chiefs

CANADA:  The head of Canada’s police chiefs says there have been talks over the past year with a number of members of government about letting police hand out tickets to people caught with small amounts of marijuana.

Last year members of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police passed a resolution in favour of the option.

Association president, Vancouver Chief Const. Jim Chu, says there have been ongoing discussions for the past year but the decision in the hands of government.

Chu says police across the country are operating in times of fiscal restraint, and chiefs will discuss the effect of cuts in other areas — such as mental health funding — that end up downloaded onto police.