If officers with the Denver Police Department were permitted to smoke weed as an alternative to drinking booze, perhaps the department would have less trouble with alcoholic cops. This is the recent consensus of national pot advocacy group, the Marijuana Policy Project, who is calling on police officials in the Mile High City to change their anti-pot regulations, and finally allow the force to get stoned rather than driving them to seek out an escape at the bottom of a bottle.
Earlier last week, Denver Police Chief Robert White said he was “frustrated” with the apparent alcohol abuse problem among the department’s 1,400 officers, citing seven less than desirable incidents within the force that have been directly associated with alcohol. In an attempt to find the underlying cause of the problem, White announced Thursday that he was ordering a review of how the department deals with alcohol abuse among its own. "I'm concerned for the officers," said White. "I'm concerned for their wellness.”
However, the Marijuana Policy Project stepped in on Friday and demanded that the Denver Police Department also research the potential benefits of allowing their officers the option of consuming marijuana while off-duty. As it stands, the department has a zero-tolerance policy in regards to its officers using marijuana, even though it is now officially just as legal in Colorado as booze.
“Denver police officers know as well as anyone that alcohol use is a far bigger threat to public safety than marijuana use,” said Mason Tvert, with the Marijuana Policy Project. “Drunk and rowdy people cause them problems all day at work. It should not be a problem for them to relax after work by using marijuana instead of alcohol, if that’s what they prefer.”
Although there is speculation that repealing the ban on off-duty marijuana use is prohibited by law, marijuana advocates agree the Denver Police Department should join forces with other police agencies in an effort to amend those polices for the well-being of their officers.
“Coloradans now have the right to make the safer choice, and that should include our law enforcement officers,” said Tvert. “Police organizations always lobby on issues that affect their members’ health and safety. This case should be no different.”
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.