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Michigan Police claim marijuana legalization has made work difficult

NOW: Michigan Police claim marijuana legalization has made work difficult

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. – Michigan State Police say that legalization of marijuana is making their jobs difficult.

Officers say that they are able to smell marijuana at traffic stops but are not clear on how law enforcement should handle each situation.

Police are struggling to address reports they receive due to the legality of the substance.

“We come across a lot of kids that are under 21 that have possession of it and obviously that’s in violation so we seize it and go through the process that way but when we come across people that are 21 and older and actually have it legally that's where it's kind of hard to deal with it in that aspect," Michigan State Officer Andrew Jeffrey said.

Officer Jeffrey says police receive multiple reports of people smoking marijuana but police cannot do anything if they obtained the substance legally and are not underage.

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Ben 5 days ago
Translation: 'it's harder to commit entrapment and trample the constitution'.
Colette 10 days ago
Time for Indiana to legalize!
57skidoo 10 days ago
Prohibition of cannabis has been built on a tissue of lies: Concern For Public Safety. Our new laws save hundreds of lives every year, on our highways alone. In 2012 a study released by 4AutoinsuranceQuote revealed that marijuana users are safer drivers than non-marijuana users, as "the only significant effect that marijuana has on operating a motor vehicle is slower driving", which "is arguably a positive thing".


In November of 2011, a study at the University of Colorado found that in the thirteen states that decriminalized marijuana between 1990 and 2009, traffic fatalities dropped by nearly nine percent—now nearly ten percent in Michigan—less than their previous rates, while sales of beer went flat by five percent. No wonder Big Alcohol opposes it. Ambitious, unprincipled, profit-driven undertakers might be tempted too. Fewer bodies on the road, folks. Hundreds of them, every year.


No one has ever died from an overdose of marijuana. It's the most benign 'substance' in history.


Marijuana has many benefits, most of which are under-reported or never mentioned in American newspapers. Research at the University of Saskatchewan indicates that, unlike alcohol, cocaine, heroin, or Nancy (“Just say, ‘No!’”) Reagan’s beloved nicotine, marijuana is a neuroprotectant that actually encourages brain-cell growth. Researchers in Spain (the Guzman study) and other countries have discovered that it also has tumor-shrinking, anti-carcinogenic properties. These were confirmed by the 30-year Tashkin population study at UCLA.


In 1936 Sula Benet, a Polish anthropologist, traced the history of the word “marijuana”. It was “cannabis” in Latin, and “kaneh bosm” in the old Hebrew scrolls, quite literally the Biblical Tree of Life, used by early Christians to treat everything from skin diseases to deep pain and despair. Why despair? Consider the current medical term for cannabis sativa: a “mood elevator”. . . as opposed to antidepressants, which ‘flatten out’ emotions, leaving patients numb to both depression and joy.


The very name, “Christ” translates as “the anointed one”. Well then, anointed with what? It’s a fair question. And it wasn’t holy water, friends. Holy water came into wide use in the Middle Ages. In Biblical times, it was used by a few tribes of Greek pagans. And Christ was neither Greek nor pagan.


Medicinal oil, for the Prince of Peace. A formula from the Biblical era has been rediscovered. It specifies a strong dose of oil from kanah bosom, ‘the fragrant cane’ of a dozen uses: ink, paper, rope, nutrition. . . . It was clothing on their backs and incense in their temples. And a ‘skinful’ of medicinal oil could certainly calm one’s nerves, imparting a sense of benevolence and connection with all living things. No wonder that the ‘anointed one’ could gain a spark, an insight, a sense of the divine, and the confidence to convey those feelings to friends and neighbors.


Don't want it in your neighborhood? Maybe you're not the Christian you thought you were.


Me? I’m appalled at the number of 'Christian' politicians, prosecutors, and police who pose on church steps or kneeling in prayer on their campaign trails, but cannot or will not face the scientific or the historical truths about cannabis, Medicinal Herb Number One, safe and effective for thousands of years, and celebrated as sacraments by most of the world’s major religions.

Maybell42 11 days ago
Is this satire? Someone please tell me this is satire!
DylanThomas 11 days ago
How is this a story? "Officers say that they are able to smell marijuana at traffic stops but are not clear on how law enforcement should handle each situation." Lemme make this easy for you: the same way that you would handle it if you smelled potpourri or any other legal substance; let them go about their day without interference from law enforcement. What is so hard about that? If they were honest, what they really mean to say is: “We can’t falsely claim to smell marijuana and use it as a pretext to illegally search someone’s vehicle anymore."
roger 11 days ago
Good. They'd rather innocent people be ripped away from their lives and families, than have a little inconvenience.
DanEdens 12 days ago
Good. Now we can fire half of them since they can't put in as many hours harassing people over literally nothing. Bunch of leeches
Steve 13 days ago
"I really want to arrest these people, but they're not actually doing anything illegal, and that's hard for me to deal with." Well, dude, uhhh... sorry about your struggles. Try enforcing existing laws. You know, that thing that your entire job exists for.
DanLo 13 days ago
Wait so what’s the difficult part?? If over 21 they can’t do anything exactly what he said so what’s the problem there I see nothing making his job harder at all if anything it should make their jobs easier and less paperwork, no more of them fishing by them saying Saying this bullshit automatic search line “sir have you been smoking I smell marijuana please step out the car “
JoshuaTGibson 13 days ago
Heroin is flying around the state like a plague and this guy is complaining that he can't arrest someone possessing a legal substance. Boo-hoo. This is the equivalent of complaining that your pizza delivery service is closed so now you have to do hard work to cook dinner. Do your job.
CharlotteSquires 14 days ago
Ask if they look under 21 if they say no ask if they would call the cops on a neighbor drinking a beer...
CharlotteSquires 14 days ago
Ask if they look under 21 if they say no ask if they would call the cops on a neighbor drinking a beer...
Perposterown 14 days ago
"Officer Jeffrey says police receive multiple reports of people smoking marijuana but police cannot do anything if they obtained the substance legally and are not underage."

So what you're saying is, it's hard to arrest someone who isn't breaking the law? I fail to understand how this is an issue or makes it harder for them to do their job.
Perposterown 14 days ago
"Officer Jeffrey says police receive multiple reports of people smoking marijuana but police cannot do anything if they obtained the substance legally and are not underage."

So what you're saying is, it's hard to arrest someone who isn't breaking the law? I fail to understand how this is an issue or makes it harder for them to do their job.
Austin 14 days ago
Translation: "Michigan's costumed thugs feeling sad that they can no longer rob, beat, and cage, people for something that should've never been illegal in the first place."

How the hell does it make policing more difficult, when they no longer have any reason to worry about nonsense and could instead be focusing on ACTUAL crimes, with real victims?
Austin 14 days ago
Translation: "Michigan's costumed thugs feeling sad that they can no longer rob, beat, and cage, people for something that should've never been illegal in the first place."

How the hell does it make policing more difficult, when they no longer have any reason to worry about nonsense and could instead be focusing on ACTUAL crimes, with real victims?
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