A law enforcement perspective on marijuana

January 28th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

I was asked by my friends at ACCESS Health and CASA to write about marijuana use in young people from a law enforcement perspective. I was hesitant to do so and I struggled with what to say about marijuana that hasn’t already been argued.

In November 2009, Maine voters approved Question 5, which enacted the citizen-initiated bill, “An act to establish the Maine Medical Marijuana Act” (LD 975, IB 2).  The Maine voters decided that marijuana should be allowed for medicinal purposes. I think most clear-thinking people would be agreeable to a cancer patient whose appetite has been suppressed by chemotherapy treatments to have access to marijuana, so long as it is regulated properly. Regulated properly … that’s where the problems begin.

Quick history lesson: When the FDA initially approved the new drug Oxycontin in 1995, it did so with the understanding it would be for extreme cases, like cancer patients struggling with pain.  Fast forward 15 years to 2010: I have seen this highly addictive drug prescribed to patients for mysterious back pain or knee pain.  As a police detective, I have seen up close and personal how this drug has affected our community. I have been in a police-involved shooting, worked drug-trafficking cases and armed-robbery cases, all having to do with addicts seeking this powerful and addicting drug; oxycontin. This small pill is wreaking havoc on our community as well as many others.

As a law enforcement perspective, I fear that marijuana use will follow suit with the oxycontin epidemic in

Article source: http://www.timesrecord.com/articles/2011/01/28/opinion/commentaries/doc4d4306d6ea8cc580413434.txt