A recent article from The Washington Post has gone viral, as a recent DEA survey revealed that marijuana is one of the lowest concerns of many law enforcement agencies. While this information isn’t particularly surprising, it does serve to underscore the nation’s rapidly shifting opinions on marijuana.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway of this survey is that police are less focused on marijuana, and are more aggressively cracking down on the prevalence of heroin, methamphetamine, and other hard drugs. This is especially true here in California, where medical marijuana laws and decriminalization efforts have moved marijuana crimes to the back of most police agendas.
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The Perceived Threat of Drugs
In this survey, the Drug Enforcement Agency took a poll of more than 1,000 law enforcement agencies designed to represent a cross-section of the nation. They asked these agencies to name which drug they believed posed the biggest threat, and the results were as follows:
- Heroin – 38%
- Methamphetamine –33%
- Prescription painkillers – 15%
- Cocaine – 7%
- Marijuana – 6%
In responding to the survey, many local and state police agencies have stated that marijuana is simply not a big driver of crime. This confirms what most of us already know, yet police continue to aggressively enforce marijuana possession laws in states across the nation. The DEA is also still committed to “eradicate” all cannabis plants in the U.S., wasting millions of taxpayer dollars in the process.
Smarter Policing is Already Here
California has not completely legalized marijuana the way Washington and Colorado have, but casual users will typically only face a relatively small fine if they are caught in possession. Although attempting to sell, transport, or distribute large amounts of the drug can still lead to felony charges, it’s safe to say that most police agencies are far more concerned with cracking down on harder drugs.
At the Law Offices of Mark W. Girdner, we firmly believe that everyone facing criminal charges deserves to have their story heard in court. When you retain our Modesto drug crimes attorney, we will fight tirelessly to defeat the drug charges against you.
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