Pot-Smoking Policy at Police Academy 

Pot-Smoking Policy at Police Academy 
Posted by FoM on March 07, 2001 at 15:14:57 PT
By Thomas Doyle, Globe-News Medical Writer 
Source: Amarillo Globe-News
Amarillo Police Academy policy changes met with mixed reviews in the Amarillo community this morning. Several residents took issue with an APD policy to allow people to join the police academy if they have smoked marijuana more than a year ago."I don't think you can enforce the law if you're not willing to uphold the law," said Kris Dean.
"I just really don't think you should smoke pot and try to get into the police academy," said LeeAnn Graham."If he smoked one a year ago, he'll smoke one now," said Jack Hicks. Hicks added that those who smoke pot as an adult are saying they are not too concerned about the law, which is a big problem with a future law-enforcement officer."That's not showing a lot of respect for the law," he said.Others expressed similar ideas."If they did it once (as an adult), they'll be doing it again," said Virgil Sumpter.Scott Mitchell said he had no problem with the policy as long as a person had left marijuana use in their past.Still other residents were in support of the policy."I don't see any problem with that," said Kristen Pearce. "I don't think (marijuana is) any worse than cigarettes or alcohol."Residents were supportive of a policy that allowed people who may have experimented with drugs under the age of 19 to still be police officers."Kids do a lot of things they shouldn't do. Can't hold that against them the rest of their lives," said Jimmie King."I think teen-agers are going to try it," Graham said. "It shouldn't be held against them.""A lot of kids get involved in things they don't want to get involved in," Hicks said."I don't think it has anything to do with what they are like now," Mitchell said. `I just really don't think you should smoke pot and try to get into the police academy.'Complete Title: Pot-Smoking Policy at Police Academy Causes Controversy Source: Amarillo Globe-News (TX)Author: Thomas Doyle, Globe-News Medical Writer Published: March 7, 2001Copyright: 2001 Amarillo Globe-NewsAddress: P.O. Box 2091, Amarillo, TX 79166Fax: (806) 373-0810Contact: letters amarillonet.comWebsite: Police Archives
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Comment #3 posted by Toker00 on March 07, 2001 at 19:32:06 PT
Who are they kidding?
I have a story to tell that shows how ridiculous their concern is for students of the poice academy. My wife has been a city employee for many, many years. When she worked in lets say, Podunk, Texas, she pulled a prank on me. I had asked her to ask her friends if they knew where I could buy a bag. I was at home shortly after that, when I heard a car coming up the driveway. I looked out my window, and lo and behold, a city poice cruiser was a-coming up my driveway. I wasn't holding anything, cause like I said, I was looking, but I was still a bit comprehensive. A uniformed city police officer came to my door, and when he knocked, I opened the door. He said, "Could I come in for just a minute? Marie asked me to drop by and chat with you a minute." I said, "Sure." (I trust my wife with my life.) After entering, he stooped over, pulled up his pant leg and commenced to pull a full oz. bag out of his boot. I looked at him, (shock in my eyes, no doubt.) he looked at me, and said, "Marie said you might want this." I was flat assed floored. He laughed his ass off, then left. I stood there for a full minute with my mouth open, after he left. When my wife came in, she had a grin on her face, and asked, "Did my friend come by today?" I wanted to pounce on her, but this was so bizarre, we just wound up laughing together. Turned out to be some fairly good stuff, too. Probably came from the evidence room, huh?I've heard many, many other stories about choir practice and the like, so why are they so concerned about the cadets, when the officers who have been on the force for years, are regular smokers? And as far as enforcing the laws go, I've been stopped on several occasions, and simply been told to pour out the weed and go home. I know, very fortunate. Why can't they just buck up and Legalize it, damn it.By the way dddd, I am still getting an education from all those links you provided me. Some are very intertaining, and some are down right frightening. Thanks, bro.Peace. Realize, then Legalize.
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Comment #2 posted by arkain cit. on March 07, 2001 at 18:09:05 PT
Ha ha nope!
 Like this is real funny! Where were these people during Election Time? Shouldn't their conservative "ideology" apply around the circle, within the circle? See! This is the kind of hypocrisy that Many Poor cultures that can't even afford Electricity- let alone The Internet- have to deal with BLINDLY!?! Wake-up you so-called "intelligent" people. This is NO FAIR!!!  For many years past and to come, will these Prohibitionists be USING other peoples' ideas. They do it all the time! Don't let the conservative type fool you. They make a living off of Pretending. Read and Listen through their whispers. The ideas that they push are ideas they do not adhere to. No Fair. No Fair! They smile in their domains, reading HighTimes, finding out facts that they have to avoid. Tell the lie. Watch the wheels go 'round. Have fun listening to people use other peoples' words, but without their voices. Have fun listening to the ones who're hard to hear. The sick. The dying. The terrified. The silenced...
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Comment #1 posted by zenarch on March 07, 2001 at 15:35:01 PT
everyone . . . . 
who is a cop, contemplating becoming a cop, thinks being a cop might be cool, knows a cop, knows someone who knows a cop.  SHOULD SMOKE MARIJUANA!!!!!!How else will they know how dangerous pot is?
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