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Paradigm Shift — Unusually High Number of Cops Quitting to Join the Push for Legal Weed

Illinois recently joined the list of more enlightened states by enacting a Medical Cannabis Pilot Program, with the legal sale of medical cannabis commencing on November 9. While the first week garnered $210,000 in sales at the few dispensaries currently open, another statistic is proving to be very interesting.

The Illinois medical cannabis business is attracting an unusually high number of former law enforcement officials, with a wide range of backgrounds, from homicide detective to judge to Secret Service agent.

Doing business with former drug war enforces might make the average cannabis enthusiast a bit concerned, but many of them “describe dramatic conversions borne from seeing the benefits of marijuana for the sickest of patients, including children with epilepsy or cancer-stricken relatives.”

I’ve done a total about-face on my views,” said Ben Percy, who worked as an Illinois State Police officer for 27 years and says they “took quite a bit of money, drugs and criminals off the road.” Percy is now general manager of Trinity Compassionate Care Center in Peoria.

Terrance Gainer was a Chicago homicide detective, Illinois State Police director, assistant police chief in Washington, D.C., U.S. Capitol police chief and U.S. Senate sergeant-at-arms. Now he advises Green Thumb Industries on its security needs.

Gainer says, “the sea change in society and our attitudes” toward cannabis, along with the potential for big profits, drew him to the Illinois medical cannabis business.

Former judges, prosecutors, U.S. Marshals, and DEA agents are now opening grow operations and dispensaries, advising on regulatory compliance, advising on security and providing armored transportation. The HCI Alternatives dispensary is opening right next to the state police regional headquarters.

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It’s been incredibly rewarding,” said Pat Moen, who has spoken with more than 100 current or former law enforcement officers about going into the medical cannabis business. “This is a mainstream product sought by mainstream consumers.

While it would be easy to lambast these former drug war enforcers for their past actions, we should instead encourage them, so their own enlightenment can spark further change within law enforcement.

Perhaps they will join the growing ranks of an important advocacy group—Law Enforcement Against Prohibition—“who bear personal witness to the wasteful futility and harms of our current drug policies.”

“By continuing to fight the so-called ‘War on Drugs,’ the US government has worsened these problems of society instead of alleviating them.”

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  • The only reason why people do not have what they want is because they are thinking more about what they don’t want than what they do want. Listen to your thoughts, and listen to the words you are saying. The law is absolute and there are no mistakes. – The Secret

  • Support this site and support the communist party !!!!

    • You’re a Special Kind of Stupid aren’t you?

    • Naw, I’m an enlighten individual who has the ability to identify an idiot as an idiot. That would be you – asshole.

    • “I looked up communism in the dictionary. You know what it means? Sharing. Shit, we tell our 4 year olds to do that! SHARE you little shits! It’s really not that bad. Russia just didn’t do it right.”–Russell Brand

    • Awe, the so called patriot is butt hurt after being called out, well the shoes does fit you very well huh Copsucker?

  • unusually high, number of cops quitting joining push for legal weed

  • Why would you support people who made a living off inprisoning, beating and killing human beings for a plant to now get to make money off the same plant before anyone else? BULLSHIT

  • I used to have the misconception that legalizing drugs would stop crime, that is incorrect. As an anarchist I strongly support legalizing drugs as a matter of freedom, as a matter of violence, the problem is not drugs, is money. Eliminate money and teach people to give without getting in return anything (may sound irrealistic) and if everyone does, everyone benefits.

  • It’s a crying shame that isn’t how Flint is.

  • kind of like slavery,,,,,

  • Its just a way for them to keep people sick and profit, while crime wont stop

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  • Cop arrests a person for simple possession, has to fill out paperwork. Goes to court. Person is jailed if they are black. All this, and the tax payers have to pick up the tab. Insane.

  • Are government uses coke and opium to make pharmacy drugs. That kill you. Man made drugs kill you. With a nation fuck up on drugs, we will fail as one. There’s something bigger going on out there with this drug thing. You guys need to smoke some weed, and maybe find some zen.

  • They shouldnt make them legal. They dhould decriminalize them though

    • Legal in the same way that alcohol and tobacco are legal

    • If you decriminalize something then the taxpayer no longer foot the bill for the police to continue chasing ppl. Drugs are a personal choice regardless how they are used , removing free choice for recreational ise is stupid just like prohibition was. It failed and resources were wasted trying to control something that isnt controllable. If pot was decriminalized the value of it would drop as would its use. If ppl could freely grow their own in their homes just lile regular houseplants then the great mystery of it would burn out

  • OHMYGOSH…please stop calling cannabis Drugs,,,,I love the sentiment but it is Not a drug

  • Damn right

  • Cannabis is not a drug !

  • Prohibition did not work. The making drugs illegal is a form of prohibition. It drives the price of drugs high and there for it causes crime.By those who sell it and those who use it. Organized crime love it. Saw a mam last not that said he had not took a drank in 85 years but if the government said he could not have one he would have to get a bottle and go drank it in front of a federal court house.

  • Why doesn’t anybody talk about the devaststing effects of marijuana on mental illness…nobody in the legalization community has addressed that and that’s part of the reason there is so much violence in our society…second hand marijuana smoke causes mental illness! They aren’t even enforcing the smoke free laws where they should and marijuana can kill people with mental illness …it’s your responsibility to address this free though project

  • because weed is all natural, nothing man made needs to be added to it, its nature and God doesn’t make mistakes

  • same with the war on terroism

  • The war on drugs is an epic failure at a cost of a trillion dollars since it’s inception

  • One may look at what Portugal has done with some surprising results. Good for Portugal for taken a road less travelled, a more humane approach.

  • That leaves nothing but lame cops then :/ still interesting though

  • Coming to a town, hamlet and burg near you, the war on drugs fuses with the war on terror. That’s right folks get ready to live in the world of safety and security.

    Hey if you’re not doing anything wrong why worry about the government poking around in all aspects of your life.

    This PSA was brought to you by…….oh shit they’re breaking down the door

  • So the guy spends 27 years ruining people’s lives and stealing from them and now he sells weed and has done a complete turn around in his thinking about drugs. I don’t think so, he has the same thinking. He can continue to make a living off of drugs, legally now. Believe me police know how much money there is in selling pot. I find this hypocrisy at its best. First they take everything we hold dear for pot then turn around and make money selling it to the same sort of people. Shameful.

  • Or, high numbers of cops being recruited by the FBI to act as informants and saboteurs within the medical marijuana community. Trusting a cop is one of the least intelligent things anyone can do.

  • Did you know that if you cooperate with police officers even when you have weed on you, it is very likely they won’t fuck with you as bad as if you acted like an asshole and attacked them?

  • “Richard John Wershe Jr. is a political prisoner in America. The political component of his ordeal is local, it’s harsh and it’s vindictive.

    Wershe, who grew up in Detroit, was sentenced to life in prison without parole for a non-violent drug crime committed when he was 17. The law was eventually changed to allow parole but that hasn’t made a difference for Wershe. He is Michigan’s last remaining juvenile non-violent drug offender, still behind bars after 27 years. Wershe, who has been described by a prison official as a near-model prisoner, was never charged with any drug-related violence, he was never charged with ordering any drug violence, he never operated crack houses, he was never charged with conspiracy because he never had a gang, he was never named as an unindicted co-conspirator in any narcotics case and he was never called as a witness in any drug trials. Yet, he’s been labeled a drug lord and kingpin.” – http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/29/is-cocaine-legend-white-boy-rick-serving-life-for-busting-crooked-cops.html