With acute deterioration in public support and vociferous backlash against the State’s already-failed war on drugs, police departments nationwide should have grasped by now the perils of boasting about drug raids on social media — particularly when the booty consists solely of cannabis and cash.

Two NYPD cops from Queens, stern-faced before an insignificant seizure of weed in a post to Twitter, thus, are either obstinate braggarts, or hapless gluttons for punishment — and the Internet responded accordingly.

Officers Sardone and Winter of the 106th Precinct in Ozone Park stand in front of a table displaying a few dozen gram bags of pot, two machetes, and (perhaps as a cautionary tale) one can of Monster Energy drink, seem to appear concerned for the citizens they heroically rescued from, well, some weed dealer.

“One less marijuana dealer on our streets thanks to Officers Sardone and Winter,” reads the caption accompanying an equally clinical picture, posted from the official Twitter account of the New York Police Department’s 106th Precinct.

Not interested in letting the iconic dimebag bust image sink to the Internet’s dusty corners, or perhaps in the interest of increasing traffic to the precinct’s site, the pair of hero cops proceeded to tweet new versions shortly after the original first appeared.

Although the posts indeed received a smattering of neutral support, Twitter otherwise annihilated the bust as one farcical example of many throughout the duration of the wholly illogical and anachronistic war on drugs.

Volumes of research and findings from myriad scientific studies tout the healing and curative properties of cannabis and its derivatives, like cannabidiol (CBD) oil — yet, the DEA and Federal Government have remained bullheaded, failing to reschedule cannabis from its classification as a dangerous substance devoid of any potential medical use.

But that cult of a fervent few dedicated to destroying weed’s well-established counterculture acceptability has been backfiring in the current context of reputable medical research and loosening of state marijuana laws.

Fully 88 percent of people in the U.S. agree medical cannabis use should be legal, while 61 percent say, when it comes to recreational use, ‘legalize’ — the highest percentage of legalization supporters ever recorded by CBS News for that poll.

Almost needless to say, that the pair of chest-puffing NYPD cops stood victorious over a few dozen grams of pot, two knives, and an energy drink, became an instant Internet goldmine — the keenest of which noted the drug war’s astonishing hypocrisy, summarized in this highly-polished yet substantively flat reminder it’s altogether illogical to continue the war on drugs.

Following are just a few examples of many in which Twitter users deflated unnecessarily large egos, while educating law enforcement about the pitfalls of enforcing unjust laws.


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Claire Bernish began writing as an independent, investigative journalist in 2015, with works published and republished around the world. Not one to hold back, Claire’s particular areas of interest include U.S. foreign policy, analysis of international affairs, and everything pertaining to transparency and thwarting censorship. To keep up with the latest uncensored news, follow her on Facebook or Twitter: @Subversive_Pen.