Marijuana is a cop’s friend. Pot makes scoring arrest points and getting career boosts absurdly easy for a cop. Pot makes people visible, smellable, arrestable, and easy to handle. It’s a cop’s dream.
When I look over my old arrest reports as a Miami cop, most of them are nearly identical: stopped car, smelled dope, found dope, arrested one and all.
The prohibition against marijuana, in practice, allows cops to vacuum up thousands of petty offenders. In every city, thousands of cops, corrections officers, and judges make their living arresting and processing petty offenders.
People with a joint in their pockets are arrested every hour of every day, all over America, by the tens of thousands… Half the criminal justice system would be out of business if dope were legalized. You’d see cops on strike holding signs saying, “Bring back our dope!”