Legalizing medical cannabis is surrounded by controversy. While those for and against the legalization, agree that there are both positive and negative points to be considered. But, what those points are is often debated.
While many opponents of legalization state the possibility of increased criminal activity, there are several ways in which legalization will increase the safety of police officers.
The time spent on calls regarding drug activity involving marijuana, takes manpower away from more dangerous crimes such as domestic violence, robberies and fights.By freeing up officers, they will be able to increase the manpower being sent on the violent crimes, making it much easier to subdue the violent criminals. This will make for less injury to officers.
- Larger Forces
The money gained by being able to tax medical marijuana will enable cities to hire additional officers, making the presence of officers more noticeable to the criminal element.
More noticeable police presence has proven to decrease the amount of violent crime in areas where the police are present. Fewer violent crimes place less risk on the lives of officers.
- Fewer Incarcerations
By legalizing medical marijuana, fewer people will be arrested and jailed for crimes such as possession. This will free up needed space for criminals who pose a threat to society.While this has the potential of increasing the violence within prison walls, this can be counter-acted by having more funding to train guards, and it keeps the less vulnerable, often the most targeted in prisons, from being attacked, causing a danger to both prisoners and staff.
- Gentler Society
Many people suffering from mental health issues turn to alcohol to alleviate their stress. Alcohol, however, can make a person more violent. If these same people were legally allowed to receive medical cannabis, the potential for violence would be eliminated in most of the cases.
Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Santa Ana. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.