Friday, December 22, 2006

Ex-cop teaches you how to hide drugs

An ex-Narcotics Officer is creating a video to teach people how to "Never Get Busted Again." His former employers remember him as being one of the best narcotics officers they've ever seen. In the article it mentions that he is in favor of marijuana legalization, believing the War on Drugs to be a waste of resources, filling the jails with harmless criminals.
I actually happen to agree with him about pot. I've never heard a cop story involving a violent stoner. I've never met anyone who did anything more than just sit and be stupid while smoking marijuana. The worst I've heard personally was the local kid, Alex Manocchio, getting stoned and driving his car into an 8-months-pregnant woman, killing her and her unborn baby. If it was legal, there could be laws passed preventing 'stoning and driving', just like alcohol. But that's a long battle and debate that frankly I don't want to get into. To me, I don't see the difference between pot and booze.
The problem is that his video, if I'm understanding the story correctly, is how to hide your narcotics. Is pot a narcotic? I was under the impression there were far more serious drugs out there than pot. I also believe resources would be better used pursuing the drug trade for those drugs that cause violent behavior, serious bodily harm, and addiction. I mean let's be honest...someone gets stiffed over a joint, do they go on a violent spree? Do kids become hookers for pot money?

That said, I think it's pretty sad that he used to spend his life upholding the law, and is now making a trade teaching people to evade the law. Unfortunately being a cop doesn't give you any room to disagree with the law. You uphold it, regardless of your personal beliefs, or you lose your job. Obviously this officer wasn't OK with that.

12 comments:

Bobby said...

"If it was legal, there could be laws passed preventing 'stoning and driving', just like alcohol."

Your laws don't include driving while under the influence of drugs?!?!?!

Operating under the Influence can be given to someone who's been drinking alcohol, smoking pot, snorting coke, or taking large amounts of over the counter medication.

"I mean let's be honest...someone gets stiffed over a joint, do they go on a violent spree?"

Absolutely, it happens. People are stabbed and shot over the smallest drug deals. Hell, people are stabbed and shot over a robbery where the person has $1.15 on them.

kateykakes said...

Merry Christmas to you and your hubby, Amy. :)

FroneAmy said...
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FroneAmy said...

Wow. Merry Christmas to you, too, Bobby.

Yeah, OVI includes drugs as well as alcohol here, too. But since drugs are illegal in general, walking under the influence is pretty much covered too. It's kind of obvious that I meant even if it was legalized, certain behaviors could be still illegal. Thus covering the incidents where someone causes another person harm.

Guess you also missed that part where I said
But that's a long battle and debate that frankly I don't want to get into.

Don't know what your beef is, maybe you had a bad day, or maybe I've been on your shitlist for a while. That sucks, but what am I gonna do about it?

Bobby said...

Or maybe you're just hormonal and read a dissenting opinion as a personal attack. It's obvious to YOU what YOU meant. The rest of us aren't running around inside your head and have no idea what you mean unless you articulate it.

FroneAmy said...

Or maybe you're just hormonal

Gee, that's pretty personal, don't you think? I don't care if you do have a different opinion, you don't have to attack me. And yeah, that is a PERSONAL attack.

Anonymous said...

Umm... here's a thought:

It's illegal to drive impaired. Impaired, as defined even by driving schools, is when you are unable to handle the car under any circumstances, and that also includes cases where drugs and alcohol aren't injested like when you are sleep deprived. If drive while tired and you cause a crash of any kind, you will be charged with impaired driving. Take the drugs and alcohol out of the equations for a second and think about that.

Just food for thought...
Lilly

Anonymous said...

And, IMO, it's not drugs or alcohol that fuels illegal activity, but rather's its greed. They say money is the root of all evil, but I disagree. I believe it's greed. Greed causes people to disregard the law and disrespect others' rights and property. You want something bad enough? Take it. There are no consequences great enough to stop someone. Not even death row is a great enough deterent to stop people from taking someone else's life.

Lilly

Brent said...

I stopped in to say I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I know I did.

FroneAmy said...

Hmm. OK I can't believe I'm doing this, but I guess I should clarify that while I may not believe marijuana should be illegal, I am aware that it is illegal. And driving under the influence of it or any other illegal drug which impairs judgment is illegal. But driving under the influence of a cold medicine or pain reliever is currently not illegal, if you don't cause an accident. Yet those legal drugs may impair your abilities just as much, if not more. It's interesting to note that it is illegal, I believe, in Sweden?? to drive while sick, for the same reasons.

My point was and is that IF pot was legalized, laws could still regulate it. My personal opinion is that pot isn't as dangerous a drug as others, and the instances where it could cause death (however rare) could be regulated the way alcohol is. I simply do not see the difference (other than chemically speaking) between pot and alcohol.

I understand people are going to disagree, and that's fine. I just don't really want to get into the debate, cause I don't care much one way or the other. I've never had the desire to smoke it, so I just don't care.

In hindsight, I didn't really want to spend that much of a blog post talking about pot, but more about the ex-officer teaching people how to evade the law. But it's disheartening enough that I didn't go on and on about it. J even mentioned that there was a judge the other day who said "This is the law. I don't agree with it but I can't do anything about it, and you broke the law. Here's your punishment." As long as they're still doing their jobs and enforcing those laws, it's not illegal to disagree with them. Yet, at least.

Mike@CopTheTruth said...

In Ca, if you are UI anything, including cold medicine and/or pain relievers, that has such an effect on you that your driving is impaired, you can be arrested. But I do agree that it's sad this guy is making money this way. It could have been worse, though: he could have become a defense atty.

The Enforcer said...

He's a dirtbag on the same par as Defense Attys. in my book