Even in states like Colorado and Washington State where recreational cannabis is legal, cops continue to use what's left of the law to fine and arrest cannabis users. The truth is while cannabis arrests are still occurring, when you take the time to research cannabis news like I do, day in and day out, you find that by all of the cannabis arrest articles in the news are due to irresponsible use, recklessness, and blatant disregard for the law. No longer are you hearing about police using undercover NARCs and detectives to bust the small time dealer for pot. All the articles I have been privy to over the last several years have involved occurrences such as:
- Neighbors calling the police to report someone whose home reeks of cannabis.
- Neighbors calling the police to report different people constantly coming in and out of a home.
- Police eye witnessing a 'parking lot drug deal'
- Police hunting down narcotics dealers only to find they also have cannabis on site.
- People growing cannabis home catches on fire and the FD arrives to find cannabis plants.
- Domestic disputes occur and 911 is called, the police finding cannabis plants.
- People get pulled over for driving recklessly and the police smell burnt or fresh cannabis in the vehicles.
Cannabis users need to face the facts that the majority of the population is still uninformed of the benefits of cannabis and many people may never be for cannabis legalization due to its psychoactive properties. As a responsible open-minded person I have to respect the points of view of the opposition that cannabis is not for everyone and they should not have to be subjected to cannabis being a part of their life, I feel their privacy deserves as much respect as the cannabis user. Most if not all of the circumstances above are situations which could potentially interfere with the lives of non-cannabis users. As laws ease up, marketing vamps up, and use of cannabis is increasing steadily. Police are now focusing their concentrated on other narcotics but if cannabis users are going to be careless, they can still be arrested. My message to cannabis users is this "don't be sketchy, be safe, and respectful to your neighbors's rights not to be exposed to the cannabis culture, it's not for everyone."