I’ve been following news about the cannabis world for almost 14 years and I’ve been writing about it for about ten years. Every now and then a story will get so much traction that I will see it in various forms in my news and social media feeds dozens of times.
The latest of these is the hysteria that has sprung up around the “problem” law enforcement is having with marijuana cases due to the legalization of hemp on the federal and state levels. I addressed the issue a couple of weeks ago, but the “problem” is apparently growing and threatens to destroy of criminal justice system as we know it.
Texas, Florida, Ohio, Tennessee and Georgia are just some of the states where police and prosecutors are wrestling with either a lack of technology to test a substance to see if it is marijuana or hemp, or an extreme expense to do so. As a result, many people charged with marijuana offenses are seeing their charges dropped.
Officials across the country are scrambling to order testing equipment at massive taxpayer expense (estimates in Texas put the total at $10 million +). All because they want to be able to make sure a substance is illegal marijuana and not legal hemp, so the person possessing the marijuana can then be run through the justice system.
I, for one, hope that as many marijuana charges as possible are dropped as a result of hemp legalization. I hope there are massive delays in getting the needed testing equipment, like maybe the requisition forms get rerouted to Iceland. This notion that people not being arrested and charged for marijuana possession is somehow doing damage to society is laughable at best and dangerously absurd at worst.
No one should ever be criminalized for marijuana possession. So if I mock those who think this is an actual problem deserving of weeks upon weeks of coverage in the media, maybe you can forgive me. Or maybe you can’t, I really don’t care.
I don’t care if police and district attorneys have to find actual criminals to lock up and prosecute because the crime lab can’t test the THC levels in some plant matter. I hear there are still rape kits that haven’t been tested yet…maybe we could focus some on those?
No? States are instead going to spend millions making sure they have enough hemp tests? Seems stupid to me, but I’m just some weed blogger.