Hennepin County sheriff: Lax marijuana enforcement is bad

  • Article by: RICH STANEK
  • Updated: September 18, 2013 - 7:51 PM

The federal government’s decision to cede to two states makes things harder for the rest of us.

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tituspulloSep. 17, 13 6:52 PM

Why don't you just be honest about it Mr. Stanek. You don't want lax marijuana laws because you rely on the funding to outfit your officers with paramilitary style gear and the ability to easily confiscate property and cash from those busted.

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ztwoodsSep. 17, 13 7:03 PM

It is time to stop with the mj laws altogether! We don't need to put people in jail for weed! Our jails are to full anyway!!

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badcopperSep. 17, 13 7:10 PM

Toughen up the dope laws. Crack down hard on dealers.

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mgmckeSep. 17, 13 7:15 PM

Why is it that GOP members always tout "State's Rights" when they can be used to limit freedom, but not to expand freedom?

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creepycatzSep. 17, 13 7:17 PM

Just give up on your line of nonsense; busting folks for weed is nothing but a revenue source for your department. The more you propagate a lie the less credibility you have. MJ will be legal in just a few years, get over it!!!

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foneboothSep. 17, 13 7:17 PM

As a former 20+year law enforcement officer in this state, I came to the conclusion that the primary reason for the violent crime associated with mj is it's illegality. Although I never met Sheriff Stanek while in the business, and while I respect his opinion, I have to thoroughly disagree with him. A lifelong friend, a pharmacist with 40 years experience told me this summer there is good science behind the use of medical mj. This substance needs to be legalized and regulated just like alcohol and tobacco are, allowing society to reap the profit instead of drug lords. Law enforcement has barely made a dent in the use of mj in the past 45 years. It is time the laws are changed.

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jd55604Sep. 17, 13 7:21 PM

The war on drugs and all of the federal funding that goes along with it has been very lucrative for the Hennepin County sheriff's dept. Guess they'll have to resort to issuing more speeding, parking and red light camera tickets. I thought these guys worked for us and policed according to the wishes of their constituents. The people aren't concerned with the sheriff's dated views on reefer madness. We want an agency led by a leader who shares our views on decriminalizing drugs and de-militarizing our police.

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thedanmanSep. 17, 13 7:41 PM

Time to get over it sir.

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bluedevil101Sep. 17, 13 7:42 PM

What will the legal limit be for those who drive stoned? How will this be measured?

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allhailfsmSep. 17, 13 7:46 PM

The sheriff is not only wrong, he is unqualified to make this determination. Cops like MJ laws primarily because it gives them an excuse to search cars. All they need is to get a dog to "alert" on the car and they can search it. A dog "alerting" on a car is extremely subjective and the dog can be coaxed into the reaction the cop is looking for.

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