Ex-Denver Cop Backs Relaxing Pot-Possession Enforcement


A retired Denver police lieutenant stood alongside marijuana activists yesterday to endorse a Nov. 6 initiative that would make adult possession of less than an ounce of pot the “lowest law enforcement priority” in Denver, reports the Rocky Mountain News. Lt. Tony Ryan said he is not advocating drug use but that the city’s resources would be better spent fighting violence and property crime, rather than busting people for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

“I was a street officer most of my career through the ranks and homicides, rapes, assaults, domestic violence, alcohol was involved in every one of them,” he said. “Seldom is marijuana involved, and if it was, it wasn’t a cause as alcohol was.” John White, a police spokesman, said Ryan is a “retired police officer (who) does not represent the position of the Denver Police Department.”

Link: http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/elections/article/0,2808,DRMN_24736_5730972,00.html

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