Liquor-Loving Cops Wage War on Marijuana Users

Last week, I wrote about the hypocrisy of politicians and public figures who endorse and promote alcohol use, while seeking to punish and shame those who make the safer choice to use marijuana. This same pro-booze double-standard is also promoted by the RCMP and other police forces across Canada.

From the earliest days of marijuana prohibition, the RCMP have been the primary advocates for our national war on marijuana users. The RCMP tirelessly lobby the government for stricter laws and harsher punishments.

Since Harper came to power, the RCMP have further increased their efforts against pot smokers, with a 30% rise in possession busts nationwide. Their anti-pot campaign has been strongest in BC, where RCMP have doubled the number of possession busts – provincial taxpayers are now paying $10.5 million dollars a year to detain, charge and convict marijuana users.

Yet while they devote ever more overtime hours to targeting pot smokers, the RCMP is awash with alcohol. Over 60% of RCMP admit to having three to seven drinks a day, and there is clearly a pervasive culture which accepts and promotes alcohol use within our national police force.

Like political parties, the RCMP often uses alcohol as a fundraising tool, thereby promoting heavier use. Also, RCMP go out of their way to ensure their officers have easy access to booze at work.

Pretty much every major police headquarters in Canada has a liquor license, and provides alcohol to officers from morning til late at night. Police don’t like to talk about it, but most officers have regular access to free-flowing alcohol in their workplace.

– Read the entire article in The Vancouver Sun.

Comments

9 Comments

  1. Anonymous UK on

    Police officers like to drink – this is true the world over. It is a stressful job and a job that emphasises camaraderie and team bonding which fits well with alcohol. This is just as well as alcohol is the ONLY option open to officers of the law! There is also a guilt element if the perception of alcohol is anything less than harmless. The best way to make it seem harmless is to have a bogey man (another substance that is seen as bad but used in a similar way) and marijuana fills that roll all too well.
    After 75 years of the prohibition of cannabis it has found it’s place in our society as has alcohol but these social conventions are very inappropriate to what the substances actually do to the individual and society as a whole. If we have any pretensions of human rights at all then the false view of these 2 substances must be seen as a great injustice.

  2. Paul Pot on

    The drug war is a war of one drug against the others.
    The drug of war against the drugs of peace.

  3. Don Berry on

    Marijuana prohibition is institutionalized denial of an alcohol problem. This is very common with alcoholics, and American culture is full of them. Much of the propaganda about marijuana is actually projecting effects of alcohol onto marijuana users.

  4. Anonymous on

    probably based on the same idea as naming a city, roads etc after indian tribes.. after they’ve been taken over and slaughtered.

  5. Captain Cannabis on

    What the hell is marijuana? It sounds like some bullshit propaganda term coined in the early 19th century to evoke racism. We don’t let them label our herb. Call it what it is: kaneh bos’m, or cannabis.

  6. Incogneatow on

    Here in America alcohol consumption among law enforcement is high also. I wonder if there is some sort of subconscious intention, within the ranks of law enforcement, to maintain the popularity of alcohol. Interesting, since the consumption of alcohol, by private citizens, makes a law enforcement officer’s job more difficult.

    CC you might want to consider integrating DisQus into your comment profile…

  7. RogueRaiser on

    haha, im not surprised. Just makes me more pissed off of the hypocrisy we’re living in.
    I can picture cops in they’re HQ.. table for donuts, table for the beer tap, and the drawer is for they’re hard liquor.

  8. Pleagalize on

    I thought it was bad enough our government would let us in Cyprus go broke before even considering legalizing marijuana for economic purposes, but to know that Canucks give their cops booze (from AM to PM, Charlie Sheen style) is utterly amazing. I always wanted to be a pot advocate, but it sounds like it is more fun to join the RCMP if we consider the open bar 24 hours and the access to firearms! where do I sign up!? BTW the RCMPs are the dudes in funky red outfits that look insecure about their sexual orientation while riding horsies, right? If so, you can totally understand why they’d want to be plastered day in, day out.

  9. Pleagalize on

    I thought it was bad enough our government would let us in Cyprus go broke before even considering legalizing marijuana for economic purposes, but to know that Canucks give their cops booze (from AM to PM, Charlie Sheen style) is utterly amazing. I always wanted to be a pot advocate, but it sounds like it is more fun to join the RCMP if we consider the open bar 24 hours and the access to firearms! where do I sign up!? BTW the RCMPs are the dudes in funky red outfits that look insecure about their sexual orientation while riding horsies, right? If so, you can totally understand why they’d want to be plastered day in, day out.