Wednesday, September 25, 2019
TKC MUST READ!!! KCPD CHIEF SEYZ WEED FUELS KANSAS CITY VIOLENT CRIME!!!
As KCMO weed legalization took a step backward, here's the top cop sets up a straw man argument.
Respectfully, we disagree . . .
FEW ACTIVISTS CLAIM WEED DECRIMINALIZATION WILL REDUCE CRIME, INSTEAD THE MAIN ARGUMENT FOR MARIJUANA LAW REFORM OPPOSES PERSECUTION BY THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX TARGETING MOSTLY NONVIOLENT STONERS!!!
TKC doesn't smoke weed but most sober critics realize the waste of resources in putting pot heads behind bars is unfathomable given far more dangerous criminals on local streets.
More to the point . . .
WEED DOESN'T KILL PEOPLE, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE!!!
The Chief implies that weed dealers are violent but completely neglects to offer any stats regarding violence connected a virtual army of stoners who rarely cross paths with the law. When the Chief notes that "10 of our homicides have been directly motivated by marijuana" he's actually disproving his argument given that it's MORE LIKELY THOSE MURDERS WERE OVER MONEY DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE CURRENT ILLICIT DRUG TRADE. Fact is, drug dealers killing each other is a constant whilst their product often varies.
Instead of taking on crux of the push for marijuana law reform, the Chief's post offers anecdotes about murdered doggies and attempts to debunk the lesser claims of a movement that's making progress in Missouri and across the nation.
KCPD CHIEF: Marijuana's impact on public safety needs to be part of the conversation
Argument . . .
"Most people don’t realize the connection marijuana has to violent crime in Kansas City. On Sept. 10, two men were murdered in their apartment in south Kansas City. A dog was shot and killed, too. The men were known to sell marijuana, and evidence at the homicide scene confirmed that. Investigation has revealed the marijuana dealing was likely the motive of their homicides. So far this year, 10 of our homicides have been directly motivated by marijuana. The non-fatal shootings are even greater. Most of these marijuana-related shootings start as robberies of marijuana or the money connected to it.
"The common argument is that this violence would cease if marijuana were simply legalized. The data from states that have done so, however, show just the opposite is happening . . .
"There is nothing to prove the rise in violent crime was caused by legalized recreational marijuana in the states that have experienced it. But the correlation is undeniable. The conversation about legalizing marijuana has been largely one-sided. As law enforcement, we must consider the impact this could have on public safety, and that needs to be part of the conversation. We’re not here to stifle the discussion but to add to it. The societal cost and drawbacks deserve as much discussion as any argument made in favor of marijuana legalization."
Read the Chief's post in its entirety.
Accordingly, we ask . . .
IS THE KCPD CHIEF ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY AND WASTING EFFORT ARGUING AGAINST WEED LAW REFORM?!?
You decide . . .