The state of Oklahoma legalized medical marijuana two months, and that's now caused a series of heated debates and confusing laws regarding how the program will be instituted. And now law enforcement is making things even more confusing.
Members of Oklahoma's law enforcement community met with state lawmakers to discuss their concerns about the new medical marijuana laws. The meeting focused mostly on the usual BS we hear from anti-marijuana law enforcement, about how medical cannabis laws will lead to more black market marijuana and more children using drugs, the usual non-sense. But perhaps somewhat concerning is that law enforcement says they're not sure what laws to follow when they arrest someone for marijuana.
Oklahoma's medical marijuana law states that anyone found with 1.5 ounces of marijuana or less without a state license, but that can claim a medical condition to justify possessing cannabis will only receive a $400 fine. But Oklahoma has a separate law that decriminalizes low level drug possession. And basically law enforcement says they're confused about what laws they should follow.
“It would be our recommendation at that point (that) we’d follow 780 [the law decriminalizing low level drug possession],” one officer testified. “But quite honestly, we don’t know. We don’t know because there is conflict and there’s confusion in that arena.”
Other officers said they could use the old laws to justify arresting people for marijuana. Or they could follow the new laws that only require a fine. One officer said, “We don’t know which way to turn on that right now.”
So basically law enforcement is claiming they're not sure if they'll follow the law and give someone a fine or if they'll twist the law and arrest them.
Of course, the obvious thing would be for police officers to stop worrying about enforcing marijuana laws and worry about more serious crimes, but that was apparently never brought up during this meeting.
(h/t Tulsa World)