The cops in Verona, Virginia have a problem.
It’s been nearly three months since the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office made its biggest marijuana seizure in the department’s history when it grabbed 1,840 pounds of packaged dope hidden inside a truck at American Safety Razor’s industrial division headquarters in Verona.
However, the marijuana, each 23-pound bale triple-wrapped in tinfoil, brown shipping paper and plastic, remains stacked inside a locked evidence room at the sheriff’s office, the space permeated by the pungent odor of the illegal drug.
They can’t figure out what to do with it. They used to bury it in a landfill, but this much might encourage “gophers.”
Sheriff Randy Fisher said he tried to offer the marijuana to a federal agency for training purposes, but noted “they have all they need.”
Fisher said he’s now leaning toward incinerating the entire stash, but he declined to name where and when that would take place.
I’m suggesting the middle of the public square at about 8 pm on Friday night. Invite the entire town to watch. Note the reduction in violence that weekend.
While it’s an amusing predicament, there were some ridiculous statements by police that also caught my attention:
While acknowledging that many users who smoke marijuana don’t go on to abuse harder drugs, [Police Chief Jim] Williams noted it’s still considered a gateway drug.
“It seems to me not too many people start snorting cocaine first. It’s usually marijuana or alcohol,” he said.
So… are you saying that alcohol is a gateway drug? Or that the term “gateway drug” doesn’t really mean much?
Chief Doug Davis of the Waynesboro Police Department agrees marijuana is a gateway drug, and said he would support neither legalizing nor decriminalizing it.
“I don’t see where the difference is,” Davis said. “I think, like alcohol, it needs to be controlled.”
What? (I think my head exploded trying to make sense of that.) Marijuana is just like alcohol and should be controlled, therefore marijuana should remain illegal and unregulated, while alcohol is legal and regulated.
Howard Wooldridge in the comments nails them:
Chiefs Davis and Williams prefer that criminals ‘control’ the sale of MJ instead of the Commonwealth controlling it by putting it in a ABC type store. Again, we -the cops -would lose 99% of the money, when such a thing happens.