On his first ride-along with police offiers, Ben Stuckart says he learned a lesson about marijuana laws.
It was in September, before his election as Spokane City Council president, and he and an officer responded to a pair of marijuana calls. But in the “zero-sum” game of policing, Stuckart says the officers could have instead been responding to priority calls.
“If we’re spending resources on enforcement of marijuana laws, then we’re not spending it on [catching] people breaking into cars,” Stuckart says. “By legalizing it, we can regulate it very similarly to how alcohol and cigarettes are regulated.”
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