We talk about police being brave and courageous, but I wish these officers had the courage to say this is wrong and I don’t want to be part of it.
Over my lifetime, we've created cartels because of drugs. Millions have probably died or been exposed to violence. People flee countries and now we want to build a wall to keep all the "problems" out of the US, that we're largely responsible for.
Let's not shame police. Same on you!
Both are extremely prevalent in cancer wards.
2) While I'd never criticise somebody own decision to avoid opiates (long term use gives you epic constipation), this preachy "opiates are evil thing" that's floating around (see every comments section everywhere) is bullshit that needs to stop.
Well-prescribed palliatively-applied opioids (in concert with other drugs) are great for palliative care. That doesn't change just because a few dipshit doctors hand out oxy for chronic backpain, or that drug companies have inappropriately marketed fentanyl, or that people die from opiate abuse because they try to self-dose using help on forums.
The fact here is this guy has an extremely finite amount of life left. People don't get better from stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
So again, props to anybody who can manage their pain through alternative mechanisms, but don't be part of the witch-hunt scaring people in pain off the good stuff.
You seem to be arguing that you should follow immoral laws until you have a chance to change them. That doesn't seem very moral to me.
On the other hand, homegrown weed is one of those things the Supreme Court, such as it is, needs to use words like "aggregate" to square federal regulation of it with the Commerce Clause, which is poppycock.
It’s a pretty crappy job: stop a car and you could be shot/run over; you tend to see people in extremis and encounter a lot of, well, let’s say “jerks”. Naturally it doesn’t encourage a lot of people to take the job. I have a friend who became a cop a few years ago and she has definitely become very very cynical which she had not been at all before.
None of which defends this heartless search; I’m just providing a contextual response to your comment.
The truth is that cops are far far more likely to kill someone than be killed by them.
I think the oppositional model and recent (last 30 years) glorification of militarism has caused grievous damage to the functioning of civil policing. Non of which excuses police abuse -- and in fact AFAICT encourages it.
On the other hand, the cops have to do their job. Till it's legalized, part of that job is to search for illegal substance. But maybe refusing a search would have made the choice easier for them as well. They decide not to pursue a warrant.
I heard that it's `treaties` that USA has with other countries that complicates legalizing medical cannabis at federal level. I am not sure about all the reasons though.
It strikes me as highly likely - especially given the fact that there was one bag that was searched by a single officer alone in the room with the patient - that there was in fact marijuana in their possession, and that the officers overlooked it.
If they're called by the hospital, they respond. Most of the police officers I know^† would be likely to judge a situation like this with compassion, not necessarily a black-and-white view of the law. Either refusing to search the room or acknowledging the existence of a controlled substance and refusing to act would put their career at risk; going through the motions of the search and "missing" it would give plausible deniability.
†: I'm no fan of cops in general, and certainly no "police apologist". I'm an Ancap, and both distrustful and resentful of police. I'm also a human being, though, and judge others based on their individual actions. I know a number of officers, some of which I consider fairly close friends. I don't agree with their choices, but am intellectually honest enough to recognize that they do in fact have a large positive impact on the world around them, and do what they do out of a sense of honor and duty to their fellow Man.
Kind of shocking that a website would downgrade connections in 2019.
FTA: > Sousley tells them that all he has are pills containing THC
If people disagree with the law, they should campaign for it to be changed. (And indeed, a change is in the works in Missouri, apparently. But as of now, possession of marijuana is illegal.)
A society where people feel they can pick and choose which laws to respect and which to ignore is a worrying proposition, IMO. The law as a whole may be far from perfect, but it's better than anarchy.
I contend that not only is this exactly what we have, but that you, personally, do it as well.
Do you drive? If so, have you ever exceeded the speed limit? Turned right on a red without first coming to a complete stop? Rolled through a stop sign? Driven with a bulb burned out so that your license plate is not lit?
If you've ever consciously done any of the above, then you have picked and chosen what laws you respect. I doubt that there is anyone in the entire country that has not consciously broken some law at some point.
> The law as a whole may be far from perfect, but it's better than anarchy.
That's... debatable :)
Marijuana is legal for personal use even here. Our police unions supported decriminalizing it because they said it was wasting their time.
AlsopPart of the purpose of juries is to try to prevent miscarriage of justice.
We are humans, not robots.
Smoking in a hospital?