Cannabis Cop: Stories from the week of March 7, 2014

From: Howard W.
Sent on: Monday, March 10, 2014 8:33 AM
COP on the Hill
Stories from the week of March 7, 2014
CPAC 2014:  It was 3 long days of non-stop talking/listening to the roughly
10,000 rabid conservatives.  I had 3 knock-down chats w/ lovers of
prohibition...the other 150 chats were a love fest.  'Zillions' took a foto
of the shirt.    For the first time ever CPAC did a straw poll on
legalize/regulate marijuana.  A plurality 41% said YES to legalize, 27% more
said only MMJ, 20% keep all illegal, 10% undecided.  Not too bad & more work
to be done.
I am in a great hurry to pack for two weeks in Vienna to battle the UN and
its drug czar.  
Major change:  I promoted LEAP all weekend, not COP...more on this later.
One story:  Sarah Palin and I had a 20 second chat in 2012.  As she was
walking out on Saturday, we made eye contact.  She waved and winked.  I
waved.
One published LTE at very bottom.
The media was tremendous...21 interviews..5 already published. See below...
From Buzz Feed:
http://www.buzzfe...­
c?s=mobile
20. The postcard Republican family...
 
...and their crazy uncle.
 
From The Atlantic: a cowboy-hatted former policeman in a "Cops Say Legalize
Pot" T-shirt asked Beach, "How do you justify morally the deaths of dozens
and dozens of kids (killed while selling marijuana)  on your altar of
prohibition?" 
From Huffington Post: http://m.huffpost...­

Howard Wooldridge

Do you support decriminalization? "Yes, because we can arrest more
pedophiles and other threats to our kids if we don't waste time on a green
plant. And we want to eliminate the job option that teenagers have -- to
sell marijuana and other drugs -- so that they aren't shot, six to seven of
them every day in America. It's shameful, it's immoral that this country has
a job option for kids which gets them shot, killed or at a minimum sucked
into a gang and a lifetime of crime."
Have you ever smoked weed? "I have smoked pot. The last time I smoked
illegal pot was 35 years ago at Michigan State."

From Al Jazeera: 
And then there were those who were impatient for the Republican Party to get
with the times and modernize.  
Howard 'Cowboy' Wooldridge wandered the convention center sporting a cowboy
hat and a T-shirt reading "Cops Say Legalize Pot" - once a heresy among
conservative voters but one that is starting to gain more traction. 
"Conservatives and libertarian-leaning folks understand that prohibition is
a liberal nanny state policy," said Wooldridge, a former police detective.
"Young kids get it - they believe in personal freedom."
He added that Republicans were at risk of once again alienating those voters
if they were unwilling to at least adopt the stance that the decision should
be left up to the states.
"You're going to annoy 25 million young people," he said. "They're going to
think we're the same old dinosaurs, the same tired old people who are stuck
in the last century."

  
Retired Police Detective Howard "Cowboy" Wooldridge, co-founder of Law
Enforcement Against Prohibition, uses the legalization of pot as a
conversation starter for personal liberties on March 7.
From Politico (Major Capitol Hill paper:
http://www.politi...­
 Also quotes in Salon 
*	 58 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs,
etc.    08 this week
*	 81 interviews and reports in minor media = blogs, cable TV, weekly
papers, etc..   16 this week 
*	36 Appearances on major TV networks..this week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC,
Univision)...02 this week
*	18 major conferences attended..  this week (CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC,
ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions.  etc)   01 this week
*	26  published interviews in major (daily)newspapers or magazine...
03 this week
*	78 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free
publicity: $75,000)..   01 this week
	  
COP stats since inception: August 2009
		     1490 Presentations to Congressional staffers..    01
this week
*	55 brief chats with Members of Congress..   this week
40 Radio Interviews..    this week      
*       2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard's efforts & in
support of COP position
*       Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist's Wednesday brunch attended by
150 conservative leaders.   Named the "Grand Central Station of the
Conservative Movement."
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Pubdate: Tue, 04 Mar 2014
Source: Baltimore Sun (MD)
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Author: Howard J. Wooldridge
WHY POLICE OPPOSE LEGALIZED POT 

Speaking as a retired detective, I heartily agree with Dan Rodricks'
observation that Maryland police officers want - a little too much - to
maintain marijuana prohibition ( "The social fears behind the pot wars,"
Feb.  27 ).  Based on my 17 years of involvement in reform, the last eight
on Capitol Hill as a lobbyist and advocate, my profession has three reasons
to keep marijuana illegal: money, money and emotion. 

Police make lots of money in the easy overtime for the minor bust and drug
squads and receive lots of "free" money from the federal and state
governments to chase a green plant.  Civil asset forfeiture is an important
and growing factor in police budgets.  Drug cases actually bring money into
the department, whereas arresting a pedophile is a drain on the budget. 

But here's where emotion comes into play: It will be traumatic for many
officers to accept the reality that their colleagues who have been hurt or
killed in drug cases suffered for an evil, ineffective and failed social
policy.  Officers in Colorado and Washington already know this pain. 

Howard J.  Wooldridge, 
Adamstown, MD

 

 



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