D.C. Police Chief: All Cannabis Arrests Do Is Make People Hate Us, Alcohol is Much Bigger Problem

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Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is defending her district’s recent decision to legalize the possession and cultivation of recreational cannabis, saying that all cannabis arrests do is make people hate police, and that alcohol is a much bigger problem.

The comments were made by Chief Lanier at a recent meeting of the American News Women’s Club. Lanier says that D.C. police have “embraced” the district’s recent legalization of cannabis, and that last-minute attempts by Republican lawmakers in Congress to prevent the bill from being implemented is “No big deal”.

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D.C. Police Chief: Cannabis Decriminalization Makes Job ‘Easier for Us’

Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Tuesday that the decriminalization of cannabis has made life easier for police.

“[Decriminalization] saves us from having to charge someone for small amounts of marijuana now, because it really never was productive to begin with”, Chief Lanier told NewsChannel 8 on Tuesday. “It’s a little bit easier for us”.

The comments mark a significant change in tone from Lanier’s response to decriminalization before it was enacted. In June, 2013, Lanier told DCist that she has issues with decriminalization due to “the risk to children with increased access, the health impact of increasingly potent plants, and conflict with federal laws.”

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