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Tampa Police Illegally Confiscating Marijuana By Christine Sclafani TNMNews.com | Marijuana News

Tampa Officers Arrested for Confiscating but Not Reporting Marijuana

There are 33 states that have legal medical marijuana markets and 10 states that permit recreational use, stories like the one out of Tampa recently where 3 officers were fired for confiscating weed and never reporting it, well it’s like a flashback to the 90’s. Florida has over 200,000 medical marijuana patients. The officers shut off their body cameras, confiscated the weed and never filed reports. What do you think about the officers getting arrested? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

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Hello all! This is Christine Sclafani for The National Marijuana News. Now this may not feel like much of a culture story but I would argue that it is. See, the prohibition of marijuana has played a very large role in shaping the culture of marijuana. Prohibition turned cannabis use into this underground thing that involved dark alleys, basements and toweling doors.

But now that there are 33 states that have legal medical marijuana markets and 10 states that permit recreational use, stories like the one out of Tampa recently where 3 officers were fired for confiscating weed and never reporting it, well it’s like a flashback to the 90’s. Florida even has a fairly relaxed medical marijuana program with over 200,000 patients now. These guys shut off their body cameras, confiscated weed from the people they pulled over and never filed reports.

It’s hypocrisy like this that molded the culture of cannabis. It’s also why the fight to end prohibition carries on despite how far it has come. You tell me, how was the war on drugs ever going to work if our own authorities cannot restrain themselves from partaking? It’s this sort of stuff that proves that prohibition nurtures crime and is the real corrupting power behind even the most noble of professions. But hey, without stories like this, would we be who we are today? You know, smoking out of apples and learning the metric system. Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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