The war on drugs just ain’t what it used to be.
Law enforcement spent about $17 million on demon-weed eradication in 2015. Meanwhile, a majority of Americans—56%—now support decriminalising or legalizing cannabis.
In Oklahoma, the attorney general has not given up hope that he can sue his way to Colorado changing its state laws on legalization, after losing at the Supreme Court.
And while many police officials still believe marijuana is a dangerous and addictive gateway drug, you’d never get that impression from what cops post on their agency’s social media accounts.
As a matter of fact, drug war critics might consider the good-natured and humorous posts evidence that law enforcement culture’s attitudes are changing on the issue as the U.S. starts to get smart about its drug policy.