Radical Rant: Former Baltimore Narcotics Officer Has Solution for Rooting Out Bad Cops

You’ve no doubt seen the not-one-but-two separate body cam videos where officers with the Baltimore Police Department are seemingly planting drug evidence. With these, and so many other videos of bad cops run amok, what can been done to better police the police?

On my daily cannabis news podcast, The Marijuana Agenda, I sat down with Major Neill Franklin, a former cop with 34 years of experience as a narcotics officer for the Maryland State Police and as the commander for the Education and Training Division of the Baltimore Police Department. He’s also the executive director of Law Enforcement Action Partnership[*], a non-profit organization of former police, prosecutors, judges and others dedicated to advancing reforms in criminal justice and drug policy that improve public safety.

The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Radical Rant: One Marijuana Law for Cops, One Marijuana Law for Citizens

A pair of stories this summer from Bakersfield, California illustrate the dual justice systems we operate under as a police state that prohibits the cultivation and sale of a crop our founding fathers grew.

Yesterday, a U.S. District Judge handed down a sentence of probation with no jail time for two former Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies, Logan August, age 30, and Derrick Penney, age 34. The two were involved in a conspiracy with another cop to steal drugs from the evidence locker, pounds at a time, for sale on the criminal market.

August and Penney cropped the tops off marijuana plants seized by the sheriff’s office, then stored the buds for curing at Penney’s house before they were trimmed and sold.

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Radical Rant: Marijuana Is Illegal and You Can Get in Trouble Over It

You’re probably reading that title and thinking, “Uh, yeah, no kidding—that’s why we’re fighting to legalize marijuana.”

But over the past couple of weeks, it has become clear to me that some people who jump on the bandwagon to fight for our marijuana rights don’t recognize this plain and simple fact.

So, let’s make it perfectly clear: Except for some states’ laws, marijuana is illegal and you can get in trouble over it.

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Radical Rant: Tennessee Taser-Tortures Teen Toker, Trump Tacitly Approves

Many people in the mainstream are recoiling in horror at recent remarks by the 45th occupant[*] of the White House to a group of assembled police officers in Suffolk County, New York:

“Now, we’re getting them out anyway, but we’d like to get them out a lot faster. And when you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon—you just see them thrown in, rough—I said, please don’t be too nice. Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody—don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, OK?”

Trump even says that we’re going to “support our police like our police have never been supported before” because “the laws are stacked against us, but we’re ending that.”

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Radical Rant: Kevin Sabet Continues Delivering Fake News on Pot Legalization

The Joker to my Batman, Kevin Sabet, is at it again. This time, he’s posted an op-ed at CNBC entitled, “Legal weed isn’t living up to all of its promises. We need to shut it down.” It is truly a masterful amalgam of reefer madness, junk science and unfounded scares packed with more bullshit-per-square-inch than a Fort Worth stockyard.

Kevin begins by painting supporters of ending failed marijuana prohibition as pie-in-the-sky dreamers who are promising that legalization will be “a panacea for every contemporary challenge we face in America.” Then he provides links to stories detailing the positive effects of cannabis on the opioid crisis, cancer treatment, hurting drug cartels and reducing greenhouse gases.

It’s the only non-bullshit paragraph in the whole piece. I know the Joker thought readers would chuckle at such grandiose claims, but with 60 percent support nationally for legalization and 83 percent for medical marijuana, I think it backfired on him.

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Radical Rant: Prohibition Reframing 101

I was reading one of the recent missives from the folks at Project SAMUEL[*] that lamented that construction employers in Colorado are forced to bring in workers from out-of-state because they can’t find enough applicants in Colorado who can pass a drug test.

Cue the world’s tiniest violin.

When I read stories like this, there is a special setting in my brain that re-frames the narrative from the point-of-view of adults like us who enjoy marijuana responsibly.

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Radical Rant: There Are Almost as Many Tokers as Black People

HIGH TIMES has reported that the latest Gallup poll shows that 45 percent of Americans admit to having tried marijuana and 12 percent of Americans admit they are current marijuana consumers.

That means that there are roughly as many tokers in America as black people.

The latest U.S. Census estimates of Americans claiming to be black or African-American is 13.6 percent of the population, as of 2016.

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Radical Rant: State Steals Toddlers and Condemns Father to Death Over MMJ

In 10 years of interviewing hundreds of people on the issue of marijuana, I think this was the first time I’ve ever cried on the air.

Every story of a medical marijuana patient who must suffer because they live in one of the states that still imprisons people over marijuana is heartbreaking.

Every story of a medical marijuana patient whose children are taken from them by the state under the guise of protecting the kids from “child endangerment” is infuriating.

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Radical Rant: Dope, the Insidious Decay that Infects and Rots Our Nation from Within!

“Ladies and gentlemen, there is no War on Drugs. There never has been.”

I know that must be news to those of you who had body-armored SWAT teams breaking down your door and forcing you to the floor in handcuffs while they loot your home over the “anonymous tip” that you might have been cultivating some houseplants in the garage.

However, it was for your own good and the good of the nation.

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