Delaware police want pot use listed on drivers' licenses

Delaware police want pot use listed on drivers' licenses

There are a lot of great stories about growing acceptance of marijuana use in the US, so it's disappointing to see one story that goes the other way. In Delaware, police are for some reason trying to campaign for keeping firearms out of marijuana users' hands, and they're asking a state task force to make sure that if someone is using marijuana, it's marked with an endorsement or certification on their driver's license. 

That's nuts. Your driver's license has information on it about what you look like, where you live, and what kinds of vehicles you can drive, and the police force is asking to put private medical information on there? Would they also ask for a special certification if someone was taking medicine for an STD, or for someone taking painkillers or opiates? It's completely inappropriate to put private medical information on an ID (not to mention that it's discriminatory to keep marijuana users from buying firearms anyway -- not that we want a gun, but still -- where's the NRA when they're actually needed?).

In fact, with a little detective work (because it's a story about cops, see?), we can probably figure out just what's behind this idea in the first place. Elsewhere during the presentation to the task force, the cops said that marijuana legalization might result in more impaired drivers and more deaths due to DUIs on the drug. In fact, exactly the opposite happens in states that have legalized. But that's not all: 

Legalization also could hamper the ability of police to determine after a traffic stop whether a driver might illegally be carrying drugs or guns, they said.

“If we have the odor of marijuana, it furthers our investigations,” said Lt. Tom Brackin, chairman of the Delaware State Troopers Association.

Where have we heard that nonsense before? Oh right, all throughout the history of marijuana prohibition. Police have a long history of using marijuana to arrest and persecute people who aren't white, and Delaware officials are basically saying here that if marijuana is legalized, they won't have a vague reason to pull over and harass people any more.

Sounds good to us. This proposal is idiotic, and continues the long history of using marijuana to infringe on the rights of people who use it. 

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