By regulating cannabis, we will enhance public safety, use our critical fiscal resources more efficiently and help repair the public’s respect and trust in our peace officers.
During more than 20 years in law enforcement, I made numerous arrests as a longtime foot soldier of the war on drugs. After joining the Redondo Beach Police Department in 1983, I went from a Patrol Officer and School Resource Officer to Sergeant in the Special Investigations Unit, finally retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 2004.
During that time on the front-lines, my perspective on the war on drugs shifted gradually to strong opposition. It was a change forged not only through professional experience, but by the wrenching personal impact of having a vulnerable family member become a casualty of this war.
By regulating cannabis, we will enhance public safety, use our critical fiscal resources more efficiently, help repair the public’s respect and trust in our peace officers, and prioritize treatment to those who need it most.
A 20 veteran of law enforcement, Diane Goldstein is now a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.