The Massachusetts State Police love to brag about making drug busts on social media. On Saturday, the State Police shared the following story:
On November 7, 2014, shortly after 8:00 p.m., Trooper Kevin Bates of the State Police Barracks in Nantucket stopped a 2014, GMC 1500 pickup, which was being operated without any lights on Sparks Avenue in Nantucket. After a subsequent investigation, the operator of the vehicle, 24-year-old MATTHEW FRY of Nantucket, was placed under arrest for Possession of a Class D Substance (Marijuana) with the intent to distribute. He was issued a civil citation for Operating in the Nighttime without Lighting. In addition to a quantity of suspected marijuana, Trooper Bates seized more than $14,000.00.
As it turns out, people aren't particularly impressed by the idea of police arresting pot dealers and shaking them down for cash. There were some supportive comments posted on the State Police's Facebook account, but there were also a lot of comments like this:
The sad thing is that a referendum to make this legal would pass today if voted on. Dudes life ruined over a plant. Good job staties.
Enough with busting pot dealers. I don't smoke... But seriously has anyone seen the heroin problem in this state lately?//./. Small time pot dealers are not the problem
With all the heroin on the streets this bust is a waste of taxpayers money to prosecute him.
Waste of tax payers dollars and very valuble time of the police who could be doing much more .
Why does the state police bother going after marijuana dealers? Why waste the money on these operations and legal cases? I see no benefit in persecuting people who sell or smoke marijuana when there are so many more people selling and using alcohol and prescription drugs which are far more dangerous and destructive to individuals and families but are "legal". The justice system and laws are in need of re-prioritization.
You nabbed a kid and about a pound or 2 of pot... Thank god the streets of Nantucket are cleaner and safer, clearly this pot would of lead to the destructive collapse if the island ..
I could go on, but that's not necessary. The point is that the days of the public being impressed by pot busts are over. The State Police may still relish the idea of sending people to jail over pot, but the general public doesn't. Just as gay marriage has been rapidly legalized across the country over the last decade, the government's war on pot is quickly coming to an end.
In addition to all the medical marijuana and marijuana decriminalization laws that have been passed in recent years, four states and Washington, DC have already legalized marijuana for recreational use. A number of other states are likely to vote on marijuana legalization during the 2016 election, Massachusetts being one of them. Recent polls indicate that the majority of Massachusetts voters support marijuana legalization, so it will probably pass.
If the State Police want the public's support, they should hurry up and get with the times. There are plenty of unsolved murders, rapes, and robberies they could be putting their resources toward instead of busting pot dealers.