D.C. Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Chief: All Cannabis Arrests Do Is Make People Hate Us, Alcohol is Much Bigger Problem
Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is defending her district’s recent decision to legalize the possession and cultivation of recreational cannabis, saying that all cannabis arrests do is make people hate police, and that alcohol is a much bigger problem.
The comments were made by Chief Lanier at a recent meeting of the American News Women’s Club. Lanier says that D.C. police have “embraced” the district’s recent legalization of cannabis, and that last-minute attempts by Republican lawmakers in Congress to prevent the bill from being implemented is “No big deal”.
“Marijuana smokers are not going to attack and kill a cop,” Lanier said. “They just want to get a bag of chips and relax. Alcohol is a much bigger problem.”
According to Lanier, police hate cannabis possession arrests, Lanier said, noting that it doesn’t do any good and simply results in a large amount of paperwork and court appearances for the officer. She also noted that it ruins relationships between the public and police; “All those arrests do is make people hate us,” she said.
Cathy Lanier was appointed Washington D.C. Chief of Police by then-Mayor Adrian Fenty in January, 2007. In 2012 she received a 5-year contract renewal.