Marijuana: Amendment 64 opponents dub Tony Ryan, decorated Denver officer, a rent-a-cop
|Tony Ryan speaking at yesterday's Amendment 64 event.|
Little has changed in this respect, he believes. "There are online forums where cops talk to each other, and there was one from an officer who said, 'We stopped somebody for something, and we spotted some marijuana. So I'm writing this up while more important calls are coming in -- and I'm sitting there thinking, 'Why am I doing this when I should be responding to these other calls?'"
These views aren't universal among law enforcers, he concedes -- but he feels they're growing in popularity.
"Many heads of agencies speak out in favor of this kind of enforcement activity, and who knows what their reasons are," he says. Meanwhile, "there are at least as many active-duty officers who agree with us, but they don't want to talk about it because of concerns about job security. That kind of puts a damper on people. But I bet it's almost 50 percent of active-duty officers who think we need to be doing other, more important things than arresting someone for marijuana."
As for the odds of Amendment 64 passing, the key, in his view, is getting the message out.
"I was just up in Woodland Park talking to a Rotary Club, and a law enforcement person there said he totally disagreed with me," he notes. "But just about everybody else who was there said, 'I agree with you. We think it's time to change this policy.'"
The amount of rent paid to him for this address? Zero.
Continue to see the complete release from Smart Colorado's Roger Sherman, followed by the response from Amendment 64's Mason Tvert.