Houston police chief: drug war failing; feds need to take lead on new pot laws

Houston Police Chief, Charles McClelland
Houston Police Chief, Charles McClelland

The United States has done little to curb the flow of illegal drugs into this country, continues to disproportionately jail young minority men for drug offenses and trapped police officers between conflicting state and federal laws on marijuana legalization, Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland says in an in-depth radio interview.

“Most police chiefs understand that when it comes to marijuana use, we cannot (continue) to criminalize such a large population of society that engage in casual marijuana use,” McClelland said during a pre-recorded interview for the Houston-based radio show,  Cultural Baggage.  ”We can’t, you just can’t continue to do that, we understand that.”

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