No Ex-Pot Smokers Allowed: The Ridiculous Requirements to Become a Virginia State Trooper
Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 8:05 am
"Have a few friends that for some unknown reason went into law enforcement. One buddy is a stand up guy, well rounded, with a good head on his shoulders. He applied with the VA State Police to be a trooper. He passed everything with flying colors. Then came the lie detector test...
"His commanding officer was present and my buddy was straight forward and honest. They asked him if he'd ever done drugs...he replied that after high school, during college, he had experimented with marijuana with some friends, decided it wasn't for him, and stayed sober.
"I know he's telling the truth because we hunt together and I'm always toking and he doesn't mind, but never wants to hit it...
"His commanding officer told him and I quote "Sorry J, your response about the marijuana has excluded you from being a state trooper. You are welcome to try again when more time has passed (it was 3 yrs before he applied) say 5-8 years. We really prefer to hire troopers who have never even experimented with drugs."
"How would having somebody that knows what weed smells like, tastes like, and effects on the user be a bad thing for State Troopers???? Seems to me they sort through the normal everyday folks until they find these overzealous, self righteous, psychos who roam our streets getting their kicks from the power-trip we've allowed them.
"I say we need to start voting on cops just like we do Sherrif's...may take more time but well worth it. Either that or allow for open public comment on ANYONE applying for a position in Law Enforcement...shouldn't we as the people have the right to choose who will enforce the laws we're supposedly responsible for choosing?"