SURVEY: Two-Thirds of Police Think Weed Laws Should Be More Chill

The general public wouldn't mind the law easing up a bit, either.

Two surveys released Thursday from the Pew Research Center found that police officers and regular civilians have more in common than being made of skin, bones, and an alleged shared love for a certain glazed breakfast pastry.

According to one survey, “Behind The Badge,” carried out by the National Police Research Center (NPRC), and which polled more than 7,000 police officers via online interviews: 

“. . .about two-thirds of police (68 percent) and a larger share of the public (84 percent) believe the country’s marijuana laws should be relaxed, and a larger share of the public than the police support legalizing marijuana for both private and medical use (49 percent vs. 32 percent.)”

Officers in favor of relaxed pot laws skewed younger in age, with most being under 35.

For the public’s POV on the easing of cannabis laws, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center American Trends asked more than 4,000 average Joes and Janes many of the same questions as the NPRC survey, via post and the Internet, facilitating direct comparisons between provided responses.

Perhaps less shocking than a majority of polled police officers favoring relaxed weed laws, is that 51 percent of responding cops feel frustrated by their jobs. Even if your cubicle is a car impervious to red lights, and your deskmate a partner to get all Starsky and Hutch with, work is still, well, work. The grind can get one feeling down.

Just don't expect to put one in the air with your D.A.R.E. officer anytime soon.