November 9, 2011
Jason Thomas served as a detention officer in a 125-bed county jail in Prowers County, Colorado and as a town marshal’s deputy in Holly, Colorado. Prior to taking on these roles, he had military and corporate sales experience, but he wanted to go into law enforcement to serve the needs of his community.
Growing up in California, Jason was always opposed to marijuana prohibition because it never made sense to him. But when he began working in law enforcement, he witnessed firsthand the devastating impact of drug arrests. “The drug war has not helped these people or their families; it has led to further incarceration, broken homes and economic instability,” he says.
The risk to law enforcement is another major reason why Jason opposes to the drug war. “If the current drug war ended,” he says, “law enforcement officers and agencies could devote those resources to other areas, like violent crime, which would serve the community better.” For Jason, reallocation of law enforcement resources to keep communities safer is the number-one reason he calls for an end to prohibition.
Jason has specific insight into the emerging legal cannabis industry in Colorado as owner of TBG Companies, Inc. (www.tbgcos.com), a high-security transportation and chain-of-custody company for medical marijuana.
Jason is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Visit their website at Cops Say Legalize!