Our public servants don’t always serve us well. Their job is to do necessary evil, to wield the sword of force, but they often wield it badly and do unnecessary evil.
In our government, officials are servants of the people. Our legislators write the laws. The executive enforces the laws. The judiciary judges the offenders, the executive’s performance, and/or the laws, as they are asked to do so. Each elected servant has power to reinforce or negate other servants, but they usually defer to their fellow servants way too often, and ignore their real bosses, the people, in part because we don’t give them enough orders to keep them busy with necessary evil.
One of the easiest ways for the people to affect how the laws are enforced is to write to the elected officials most involved in enforcement: county sheriffs and prosecutors. Sheriffs are involved in every level of law enforcement, because they run the jails in which offenders are held. If an offender cannot be held because a sheriff does not consider his act an offense or the jail is too full to house a non-dangerous offender, then that law cannot be enforced in that county.
Sheriffs and police don’t like laws on the books that they cannot enforce without an outcry, so they get legislators to change the law or, more commonly, they simply ignore it until people forget it exists. When a law has been ignored enough that its occasional enforcement becomes surprising, its victims take it to court and courts strike it as unjust and unconstitutional. This is what happened with homosexual relations. It’s part of what is happening with marijuana and will happen with other drug laws.
Our local sheriff last year came out in favor of legalizing cannabis in front of the John Birch Society, and was applauded; both candidates for sheriff favor legalization rather than the current medical privilege, which preserves the black market and its corruption regarding marijuana growing and sales. (His challenger has said he will clothe inmates better.)
Many necessary laws are ignored or not well enforced because unnecessary drug laws are enforced; police time and jail space are limited. When you tell a cop not to enforce an unnecessary law, you should give him orders to enforce laws that are necessary, such as investigating theft and citing for public nuisances like litter and weeds. Investigating properties that are littered and weedy may well turn up other lawbreaking, like theft and meth-making; if nothing else, your town will be cleaner. People have a right to use drugs; they don’t have a right to trash their neighborhoods.