You can use the magazine “High Times” to make more drug arrests.
New officers don’t always have the “street knowledge” they need to make good drug cases. Street knowledge is something that often takes years to build before an officer can recognize common drugs and activities surrounding their use and sale.
Training is not a substitute for experience, but it does give the officer additional information to use while on the street to hasten their learning. However, drug training is often not available to new officers.
As an alternative to training, self-study is the next best thing. While there are some good books and self-study programs on illicit drugs, one of the least expensive, and readily available sources of information is the magazine High Times.
High Times is a magazine available in many convienance and book stores throughout the USA. Devoted to writing about marijuana, the magazine offers great, full-color photos of different strains of marijuana, including young, immature plants, flowering plants, and whole grow operations.
Additionally, High Times has many sales ads that offer drug paraphernalia for sale. For the new officer who may not know what a pipe or bong looks like, these ads can be invaluable for helping an officer establish probable cause for a search and/or arrest when in the field.
High Times also has a feature called “Trans-High Market Quotations.” The section is essentially a market index price for marijuana, listing an US average and regional pricing. For example, in the February 2009 issue, High Times reported the US price index at $364/ounce, with ‘schwag’ selling for $59/ounce and high quality ‘kind’ selling for $465/ounce.
So, if you would like to learn more about marijuana, or the marijuana culture, grab a copy of the High Times. It is one of the most educational things you can do for $6.00.
Richard is a police officer with a medium sized, central Florida department, and previously worked for a Metro-Atlanta agency. He has served as a field training officer, court officer, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, watch commander, commander of a field training and evaluation program, and general pain in the butt to management-types looking to cut training hours.