A veteran police officer is speaking out in support of a cause that few of his colleagues have dared to publicly support—the fight to decriminalize cannabis. Officer Nick Novello drew attention from local media when he was a featured speaker at a rally in support of cannabis legalization in downtown Dallas on Saturday.
"I'm here because I support you," Novello told the crowd. "Today government does whatever it wants to do and you and I have to ask permission to exercise our basic freedoms. I have a problem with that."
Novello told WFAA News that he believes individuals should not be punished for life if they choose to smoke cannabis, and part of the problem with the current "justice" system is that many of the politicians in office today have admitted to trying cannabis when they were younger—they just didn't get caught and weren't minorities.
"To me I see this as a morale choice," Novello said. "Let me pose this question to our city leaders—what do you say to someone who has gotten out of jail after 20 years for cannibas when we have people in various other states becoming millionaires for the same behavior. How do you reconcile that?"