It’s officer discretion, unless he was heavy on weed, I wouldn’t and haven’t arrested somebody for it. Speeding (depending on speed) I would, no insurance I would have vehicle towed and ticket. Not taking responsibility away from anybody, fines would suffice.
Sorry, but I don't agree. Fines don't teach a lesson. You see it with white collar crime and blue collar crime. Fines stop no one. How much was Wells Fargo popped for the NSF charges they were putting on clients illegally? They have now moved to predatory lending and treating minorities/low credit scores different. They are still breaking the law even after historic SEC fines. Also as an example, I have been pulled over for speeding multiple times. I still speed every day. One thing I haven't done since I got caught and put in jail was drink and drive. Been over 17 years now since I learned that lesson the hard way and haven't done it since.
Since when are laws at officer discretion? You may not see it as worth your time, but when are laws at the discretion of an officer? So you're telling me if you have an agenda as a cop to pop everyone going 2 mph or more over the speed limit for say a time you got hit by a speeder or a family member did, it's ok for you to stop them over for speeding, but if a guy for a crime you personally don't care for like marijuana is carrying you could let him go every time and not be facing administrative discipline? That seems to be the mindset that puts us in a situation where you see white cops treating black defendants differently, but if it's up to their discretion is it really grounds to be fired just because it becomes a story on television?
On to another portion of this topic, I would be pissed off if a cop just towed a car of a driver driving around with zero insurance. Ever dealt with an accident or medical injury when the other driver isn't insured? And you think a tow truck fine is going to stop them? Lock their ass up and let them think about it for a few hours or days and let the court fine them before they decide to chance it again.
I get it, there are more horrible things going on in the world, but let's relate it to the steps the NCAA has taken towards this NIL deal. First you let these guys have free scholarships, all inclusive, great, deserved, worth it. Then you start paying them stipends. Then you start paying them to make good grades. Then you start funding trips for their families for bowl games. Then you start legally allowing them to get paid. Now we have coaches tampering with players from other teams and causing trouble as well as agents/handlers/boosters luring kids into school with their checkbooks. Give a mouse a cookie. The point of this is, you let the small to medium stuff go, and then it escalates to bigger and worse things. Atleast that's my two cents on the matter.