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Pot cops sport marijuana-leaf uniforms

The Local · 28 Oct 2010, 15:49

Published: 28 Oct 2010 15:49 GMT+02:00

The authorities in Germany have long been known for their tolerant approach towards the appearance of the police – frequently allowing officers to have pierced ears, ponytails and scruffy stubble.

But the unmistakable marijuana leaf badges and insignia could make some drivers wonder if they’ve taken a toke themselves.

Click here for a photo gallery of the pot cops.

Though possession of small amounts of marijuana has essentially been decriminalized in Germany, driving while high still carries stiff penalties.

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16:58 October 28, 2010 by Frenemy
...I wonder what the sex-crimes police put on their uniforms (!)
19:21 October 28, 2010 by wxman
I can understand how she got assigned to the marijuana unit since she is SMOKIN'!
19:52 October 28, 2010 by ReaderX
The extents that the German government will go to to waste money knows no bounds.
20:01 October 28, 2010 by lordkorner
reminds me of the lyrics to a John Prine song

If you should see me tonight with an illegal smile

it don't cost very much but it lasts a long while,will you pleas tell the man I didn't kill anyone,no I'm just trying to have me some fun.
00:32 October 29, 2010 by J-Dub
The "POT PATROL" Lives! in reply to Frenemy; the sex crime police would put 'no penis' signs on their uniforms.
04:58 October 29, 2010 by vonSchwerin
"The authorities in Germany have long been known for their tolerant approach towards the appearance of the police"

How long is "long"? I'm sure that the police in Germany dressed very conservatively until the 1960s, maybe even until the late 1970s, when members of the 1968ers and 1970s generation joined the police.
09:34 October 29, 2010 by DoubleDTown
Tolerant indeed. Nose rings are now okay too? Will police soon have studs all over their faces? These seem to be defacto requirements for working as assistants/receptionists in medical offices... I'm such an old fuddy-duddy traditionalist for one pierce in each ear, at the most (women only), and no visible tattoos.
09:44 October 29, 2010 by majura
If you press the emblem does it start playing (like those music birthday cards) Ben Harper's "Burn One Down"?
11:38 October 29, 2010 by wmartin
Gotta love the attitude of cops in Germany. It is so different from the confrontational and militaristic approach used in the U.S., which works there very well. But a new pot patrol on the California highways with the leaf markings on the cruiser doors would be so refreshing. Wait, Jerry Brown may be governor soon again ... there's hope!
17:22 October 29, 2010 by Rudolf
The cannabis-leaf emblems are an identification for officers with special drug squad training - it's about prevention and deterrence.
18:30 October 29, 2010 by MichaelMolenaar
5 days till California's residents vote for Prop19 and make history. Let's hope it passes!
04:22 October 31, 2010 by brnskin2010
I'm all for Prop 19.......if it passes...our next agenda should be getting the federal government to make it legal......get that deficit down........
14:12 October 31, 2010 by tallady
Thank-you Rudolf,with that nose stud and leaf on the shoulder,I thought it was all about USE and ABUSE.
20:14 October 31, 2010 by jlmcnamara
So what emblem does the Sex Crimes unit wear?
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