Richard Mack’s story is taken from his chapter, “Prohibition: The Enemy of Freedom,” in the book, The New Prohibition: Voices of Dissent Challenge the Drug War (2004). Other highlights include the following.
Marijuana made him happy:
The marijuana made me somewhat dizzy, and I do mean somewhat; it was certainly minimal, and it made me a little happy and I got the “munchies.” (p. 16)
Alcohol made him gag (literally) although he reports Hamm’s beer “went down the easiest” (p. 16):
I saw people who smoked pot all day and others who drank all day. The pot smokers were much more in control of their physical and mental faculties than the drinkers were. In all my twenty years of law enforcement I have never seen a person who has smoked marijuana to be in a condition of staggering, slobbering, and throwing up. Too many times, however, I have seen booze drinkers in such a condition, and much worse. (p. 16)
Debating arresting his friend, Ted, whom he met as an undercover:
Ted and I were different. He smoked, he drank, at times he used marijuana, and his morals were not in line with my Mormon background. But he was a good man. He cared about his children, and he was a hard worker. He was loyal and understanding, and he had a great sense of humor …. Why were we arresting people, some really decent people, for smoking marijuana? Should we arrest all the “Teds” in the country? Take his sports car, ruin his career, give him an arrest record and some jail time, and maybe overall just teach him a lesson? (pp. 13-14)
As a Utah police officer Mack rose to the level of sergeant. He was later elected sheriff of Graham County, Arizona.
Richard Mack’s website: SheriffMack.com