"Dealers and cartels control the distribution and prices of drugs, and they also decide which violent costs to exact from the communities"
André Rosedale has been a certified municipal police officer in Connecticut for over 15 years. He is currently assigned to a day shift serving as a patrol officer, field training officer, and crash reconstructionist. A veteran of the U.S. Army and an active volunteer firefighter and instructor, André has always felt a calling to public service.
That calling was partially inspired by André’s mother, who adopted nine children from around the world as a single parent. Andre personally witnessed the tragic injustice of the federal government’s position on medical marijuana during his mother’s battle with cancer. “She suffered through the last days, refusing to take her prescribed morphine, because she wanted to be able to say goodbye to her children and grandchildren,” he recalls. “Medical marijuana would have allowed her to control her nausea and remain lucid, but she refused it because of marijuana’s federal status as an illegal drug with ‘no accepted medical value’.”
André’s law enforcement experience has demonstrated to him that as with the war on medical marijuana, the broader drug war is as ineffective and has tragic consequences. “The government simply cannot control drugs with this war,” he says. “It has handed over control by creating a black market. Dealers and cartels control the distribution and prices of drugs, and they also decide which violent costs to exact from the communities. Sadly, many of the victims are citizen bystanders.”
While working full-time as a law enforcement officer, André is also currently working towards a master’s degree in criminal justice at Aspen University. He and his wife have four children.