Calls for a police response are prioritized by two categories — Emergency and Non-Emergency. The following story is definitely a non-emergency call. This would have been at the bottom of my priority list and do you know when I would have responded to this call? The answer is: Never.
One of the officers said police had received a call that marijuana could be smelled in the hospital room in Bolivar, in western Missouri — where the substance is illegal, though medical marijuana will soon be available in the state. Sousley, who said he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, told the officers that he had taken THC oil pills in the parking lot of Citizens Memorial Hospital but that he did not have marijuana and he did not want them going through his things.
The call to police was made by a security guard at the hospital. There is no way I would enter a patients’ room until I talked to a nurse that was in charge of that patients’ care. Even then, if there was no complaint of violence, or the patient endangering staff, and other patients’ I’m not going to talk to the patient, much less search his belonging’s.
The patient was not smoking marijuana, but even if he was that’s the hospital’s problem. It’s like getting a call from a parent whose child refuses to go to bed. What am I supposed to do about that? Yes, police are called for that as well. I’m not going to raise your children for you, and I’m not going to respond to a call from some wannabe cop who thinks he smells pot.Published in