#27. Helping Law Enforcement Understand The Differences Between Hemp and Cannabis – with Bill Loucks of Hemp Cops (podcast)
Podcast Show Notes with Bill Loucks
Our conversation with Bill Loucks went around the perception cops have on hemp and cannabis, how consumers and businesses in the industry can contribute to a safer use and what further is there to do about a broader awareness of hemp.
Bill started with a couple stories that led to his mindset switch from regarding hemp as a dangerous substance to becoming a commodity.
Moving on, Bill shared his view on law enforcement pointing out that most police officers are unaware of the difference between hemp and cannabis, which leads to confusion and also strengthens stereotypes.
Following the latter, he listed best practice tips for consumers and businesses in the hemp industry, to support the authorities to determine the legality of the product being used or manufactured. For growers, he explained why it is important to communicate with the police on harvest season.
Bill finished with his consideration on the next step in the transition to greater social acceptance around hemp-derived products.
Who is William “Bill” Loucks?
Bill is currently an instructor/course developer for the North Carolina Department of Justice-Justice Academy (NCJA) in Edneyville, North Carolina. Bill is the North Carolina state school director for the prescription drug diversion investigator and supervisors commissioned courses. Bill is also the qualified assistant (Q.A.) state school director over the specialized explosives & hazardous materials commissioned course.
Bill currently develops narcotic and gang lesson plans for the North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and in-service training for the 35,000 plus sworn law enforcement officers in NC. He also develops and instructs various narcotics courses for NCJA. Bill is a sworn deputy (reserve) with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office in NC.He is also an associate board member for the International Narcotics Interdiction Association (INIA).Bill has instructed more than 6000 people in narcotics, clandestine lab, and gang issues to include judges, district attorneys, grand juries, community leaders, educators, doctors, nurses, and police and fire personnel.
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