The Esperance Police Station received a rather unusual telephone call late Friday night when a local woman decided to vent her frustration over of the lack of cannabis around town.
Friday night is typically a busy night for local coppers. But they weren't expecting a complaint from an upset drug user.
Senior Sergeant Richard Moore said the concerned resident was irate and angry when discussing her point of view with the police officer who took the call.
It was believed the woman was intoxicated. In a heated exchange with the officer, she wanted it known to the Esperance police just how hard they had made it to purchase cannabis around town.
"She was disgusted with what Esperance Police have done and would like us to stop charging people for using or possessing cannabis," he said.
"She sees the kids in her street daily searching for cannabis and not being able to get it easily."
Senior Sergeant Richard Moore said the woman believed it wasn't fair for the children but also the low income families who use cannabis to relax.
She said the police wouldn't understand her needs and the needs of others as they had professional careers. Blue collar families relied on marijuana as a way of getting through the grind of day-to-day life, according to the woman.
"[She said] Her and her family are low income and need cannabis to get them through the day," he said.
"By taking cannabis off the street we are forcing her and her type to use meth."
Senior Sergeant Richard Moore said that while the majority of the community were law abiding citizens and were supportive of the Western Australian Police there were some who thought otherwise.
He said Esperance police would continue to seek the community's support to "dob in" a drug dealer as the information they receive from these tip-offs was making a difference.
People with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.