'Law Enforcement Against Prohibition' Says California Should Legalize It
Some police departments in California are now stretched so thin that they're already telling citizens straight up, "If you come home to find your house burglarized and you call, we're not coming." So you can imagine how they might feel about the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana: Legalize it.
The Los Angeles Times reports (via Consumerist) that this is the view, at least, of a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which supports Proposition 19 that will be voted upon by Californians in November. Proposition 19 would make it legal to grow, possess and use up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use.
LEAP says that legalizing marijuana under Proposition 19 will free up the police to focus its efforts on more serious crimes. LEAP members include former Orange County Judge James Gray and former San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara. Gray says that only retired law enforcement people like himself are free to speak out honestly on the subject, and that the opposition to Proposition 19 from other law enforcement groups is just a good show: "They have a political job, so they can't tell the truth," he said.
LEAP members say that, among other things, passing Proposition 19 would:
- cut down the number of drug arrests made in California by around 60,000 each year;
- free up time for police to investigate things like murders and burglaries;
- strike a blow against the drug cartels, which are are estimated to get around 60% of their money from illegal pot sales; and
- bring in over $1 billion/year in tax revenue.
Posted by Bruce Carton on September 14, 2010
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