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Would Legalizing Marijuana Cut Law Enforcement Costs?

The US arrests almost a million people every year for possession of marijuana. This figure has been steadily climbing. Calvert's implication that this isn't costing our country billions of dollars yearly is outrageous. But thank you, Calvert, for arguing that marijuana users shouldn't be imprisoned. Which implies that they have the right to PURCHASE marijuana. Which would also mean that the SALE of marijuana should be legal. So which is it Calvert? You can't have your cake and eat it, too.

October 8, 2010 at 9:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Would Legalizing Marijuana Cut Law Enforcement Costs?

Daveed - right on the money, man.

AND - not all benefits/savings will be monetary. People will have their civil rights restored. Streets will be safer due to elimination of prohibition violence.

Chances are police and court budgets won't change. What will happen is that they will divert their energies to more important issues which will keep the public SAFER - like prosecuting violent crimes.

Calvert also ignores a logical progression to ending all drug prohibitions which would empty out our prisons and make room for violent felons - making society SAFER. As LEAP officers ask, who do you want selling the most dangerous drugs known to mankind? You have three choices: (1) the government; (2) private industry; or (3) CRIMINALS. What drugs do you want 13 year old kids selling? They exclusively sell the drugs we prohibit. Ever buy cigarettes or booze from a 13 year old? Of course not. Nobody has.

October 8, 2010 at 9:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )