Sunday, May 10, 2009
Marijuana law not worth cost of enforcing
In its Sunday editorial the Redding Record Searchlight states that "It makes far more sense to raise taxes from pot sales than to waste our shrinking resources in a futile effort to stop them."
In 2006, the most recent year for which statistics are available, police in California made 65,000 felony and misdemeanor arrests for marijuana. Relatively few of those lawbreakers ended up doing hard time in state prison, but the endless pursuit of marijuana smokers and suppliers is a substantial drain on increasingly scarce law-enforcement resources at every level, from police to courts to probation offices.