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URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v13/n479/a02.html

Newshawk: Kirk

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Pubdate: Sun, 22 Sep 2013

Source: East Valley Tribune (AZ)

Copyright: 2013 East Valley Tribune.

Contact: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/opinion/submit_a_letter/

Website: http://www.eastvalleytribune.com

Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/2708

Author: Mike Ross





Sheila Polk forget to mention what most police officers consider to the the greatest danger of marijuana in her recent editorial ( The Arizona Republic's 'My Turn,' evtnow.com/5uw, Sept. 13 ).


Legalize marijuana and next thing you will be ending the "War on Drugs", which is basically a full employment jobs program for cops.


According to Federal statistics over 51 percent of the people in prison are there for victimless drug war crimes. Some statistics say over two thirds of the people in American prisons are there for victimless drug war crimes.


End the "War on Drugs" and the hundreds of thousands of cops, prosecutors, judges, public defenders, probation officers and prisons guards who have high paying jobs throwing people in prison for victimless drug war crimes will be out of work.


Now that's one incredibly dangerous thing about legalizing marijuana from a cops view point.


Mike Ross






MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

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I think that most members of LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) are no longer employed in law enforcement.  Once their jobs aren't dependent on the drug war, like the rest of us, they speak up about the injustice and futility.  While employed, most are pretty quiet about those points.


The difference from other job programs is that along with the tax payer funded salaries, millions of prisoners are paying for these jobs with precious years of their lives.

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War is a Racket ... -SmedleyButler.  And like invading Global Privacy norms and sharing it with select Shadowy Governments, do not make viable Foreign Policies. Nor does it inspire much confidence in the whole Freedom, Democracy and Global Leadership. Neither the Partisanship displayed conspicuously for the previous 5 years. Not to mention the Criminal Banking Policies that gave birth to the Financial Bubble that has cost us our Middle
Class and more. Like what we could have done with all of  OUR Money. Maybe bury some of the Nuclear Garbage that has been accumulating since that whole flawed program was hatched 70 years ago. Stop extending their Design Limits and start to clean up the mess they made... 


...another jobs program? ... maybe for mercenaries and others with little respect for life and its inherint dignity.  

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How about putting all the unemployed law enforcers and the prisoners to work fixing our infrastructure?


Sounds like a win-win situation.


Why not fill the prisons with treasonous politicians and drug warriors and hire the former prisoners as guards?


That sounds like justice to me.

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