Why do moms and cops support legalizing marijuana?
“Legalized Pot’s Unlikely Supporters: Moms And Cops” (NPR, 25-Oct-2010)
California’s Proposition 19 to legalize marijuana, to be voted on Nov 2, would allow local and state government to tax and regulate all marijuana. Proposition 19 has some unlikely allies, including a group of former judges, prosecutors and cops.
“No one in the history of marijuana use has ever died of an overdose from marijuana,” says Stephen Downing, a retired deputy chief of the LAPD. Downing says marijuana is less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. And he says arresting people for possessing marijuana is a waste of time for police; he says instead, they should be solving violent crimes and targeting those controlling the black market.