Texas troubadour Willie Nelson this week got busted again for pot possession. If you thought that arrests for marijuana were on the decrease in this country, you’d be wrong. Last year, some 786,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana violations — a record number and twice the number of pot arrests made in 1990, according to NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
“This effort is a tremendous waste of criminal justice resources that diverts law enforcement personnel away from focusing on serious and violent crime, including the war on terrorism,” said NORML executive director Allen St. Pierre.
He’s right, isn’t he? Is it worth spending $10 billion to $12 billion a year on enforcement of marijuana laws to bust casual (OK, maybe not so casual) tokers like Nelson? Aren’t there more important priorities for law enforcement? What do you think?
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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