Proposition 19 and police power

California’s Proposition 19 to alter the legal status of marijuana may be a test of the power of the police in that state.  A report on the financial implications suggest the greatest impact would be from massive law enforcement cuts.

Cash-strapped California would get some relief by legalizing pot, but the biggest boost would be thanks to massive law enforcement cuts, not new tax revenue, experts say.


Jeffrey Miron, a senior lecturer at Harvard University and senior fellow at the Cato Institute who co-authored the study, said the majority of the cost savings would be a result of cuts to law enforcement personnel whose services would no longer be required. And axing police officers, prison guards, prosecutors and judges would hurt the job market, at least initially, he said.

It will be interesting to see how many police will quietly accept pink slips if Proposition 19 passes.

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