Saturday, July 3, 2010 - Strapped U.S. Police Turn to Marijuana Busts for Cash - Strapped U.S. Police Turn to Marijuana Busts for Cash: "Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko, his budget under pressure in a weak economy, has laid off staff, reduced patrols and even released jail inmates. But there's one mission on which he's spending more than in recent years: pot busts, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

The reason is simple: If the California lawman steps up his pursuit of marijuana growers, his department is eligible for roughly half a million dollars a year in federal anti-drug funding, helping save some jobs. The majority of the funding would have to be used to fight pot. Marijuana may not be the county's most pressing crime problem, the sheriff says, but 'it's where the money is.'"

Criminals benefit from prohibition.
Cops benefit from prohibition.
The rest of us suffer.

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