Hardcore Cops Insist Legalization Means More Crime

Several marijuana-related crimes were struck from the books when California voters legalized the drug for adults 21 and over last week, and several others were reduced from felonies to misdemeanors. Part of the allure for voters was that police—free from enforcing antiquated and ineffectual laws outlawing the nation’s favorite illicit substance—would then spend less time on marijuana and devote attention and energy to other, more serious crimes. It’s only been a week, but this hasn’t been the experience of Parker Sever.Sever is police chief of Hanford, California, a city of 53,000 in the southern Central Valley. Somehow, Prop. 64 has had the opposite effect for Sever—in fact, it’s created crime and more work for him and his officers. Well, probably, anyway.“There’s still a lot of stuff that’s illegal, and there’s probably more stuff that’s illegal now,” Sever told the local paper, the Hanford Sentinel. “So it’ll probably take up more of our time.”Sever noted that he hadn’t seen any...



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