One of the things we have always suspected would happen with marijuana legalization is a decreased workload for law enforcement. And that is exactly what is happening in Washington State, thanks to I-502 cannabis legalization.
The Seattle Times today ran a story, entitled, ACLU: Steep drop in pot cases has freed up resources, noting how only 120 marijuana criminal cases were filed in 2013, down from 5,531 the year before. Adult misdemeanor pot cases in King County (Washington State’s largest county) have dropped from 1,435 in 2009 to 14 last year.
Needless to say, we see this as a great thing, and not just because we fundamentally believe that adults should be free to use cannabis in the same way they should be free to use alcohol. Call us silly, but we just think that taxpayer money and law enforcement time would be better spent in pursuing murderers and rapists and con artists than adults who buy, sell or use marijuana.
You agree, right?