Pubdate: Mon, 11 Oct 2010 Source: Daily Bruin (UCLA, CA Edu) Copyright: 2010, ASUCLA Student Media Contact: http://www.dailybruin.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/724 Author: Anders Froehlich Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v10/n818/a04.html LEGALIZING MARIJUANA WILL NOT AFFECT CRIME In 1996, California legalized medical marijuana despite prohibitionists' warnings of certain doom. Now, they are making the exact same claims about Proposition 19. Does anyone literally believe that there is an army of sober, law-abiding citizens ready to get stoned and run amok as soon as they can go out and buy a legal ounce of marijuana at the store? People who want to smoke marijuana already do. Proposition 19 simply means that they will no longer have to fund criminal organizations to do so. It's time for law enforcement to quit blowing smoke. Anders Froehlich San Rafael, Calif.