Tracknum: 8806.50f343a5.40506 Pubdate: Sat, 22 Dec 2012 Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser (HI) Copyright: 2012 Star Advertiser Contact: http://www.staradvertiser.com/info/Star-Advertiser_Letter_to_the_Editor.html Website: http://www.staradvertiser.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/5154 Author: Kirk Muse DRUG WAR DIVERTS FROM REAL CRIME Thanks for publishing Froma Harrop's thoughtful column, "Laws easing pot prohibition reflect sense of decency" (Star-Advertiser, Dec. 15). I'd like to add that those who think that marijuana prohibition somehow protects our children and society might with to go online to YouTube.com and search for "Judge Jim Gray" or search for "Law Enforcement Against Prohibition." You will see that marijuana prohibition substantially increases all other crime. Back in the 1960s, police solved more than 90 percent of all homicides. Today they solve just over 60 percent of all murders. Why? Because of our so-called war on drugs. There are great financial incentives for police to make drug busts and confiscate the drug dealers money and property, but no financial incentive to solve rapes or murders. Kirk Muse Mesa, Ariz.