Pubdate: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Copyright: 2011 San Jose Mercury News Contact: http://www.mercurynews.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/390 Author: Michael M. Rosenblatt PROFIT TO BE MADE ON KEEPING POT ILLEGAL It should come as no surprise (Editorial, Oct. 20) that some representatives of law enforcement are against the legalization of pot. The custody industry is exactly that, and comprises not just police, but also courts, court reporters, probation workers, counselors, guards, judges, bail bondsmen, attorneys, paralegals, etc. Even a small reduction in the flow of arrests and incarceration could result in losses of thousands of jobs. Custody is a billion-dollar industry. The purpose of this letter is not to extol the virtues of another drug to avoid reality, but simply to point out that the custody industry has a huge ax to grind on this issue. Pot crimes waste precious and above all expensive law enforcement priorities. And we are paying that bill. Michael M. Rosenblatt San Jose - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.