Pubdate: Sun, 30 Oct 2011 Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Copyright: 2011 Los Angeles Times Contact: http://www.latimes.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/248 Author: Dale Gieringer, Vice Chairman, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws board of directors. Referenced: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v11/n635/a03.html POT AND CRIME Re "A bummer for Rand," Editorial, Oct. 26 Contrary to your editorial, there is nothing "counterintuitive" about the Rand Corp. study's finding that crime increases near recently closed marijuana dispensaries. What else would one expect when the city closes hundreds of taxpaying businesses, rendering their employees jobless, leaving behind vacant storefronts and relegating their patrons to the black market? What is truly counterintuitive is the pretense of our public officials that the criminal prohibition of marijuana, unlike that of alcohol, might somehow reduce crime. Dale Gieringer San Francisco - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.