In the legalization debate, law enforcement leaders speak with heightened credibility. Thus, it is extremely satisfying to see police leaders like Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell coming out in support of marijuana legalization. Whitesell stated “It’s here, it’s going to stay, there’s an awful lot of victimization that goes with it. If it were up to me, I do believe I would legalize it and tax it, particularly in sight of the fact that several other states have now come to that part of their legal system as well.”

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Howard Rahtz is the author of Drugs, Crime and Violence: From Trafficking to Treatment. He is active in speaking on police and drug issues, is a member of the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and his blog can be viewed a