Living Freedom has a link (via Radley Balko) to a Republic Report news story about the headlined subject. In essence, it’s about police union lobbyists stonewalling attempts at decriminalization and legalization, because keeping it criminal brings the police more ‘work’ and bigger budgets.
To quote from the article:
Of course, police unions aren’t the only interest group with a stake in maintaining broken drug laws. The beer industry, alcohol corporations, and prison guard unions also contributed money to help Lovell stop Prop 19. Howard Wooldridge, a retired police officer who now helps push for legalization as a citizen advocate, told Republic Report that drug company lobbyists also fight to keep marijuana illegal because they view pot as a low-cost form of competition.
Shade of revenuers and Eliot Ness.
h/t Claire Wolfe, Radley Balko, Lee Fang