Via LEAP’s blog is this video from a press conference held by Police Chief George Gascon of San Francisco.
The press conference was about shutting down illegal marijuana grow operations, but someone actually asked him whether legalization might be an answer to some of our problems, and he noted:
Obviously, it’s speculation… we can go back to the days of prohibition â€” you know, when alcohol was prohibited â€” people found ways to deal with the manufacturing and production of alcohol and a lot of violence came as a result of that. Alcohol was legalized; some of that went away. It’s hard to tell.
Could you have imagined an active police chief answering in that way 10 years ago?