A retired police detective challenges us to name one advantage of marijuana prohibition ("Banning marijuana doesn't make us safer," Nov. 18). How about money?

A huge percentage of arrests are related to marijuana. If prohibition were ended, the need for lawyers, judges, police, jailers etc. would be far less. The politicians/lawyers who write the laws are not going to easily legislate themselves out of jobs regardless of how much tax money could be generated. The drug cartels do not want to end prohibition either as they would lose tons of money and thousands of dealers. The only ones to gain would be the taxpayers, who are mostly considered irrelevant.

Dan Griffin, Perry Hall