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A former senior Israeli police official has declared his intention to vote for the pro-marijuana Green Leaf Party in Tuesday's elections.
Boaz Gutman, currently a lecturer on cyber law at the Rupin Institute and an attorney, served for almost 30 years on the police force, including a spell as the chief superintendent of the national anti-fraud squad. He said he planned to support the party whose most famous aspiration is the legalization of marijuana.
Gutman was cautious about whether he supports the legalization of marijuana. "I'm not involved with the details of the drugs program," he said, "I always dealt with white-collar crime. Green Leaf speaks in my language. I don't think that I have to support every element of their program.
"Twice in one week I saw Shimon Peres attack the Green Leaf Party," Gutman told The Jerusalem Post. "I thought to myself, maybe he knows something I don't."
Upon visiting the party's Web site Gutman found that "they are the most up to date on issues pertaining to high-tech and cyber-crime," which are areas in which he has worked passionately for a long time. His own cyber-crime directory Web site currently attracts 12 million hits per year.
A certain frustration is also having an effect on Gutman's choice this time around. Having voted for 30 years for parties as diverse as Meretz and Likud in the past, he felt as if his "voice was being thrown into the garbage, it changed nothing." He now plans to "give youth a chance."
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