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Tag Archives: drugs

Legal US Weed Is Killing Drug Cartels

It makes sense. We have argued for a long time that ending pot prohibition would do much to reduce crime.

Marijuana is by far the illicit drug of choice in the USA. Even though weed is relatively bulky, smells like a skunk crossing and so is easily detected, it remains number 1.

Legalize the market, legitimize the market, and the prohibition inflated profits (and incentive) go away.

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The War on Drugs: 100 Years of Failure?

The War on Drugs is now 100 years old. It’s caused unfathomable heartache. It’s fattened the wallets of police departments and drug dealers alike. We have prisons full of people there because of drugs. Lives have been torn apart. Families have been torn apart. Countries have been torn apart.

The War on Drugs has made a mockery of the Constitution. Do you think the founders ever envisioned the police digging through the possessions of American citizens in a search for intoxicants? I don’t think so. I think the founders (at least most of them) would have been horrified.

And yet Americans have long been conditioned to accept the gross invasions of privacy which come with the drug war.

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US spends $7 billion to eradicate opium crop, Crop 50% bigger in 2014 than in 2012

Rest assured that none of the $7 billion dollars went directly to war lords and other avowed enemies of the United States. I am sure the money didn’t go to fund new “deep wells” which enable poppy cultivation in previously inhospitable places, or to finance the transport of heroin into Europe, China, and North America.

Nope. That money, that taxpayer money, was money well spent.

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U.S. Marijuana Legalization Weakens Mexican Cartels

Pot is by far the illegal drug of choice for Americans. People want it. It’s part of American culture. It is relatively safe. It also is a huge source of income for the Mexican cartels. Legalize the drug and the profit margin on what is essentially a vegetable (but easier to grow than broccoli) disappears. As the profits diminish so too does power and influence.

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