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.
This is a move against Canadian pharmacies (primarily) which offer high quality drugs for sale at much lower prices than what is found in the USA.
Pot is by far the most widely used illicit drug used in the United States. It is also bulky, odoriferous, and therefore relatively easy to detect. Much of our national law enforcement budget goes to enforcing the prohibition of cannabis. If marijuana became legal much of this budget would go away. If budgets go away, power goes away. Bureaucracies do not like to lose power. As such some in law enforcement are fighting the liberalization of cannabis laws.
There have long been efforts to pull the supplement industry more under the control of the FDA. (And in all likelihood crush it.)
Is blocked by our crony capitalist medical system.
This story comes to us courtesy of the CIA’s own former General Council, John Rizzo, who explains in a new book that the CIA and the entertainment industry have a long history of working together. This is logical given the power vested in the movie studios of southern California. (To a lesser extent today.) Control the narrative, the story, and control the direction of public sentiment. At least to some degree.
That’s right. The cup of Joe you are sipping from while you scan Facebook this morning in another time and place could have meant a prison sentence. In Turkey, at one point, it may have meant your death.
When government partners with business, things get wacky, and expensive. Such is the situation here.