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War on Drugs

Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.
 William F. Buckley, Jr.

This is another controversial topic.  I liken our current war on drugs much like prohibition.  Stop the flow of money and the cartels will lose their power.  80% of the cartel’s profits are from marijuana and Americans will not stop using it like they would not stop drinking alcohol back in the day.  Always follow the money.  Our legal system makes a fortune through the criminalization of pot and it is hard to turn your back on such a money flow.  I have reservations about the legalization of drugs, but we need to be honest and realize that pot has become a part of our culture.  I do believe that no one should drive under the influence and companies should have the right to screen employees for substance abuse.  But, when we look at the history of pot being outlawed, you will notice that it was about money and power.  William Randolph Hearst started the campaign to outlaw hemp because it competed with his timber empire.  Many of our founding fathers grew hemp. Propaganda films like Reefer Madness and claims it was a gateway drug for harder substances helped to gain public support.  The true gateway drugs are tobacco and alcohol; yes they are drugs.  Marijuana is a substance that you cannot overdose on, can be grown in the backyard (thus cutting out pharmaceutical profits), it has medical benefits, is not physically addictive and its users seldom become violent.  The users may argue over a bag of Oreos, but that is about it.  The profits on marijuana are what’s keeping the drug cartels so powerful and brutal.  We can help stop the money and power they thrive on by decriminalizing the substance.  Again, I don’t have all the answers, just trying to open the dialogue to remedy the problem.

It bothers me even more when medicinal marijuana clinics apply for a federally approved nonprofit license, then get raided by federal agencies for doing what they were approved for on their license.  Once again, where is the logic?

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