Making pot legal might actually increase violence south of the border even more in the short term, with drug gangs fighting over a smaller economic pie of the remaining illegal drugs. But it would eventually reduce the overall financial clout of cartels.
Instead we get "Congress hates brown people."Well, okay. But they do, don't they?
I mean, is there any -- absolutely any -- rational reason for the draconian multi-billion dollar war on marijuana other than the 50 - 80 year old upper-class white men in Washington who just so happen to dislike the sorts of people who cultivate and smoke marijuana?
Instead we get "Congress hates brown people."
I'm all for legalization, but this is my primary concern with it which rarely seems to be addressed. Once pot is legal, the how many people become "unemployed"? The article hand-waves it, saying that it will "eventually reduce", but I'm not so sure about that. The people who were selling pot aren't likely to go back to the 9-5, are they?
The people I know who sell pot would keep on selling it, because they keep their clientele by providing quality.
The one thing that the US does better than any other country in the world, and better than any political entity in the entire history of the world is: assimilating and integrating immigrants. It is to the US's benefit for Mexico to get really bad to motivate the middle and upper classes of Mexico to emigrate here. Waves of middle class/refugee immigrants always trigger long term economic growth.
The reason I talk about cocaine and not pot is that pot has a problem in that it is too much like cigarettes, which are becoming less legal. Unless you want to reframe marijuana use as taking a THC pill rather than smoking a blunt, then you are fighting a trend.
I can see killing someone over heroin or coke. Not that I would, obviously, but I can see how it could happen. But dying for Mexican weed? That's fuckin' tragic, man.
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