According to John P. Walters, White House Drug Czar, Americans are contributing $8.6 billion to Mexican drug traffickers through marijuana consumption – or 62 percent of the nearly $14 billion sent south of the border because of American drug consumers (Dallas Morning News, 2/22/2008).
“What you are choosing to do when you consume these dead-end drugs, particularly marijuana, is you’re choosing to buy the guns that kill people not just along the border, but throughout Mexico, guns that kill law enforcement authorities, civilians and threaten fundamental Mexican institutions,” Mr. Walters added. “It seems not too much to ask these consumers who are making these people powerful, ‘Is that something you’re OK with?’ “
Well, having lived in Austin and consumed the occasional blunt or bowl or what have you, and knowing many, many, many others who have done the same, I feel comfortable commenting on this as a knowledgeable source as well as good-time-lovin’ gal. Good limited government it would be to legalize marijuana and regulate it and tax it and lower the criminal penalties for its consumption. Sentences can be lower for gun crimes and child rape! A word is coming to mind. Oh yeah – Bassackward!
It is a dreadful shame the tragic amount of violence perpetrated in Mexico and, hopefully, Felipe Calderon’s policies will be an effective barrier to the drug cartels’ success. Issuing guilt trips to American weed smokers, however, most likely won’t be.
Marijuana is scientifically proven to mitigate the negative physical results of chemotherapy and, yet, the Supreme Court will not legalize the drug federally for such benefits. Yet, the harvest, possession, consumption and cultivation of peyote for religious (unproven, unscientific) use is legally sanctioned.
I don’t think we should criminalize the use of peyote, but let’s apply drug laws reasonably and rationally. Legalizing marijuana will have its problems, but with education and information, would have a much more positive outcome worth investigating and considering – including cutting off Mexican drug gangs off at the knees.
Si se puede, biotch!!