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.
Add in a testing industry and the prison industry which rely on a steady stream of pot busts and it is easy to see why it is that cannabis has remained illegal for as long as it has.
Most illicit drug use in the US is marijuana use. With legalization big time money is lost by established industries.
At ACC we do not condone drug use but we also don’t condone wasting taxpayer money (not to mention intruding into people’s lives) for profit (or for any other reason.) *
The Minnesota Law Enforcement Coalition’s opposition to marijuana legalization is another case of the drug war run amok.
The coalition, which includes Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, Minnesota Sheriffs Association, Minnesota County Attorneys Association, and Minnesota State Association of Narcotics Investigators, have been as unhelpful as possible with efforts to legalize medical marijuana.
Should the drug become legal, law enforcement stands to lose millions of dollars.
* It should be noted that Rare is one of the leading conservative websites on the Net.