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.
Another advantage to legalization is it reduces the money we waste in the drug war. But there are vested interests in government who know that their power will also diminish with cannabis legalization and that is why they fight it. It’s not because the DEA fears everyone in the country is going to turn into Deadheads.
Then add in Pharma which would much prefer people buy narcotics, that is opium based drugs for pain which are terribly addictive (and profitable), than use a plant which they can grow at home for almost no cost.
You can see why legalization has been so long in coming.
Consider this thought experiment.
Picture yourself today on your deck. The weather is going to be fantastic for most of the eastern seaboard this evening. Prime barbecue weather. You fire up the grill and reach down into the cooler for a nice cold beer. As the burgers begin to cook you consider a week well worked. You smile to yourself as you bring the beer to your lips.
Then the cops bust through your door and shove you prone onto your deck. Your crime? Imbibing alcohol. As the police handcuff you you hear the burgers still sizzling on the grill. Your children cry in the kitchen.
Sounds insane doesn’t it? But there was a time in this country when people went to jail for drinking a cold one.
Pot is the same thing. (Only it’s less damaging than alcohol, and in some cases can be downright healthy.) You are absolutely kidding yourself if you think it’s not.
Last week, The Washington Post reported that Marijuana farmers in the Sinaloa region of Mexico have “stopped planting due to a massive drop in wholesale prices, from $100 per kilo down to only $25,” with one farmer saying, “It’s not worth it anymore. I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization.”
Sean Dunagan, a former DEA Senior Intelligence Specialist, compared the effect of legalizing marijuana to the effect of legalizing alcohol.