Legalization of drugs is cutting into the profit margins of drug cartels. Just like ending alcohol prohibition ended alcohol smuggling and alcohol mafia dealings. Are the DEA and the US prison industry interested in keeping up the war against marijuana?
“Is it hurting the cartels? Yes. The cartels are criminal organizations that were making as much as 35-40 percent of their income from marijuana,” Nelson said, “They aren’t able to move as much cannabis inside the US now.”
Former DEA senior intelligence specialist Sean Dunagan told VICE News that, although it’s too early to verify the numbers: “Anything to establish a regulated legal market will necessarily cut into those profits. And it won’t be a viable business for the Mexican cartels — the same way bootleggers disappeared after prohibition fell.”
Given the DEA’s historic relationship with the Sinaloa cartel, and the agency’s fury over legalized marijuana, it almost seems like the DEA wants to crush the legal weed market in order to protect the interests of their cartel friends. Almost.
“The DEA doesn’t want the drug war to end,” said Nelson, when asked about a possible connection between the agency’s hatred of legal pot and its buddies in Sinaloa. “If it ends, they don’t get their toys and their budgets. Once it ends, they aren’t going to have the kind of influence in foreign government. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but where there’s smoke there’s probably fire.”
Starting 0 hours, January 1st 2014, medical and recreational use of marijuana is allowed in the state of Colorado, USA. Certain restrictions apply, regarding public consumption, maximum weight, driving while stoned.
We always opposed the irrational drug policy, especially regarding relatively harmless marijuana. The cost of the US’ international war on drugs is mindboggling. It created huge, powerful, violent criminal cartels that move billions and almost trillions of dollars. US prisons are full of drug users, small scale drug sellers, and criminal warlords that were created by the opportunities to deliver illegal but sought after drugs.
Poor Afghan families using Opium as cure-all, to sleep and as remedy. Maybe traditional low dosage natural opium does them better then a US drug war poisoning their fields and destroying their culture. The old ladies in the CNN movie look healthy, not like our inner city drug addicts. Maybe traditional drug use, be it Opium in Afghanistan, or Coca in Bolivia, is not very harmful. Maybe responsible drug usage should be studied scientifically. Certainly marijuana is less harmful then the drug war.
"If I don’t give him opium he doesn’t sleep," she says. "And he doesn’t let me work."
Aziza comes from a poor family of carpet weavers in Balkh province. She has no education, no idea of the health risks involved or that opium is addictive. "We give the children opium whenever they get sick as well," she says, crouching over her loom. With no real medical care in these parts and the high cost of medicine, all the families out here know is opium. It’s a cycle of addiction passed on through generations. Afghan infants fed pure opium: Generations of Opium Addiction
Just look at the old ladies in the CNN opium movie. Look much healthier then the McDonalds-fed fat old ladies in the USA. Maybe our obese sedentary culture is more harmful then traditional Opium and Coca use. This is meant as food for thought. We lack the time to do a profound study on drug effects in Afghan peasants. We are not the experts, just go ahead and study and comment.
Read more about unhealthy living, food porn and child food porn. We poison our children, making them fat, obese, unhappy and diabetic. But we obsess about drugs that kill much less then our obesity epidemic, about possession of adolescent nude photos, etc. It is time we start obseesing about problems that kill millions.
Share with your friend, if you like it, or if you hate it.
The world wide repression of “illegal drugs” with all its terrible side effects originates from the USA.
“Harry J Anslinger was head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Narcotics which enforced the prohibition of alcohol in the U.S.A. from 1919 to 1933. When prohibition was repealed, Anslinger, in order to keep and justify his existence and job, created the Orwellian lies about a new killer drug – marihuana. [...] In 1937 Anslinger had a hearing conducted before Congress which resulted in the Marihuana Tax Act and henceforth the whole legal injustice took off.”THE JURISPRUDENCE OF THE ILLEGAL DRUG LAWS AND WHY THE DRACONIAN PENALTIES ?
All irrational witch hunts seem to originate in the USA.
All irrational witch hunts seem to originate in the USA(child porn witch hunt, teenage sex witch hunt, anti prostitution witch hunt, and illegal drug witch hunt). And the USA imposes the witch hunt upon the rest of the world.
Why is this so? Who has the answers?
Drug Liberalization in Portugal and Holland: a success
Portugal just reports clear successes with legalization of drugs. Holland legalization of drugs and most of teenage sex is a resounding success.
“Portugal decriminalized possession of all drugs in 2001. The outcome, after nearly a decade, according to a study published in the November issue of the British Journal of Criminology: less teen drug use, fewer HIV infections, fewer AIDS cases and more drugs seized by law enforcement. Adult drug use rates did slightly increase — but this increase was not greater than that seen in nearby countries that did not change their drug policies. The use of drugs by injection declined.” Read more: Portugal’s Drug Experience: New Study Confirms Decriminalization Was a Success
“The Dutch are known for their liberal attitudes toward sex and drugs: while not officially legal, marijuana use and sale in “coffee shops” is tolerated in The Netherlands, as is prostitution, most notoriously in the street windows of Amsterdam’s red light district. Pragmatism, the Dutch have long believed, is better than punitive prohibition — and they’ve got lots of data on their side.While 12% of the American population has smoked marijuana in the last month, for example, the same is true of only 5% of citizens of The Netherlands.” Read more: What the U.S. Can Learn from the Dutch About Teen Sex
Junkies don’t want Aids. They want to use clean needles. Clean needles eliminate the Aids problem in injectable drug addicts. So, logically, let’s provide clean needles! A non-brainer. But then comes drug policy, moralistic prejudice, (unconscious) wish to punish the sinners with Aids, police arrest for needle possession. Result: addicts use dirty needles and get HIV.
Human Irrationality, dogmas, blindness at its best.“People do stupid things. That’s what spreads HIV.”
Needle exchange is an even clearer solution then condom use efforts. Because condoms are unpleasant. Clean needles are not even detracting from drug “pleasure”.
Our “morality” is outdated & immoral. We need updated morality.
Drug War, morality, religion, sexual morality etc prevent needle exchanges, thus cause HIV infection and deaths. Call it insanity. Call it suffering and death caused by false outdated stupid “morality”. Dogma, blindness, self-deception ….. We believe in our 2000year old holy books. They were very good for their times. But no biblical author knew about HIV virus transmission or drug addiction therapy. In later posts I will write about Peter Singer’s utilitarism as a help to guide our morals.
Elisabeth Pisani @ TED
“People do stupid things. That’s what spreads HIV.” [ . . . ] Now, let’s look at it from a policy maker’s point of view. This is a really easy problem. For once, your incentives are aligned. We’ve got what’s rational for public health. You want people to use clean needles, and junkies want to use clean needles. So we could make this problem go away simply by making clean needles universally available and taking away the fear of arrest. ted.com/talks/view/id/818
Now, the first person to figure that out and do something about it on a national scale was that well-known, bleeding heart liberal Margaret Thatcher. And she put in the world’s first national needle exchange program and other countries followed suit, Australia, The Netherlands and few others, and in all of those countries, you can see, not more than four percent ever became infected with HIV, of injectors.
In places that didn’t do this, New York City for example, Moscow, Jakarta, we’re talking, at its peak, one in two injectors infected with this fatal disease. Now, Margaret Thatcher didn’t do this because she has any great love for junkies. She did it because she ran a country that had a national health service. So, if she didn’t invest in effective prevention, she was going to have pick up the costs of treatment later on, and obviously those are much higher. So she was making a politically rational decision. Now, if I take out my public health nerd glasses here, and look at these data, it seems like a no-brainer, doesn’t it. But in this country, where the government apparently does not feel compelled to provide health care for citizens, we’ve taken a very different approach. So what we’ve been doing in the United States is reviewing the data, endlessly reviewing the data. So these are reviews of hundreds of studies by all the big muckety-mucks of the scientific pantheon in the United States, and these are the studies that show needle programs are effective, quite a lot of them. ted.com/talks/view/id/818
Rational Publich Healty Policy demands
allow needle exchange to make addiction less dangerous
consider furnishing cleaner, cheaper, less harmful drugs
Of course, if we furnish needles, we should also furnish anti-addiction therapy, public information, etc. Some think one should not spend money to prevent addicts from getting AIDS: these addicts pass on AIDS to non-addicted innocent partners, who then could pass it on to you and me. And once an addict has AIDS, society helps to treat the medical AIDS cases with massive financial investments. Needles are cheaper!
We need morality and public action to reign in disease & death through drugs
We need to try to reduce drug damage by information policy, advertising, influencing public opinion, education, ………
The government’s approval of a table specifying what amounts of drugs are permissible is a vital part of the country’s new penal code that was last year approved by both houses of parliament and in January of this year was signed into law by President Vaclav Klaus. Without the just-approved table of amounts that will be used by Czech police, the January decriminalization of the drug would be difficult to judge by courts and investigators.
The plant still remains illegal, however, though from the new year possession of five or less plants is merely a misdemeanour, and fines for possession will be on par with penalties for parking violations.
The Czech decision is in sync with the country’s liberal, Dutch-like social attitudes and laissez-faire approach to civil liberties.
There is also an interesting lifestyle footnote: Czechs are Europe’s biggest drinkers of hops-infused beer and are also the continent’s leaders in smoking pot.
Great that people don’t go to jail for the victimless crime of possessing drugs for their own use. This is a great start. Using certain drugs may be stupid (e.g. too much alcohol), but that should not be a criminal case.
“Unfortunately [the law]‘s not bringing anything new on the prevention side, and this is most worrying.” http://www.radio.cz/en/article/123873 Intense government campaigns should make using drugs less “hip” and reduce usage and abuse. Unfortunately alcohol usage is a huge problem world wide, and of course other drugs may become a bigger health problem too.
Where should these drugs come from? the delivery guy still is criminalized and thus drug crime still a problem. Except if every user now starts growing his own supply. Everyone engaging in agriculture might be very good but creates other problems (what to do with surplus harvest, or when stocks run out, or before the pot is harvested). What if I don’t like growing plants at home, or mom does not allow it? And where should I get my ecstasy and heroin supply from, legally?
Compare Dutch Drug Laws
By allowing possession and retail sales of cannabis, but not cultivation or wholesale, the government creates numerous problems of crime and public safety, he alleges, and therefore he would like to switch to either legalising and regulating production, or to the full repression
Share with your friend, if you like it, or if you hate it.
Another absurd example of drug policy going haywire. The sugar content and artificial coloring, and the empty calories are deadly menaces to public health. Very minute traces of cocaine are probably totally inefficient, maybe even beneficial according to old South American Indian tradition. Certainly the coffeine is more dangerous. It will be interesting if such traces will be found in other foodstuffs.
The illegal cocaine alkaloid – one of 10 found in coca and representing only 0.8% of the plant’s chemical make-up – is chemically removed before use, as mandated by international anti-narcotics agencies.
admin: A National Law Journal survey of 800 people taken in March showed that 68% of blacks and 45% of whites felt that a “compelling” defense could be made of fury resulting from long-term racism http://web.archive.org/web/200 00817191807/http:/www.time.... 00
Bill: “The third world war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel and their allies) mutually destroy each other.” The rest of the world will be drawn in. “Meanwhile the other... 00
Sam Adu: They were doing Jiu Jitsu in his booty hole 20 guys wooooooow…. 00
Sam Adu: They showed his butt pussy no mercy wow….. 00
jewamongyou: Yes. Think of all the police, welfare workers and hospital staff who mightn’t have work if not for diversity! 20
admin: Some of these jihadists are passport carrying citizens. It is hard to take their passport away. Even more so because it would be racist if they were treated differently from people who have been British for 10 or 100 generations. 00
Sam Adu: Boy the drilled his booty goood boy wow…Pumping him like good just think alln those guys taking turns none stop… Wow woould not want to be in his shoes 00
nashey: I totally agree. When they check-in their passport will be confiscated and their DNA and fingerprints taken. Then they will receive a one way visa and ticket out of Britain. Every passport application after that renewable or new passport will 1st need to provide... 00
jewamongyou: Sadly, it appears as if the U.S. is heading down the same path as UK, where hardened criminals are handled with kid gloves. It’s unbelievable that the same crowd that condones violence such as Michael Brown inflicted upon the much smaller shop owner,... 00
jewamongyou: It might be said that liberals’ reduced expectations of blacks is a form of racism; it’s an admission that blacks are less capable of civilized behavior than other races. Regarding the case in point, Jared Taylor just published a nice post on... 00
jewamongyou: I think the British should encourage ALL Muslims in Britain to travel to the Middle East for jihad – then lock the door behind them and not let them back in! 20
Julianne Chladny: 153 of the 268 exonerations IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF MILLIONS IF NOT BILLIONS OF RAPE FILES! Bravo you pigs! Now we have a SLEW of ignoraouses that think ALL Girls cry wolf. EVERY 7 MINUTES A WOMAN IS RAPED IN THE US, EVERY 20 MINUTES IN CANADA!... 00
admin: @Old Viking: Milton Diamond’s research does not use child porn. He looked at changes in crime statistics in countries where child porn was either made illegal, or, made legal. The second case is rare, it happened usually in countries when all porn was made... 00
admin: Very interesting. In the USA, Blacks and Hispanics have a lot more antisemitism then Whites. Add to that that Blacks seem to be more willing to use physical violence (See Ferguson and other Riots, plus crime statistics in general) And willingness of European... 00
admin: Fully clothed photos of a 17 year old “child” in a provocative pose is child pornography Copine level 5! If it is deliberately posed and not even provocative, it is child pornography level 4. Amazing. 00
EazyE: As a Proud Father I can say that if this man enjoyed doing what he did to this poor baby, then this SOB deserved every min of payback he endured. I would’ve finished him off with a billet in his ass. Then ask for forgiveness. Just saying. 00
me: Its true the serpent/satan got men through women… When they say women are stupid, it is very true… They are indeed a necessary evil(only good for men’s pleasure) because they contribute nothing else to this world…. And the worst of ingrates... 00
Eric: The problem is that the Anglosphere is a sexually repressive culture that believes that abortion is a ‘right’; and Islam is a culture that recognizes a gender polarity, celebrates sexuality (within certain boundaries), and believes that motherhood is a... 30
thedude: LOL Edwin. Hell, if a normal bloke looks at a hot teenage girl sideways in the UK they go crazy. That country has utterly lost its mind. 50
Edwin: So Britian’s most popular name for boys is that of a pedophile? Funny coming from a country that probably has more pedo hysteria than any other (it’s in a close tie with the US) And Yes Mohammed was a pedophile. He married a girl at 6 and started... 50
jewamongyou: The establishment Left loves Muslims and non-whites – but it hates the things Muslims and non-whites do to society: Anti-homosexuality, intolerance, degradation of the environment, destruction of endangered species, languages and tribes, lack of... 20
admin: Yazidists suffer murder threats by Islamists and Jihadists in Vienna. http://www.nachrichten.at/nach richten/chronik/Wiener-Islamis ten-drohen-Jesiden-mit-Mord;ar t58,1469091 00
admin: In France, this has taken the form of violent riots, as Muslims attack synagogues and Jewish youth form street defense groups. [Gaza conflict: France criticizes 'anti-Semitic' riot, BBC, July 21, 2014] What precisely the French people gain by hosting... 00
Stephen: God almighty, Germany and Europe need to shed the PC cultural slavery they’re suffering from and kicks these invaders out! 00
anon: they could easily accept the first option. “adopt the fasting schedule used in Mecca”. it wasn’t hard. its a combination of other rules anyway. 00
Bill Clinton: The only sane solution is to promptly nuke the region so that any residual child porn that has not yet been transmitted is destroyed. 00
Stephen: @Caprizchla On second thought, while I largely agree, I am uncomfortable with with any sort of manadory sterilization (IF that is something you are open to). Also, I am not sure a great deal of resource problems are not more the result of an increasingly... 00
Stephen: @Caprizchka Thank you for your response and WOW I pretty much totally agree! I don’t think I have anything else to add right now. 00
alex: Can’t believe nobody thought about a similar situation in the past 20 to 50 years or even before that. Also I love how Allah did not provide any direct answers through the Koran….makes one wonder what sort of God Allah might be. All around it proves... 30
Caprizchka: @Stephen: “Why should prostitution be limited to men who can’t get women by other means?” I’m actually an anti-statist but if there is a state I say we should make sure that there are prostitutes for everyone by whatever mechanism is... 20
admin: @Eric, thanks for pointing out this additional issue. This is why in Brazil people have the constitutional right to refuse blood alcohol testing after causing a serious accident. In California, for example, they use trickery: the condition to get a drivers... 00
admin: @theantifeminnist: This research seems to be about real classic pedophilia, attraction to pre-pubertal children. As about 1% of males (?) have this preference, there are serious concerns how to get these people to live with this preference without actually... 00
Zorro: They’re called sand niggers for a reason. 21
Old Viking: One wonders just where and how a peer reviewed study, possibly monitored by an ethics committee, got legal access to child porn? 00
Jason: And women ask themselves “where have all the good men gone?” as a predatory legal system with scarcely more credibility than a mideval witch hunt presents women with a large financial incentive to falsely accusing men of everything from rape to... 10
Opus: Rape is a very unusual crime in that it can only be committed by men; it is also a crime that can only be committed against women, specifically against their chastity. Personally (and professionally) I have come across a fair number of women who claim that they... 10
alex: I can’t decide which is better; that police/prosecutors thought this was a good idea or that a judge actually signed a warrant to create child porn. Either way I’m glad the warrant will expire. Next up is asking why the girl is not being charged with... 20
theantifeminist: “Huge differences have also been found in the white matter of paedophiles’ brains, compared to typical men’s. Paedophiles tend to be between 10 and 15 IQ points lower than average.” Or maybe a paedophile would have to have a sub-normal IQ in... 00
Eric: This shows that the United States has sunk to the social equivalent of the 14th Century. The 5th Amendment to the US Constitution expressly forbids compulsion of an accused to testify against himself; and of course prohibits torture too—but the Constitution... 20