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.”
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.
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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