Sunday, September 5th, 2010 -- 2:30 pm
Thursday, September 9, 2010
California Pot Legalization ‘Could End Mexican Drug War’
What Ho! Someone gets it, or more correctly another ex official is joining the campaign to end prohibition. It is too much to ask to solve the whole problem properly but sheer political cowardice this issue produces is astounding. Perhaps open warfare in
I have often posted that the problem of drug abuse is a serious medical issue that needs our attention and resources best mobilized by legalizing all such drugs while seriously regulating and intervening. Every citizen owes the government his ass and that means appearing for duty sober. We can demand that much and it has nothing to do with individual freedom which is a reward granted by your community for good and responsible behavior.
The price of all drugs would collapse while been produced in the
. All so called drug supported insurgency would be starved for cash. USA Afghanistan and would be massively reduced in scope. Mexico
legalizes pot, I suspect most remaining states will also join the party to start to bring this nightmare under control. If the proposition is rejected, at least the issue is getting aired and we are inching toward the only viable solution to the problem. California
Sunday, September 5th, 2010 -- 2:30 pm
governor: Decriminalization 'only practical way to weaken drug cartels' Mexico
Churches representing 1.5 million worshipers throw weight behind Prop 19
The Mexican drug war that has taken the lives of 28,000 people over the past four years could conceivably come to an end if
votes to legalize marijuana, say prominent American and Mexican policy makers. California
Hector Aguilar Camín, editor of the Mexican magazineNexos, and Jorge G. Castaneda, a former Mexican foreign minister and current lecturer at NYU, write in a Washington Post column that Mexican drug gangs could see their revenue drop 60 percent if marijuana was no longer a contraband item.
"As their immense profits shrank, the drug kingpins would be deprived of the almost unlimited money they now use to fund recruitment, arms purchases and bribes," they write.
Camin and Castaneda's arguments join those of the former Republican governor of New Mexico, Gary E. Johnson, who wrote at the FireDogLake blog Friday that marijuana decriminalization is "probably the only practical way to weaken the drug cartels."
America’s policy for almost 70 years has been to keep marijuana—arguably no more harmful than alcohol and used by 15 million Americans every month—confined to the illicit market, meaning we’ve given criminals a virtual monopoly on something that researcher Jon Gettman estimates is a $36 billion a year industry, greater than corn and wheat combined," Johnson wrote. US
Last week, the California Council of Churches IMPACT, which claims to represent 21 denominations with 1.5 million worshipers, officially endorsed California's Proposition 19, the ballot initiative that could see the state become the first in the Union to decriminalize marijuana by popular decree.
“The prohibition of marijuana has failed," Rev. Dr. Rick Schlosser, Executive Director of the
Council of Churches IMPACT, said in a statement. "It’s created a culture of criminality around a substance that is less harmful than both alcohol and tobacco, which are both legal, controlled, and taxed. Let’s control marijuana like alcohol by passing Proposition 19 in November.” California
A recent poll shows that Proposition 19 would pass in
by a margin of 47 percent to 43 percent if the vote were held today. But the lead enjoyed by decriminalization supporters appears to be shrinking as anti-decriminalization efforts pick up steam. California
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) last week announced she would be co-chairing the No on Prop 19 campaign, lending a prominent
voice to the effort to prevent decriminalization. California
Police chiefs have also been coming out against the ballot initiative. Writing in the San Bernardino Sun,
Police Chief Rodney G. Jones says that Prop 19 is "dangerous to residents" and "catastrophic" to the economy. Fontana, California
Jones argues that the proposition's ban on workplace testing for marijuana would deprive California of federal government contracts, some of which require the maintenance of a "drug-free workplace."
And he warns against
California repeating the same pattern did with its marijuana decriminalization: Alaska
The legalization of marijuana has been attempted before and it failed horribly. In 1975 personal possession in
Alaska was allowed by the Supreme Court for adults at least 19 years old. Studies showed that marijuana use among 12- to 17-year-old children doubled. In 1990 the residents of Alaska demonstrated their frustration by voting to "recriminalize" personal possession of marijuana. Alaska
But many law enforcement officers have thrown their weight behind the decriminalization effort, including the former police chiefs of
Seattle and , as well as the National Black Police Association. San Jose
The initiative also has broad support among various factions of both the Democratic Party and the GOP. The
California Young Democrats and the Republican Caucus have both endorsed Prop 19. Liberty