a reply to: Krazysh0t
I'll admit I didn't read the rest of the thread this time so my apologies if someone else mentioned these points. I'm juggling a few projects on my
other computer so no time to read too much.
But here's the part you seem to be missing, in context of the OP. Real policymakers & bureaucrats already know marijuana isn't harmful.
talking about their public statements, I mean factually. A simple look at the number of deaths caused by marijuana compared to something like Tylenol
will prove that.
The "War on Drugs" is a pretext for power moves, plain and simple. It's not meant to prevent drug use or keep our streets clean. It was implemented
just as racial integration started to be implemented in America, and it's not a coincidence that racial minorities are the ones hardest hit by its
enforcement. It keeps us disenfranchised at a higher rate than non-minorities (cue Lee Atwater's speech about the purpose
of the "Southern
Strategy's" policies, which is to implement policies that affect us more than they affect the majority).
It's also a pretext for interventions in Latin America, particularly Central American countries. The Cold War is over, but our foreign policymakers
still need a pretext to legally intervene in those countries' governments. Terrorism, famine, and disease don't work as pretexts there the way they do
in the Middle East & Africa. So the "Drug War" is still useful as our excuse for mingling in their internal affairs.
The "Drug War" is also a major source of funding for law enforcement. A dramatic percentage of local law enforcement agencies would have major budget
crises if the Drug War (and the programs affiliated with it) were to stop today. And this doesn't even touch on the police forces that have unofficial
quotas. It's obviously easier for them to reach their quotas by giving out tickets to nonviolent drug users & by arresting nonviolent drug users than
by going after wife beaters or abduction cases.
Another major but often overlooked point is that organized crime & real "black ops" organizations need these substances to stay illegal in order to
prop up their profit margins. There are countless articles showing the links between our government & different organized crime groups (just as the
British Empire had w/the opium industry). There are articles about the countless billions of cartel dollars funneled through our banking system;
articles about the DEA & Sinoloa cartel working together; etc. The Iran-Contra scandal & it's less spoken of sister program, the CIA-Cocaine-Rick Ross
scandal, are literally only the tip of the iceberg on this subject.
Policymakers continue the "Drug War" to keep disenfranchising minorities at a higher rate than non-minorities, as a pretext to mingle in
the internal affairs of one & a half continents, to keep domestic law enforcement budgets afloat, and to fund black ops groups that Congress won't
fund. Marijuana is one of the major cash cow so they'll do everything they can to slow its legalization... Until they find something to replace it