Just Say No

Over $1-Trillion dollars and counting.

Colorado and Washington voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the last election. I’m sure those smokers are hoping to buy some less expensive ‘home-grown’ instead of the imported stuff.  Are Latin American leaders happy because the move would probably decrease smuggling and violence – at least to a small degree – at their borders?

Absolutely not!

The leaders of Mexico, Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica whined to the UN in a joint declaration that even a two-state legalization might lessen their governments’ efforts to stop drug-smuggling. In other words, why should they put forth any effort to stop drugs if we’re starting to make them legal?  Hmmm…sounds like extortion to me.

A few things:

1. The efforts of Latin American countries in the Drug War have been almost totally funded by US government dollars.  We’re dumping a lot of money into another no-win war which lines the pockets of a few corrupt politicians and provides jobs to pretend “border guards” and police forces.

2. If pot were totally legal in the US, foreign drug cartels would crumble like the mob’s illegal alcohol trade did after Prohibition.  ‘No more cartels’ would mean no more giant kickbacks to Latin American political leaders and police.

Already the Mexican government is increasing pressure on the Obama administration to strictly enforce U.S. federal law which still forbids recreational pot use.

Better keep sending the money, gringoes.

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