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The Issue With War On Drugs

By Edited Jun 3, 2015 2 7

This is a controversial topic amongst many people, and these are my views on marijuana today. I can hear the cynics already. Marijuana is not the problem, the fact that it is not regulated by our government is the actual issue here. Teenageers can get their hands on a dub easier than they would alcohol. To state the obvious, when a person goes into an establishment to buy alcohol there are strict legal rules in place to prevent them from doing so if underage; this includes having the proper identification. I don't want to hear the bullshit about fake id's, a child still has to go through great lengths to obtain one. I don't want to hear the bullshit about driving, there are too many kids who die at the wheel from drunkards each year. I don't want to hear about addiction, last time I checked rehabs are still in business, and people still need their nicotine fix even though the prices have skyrocketed. I don’t want to hear it's dangerous; it has never been the direct cause of death; if anything it has helped alleviate cancer stricken patients of their pain. I don't want to hear, “well you do not know what it is in it”; that is because the government won't regulate it. I don't want to hear it is the gateway drug; one has the option of saying no to anything; and I see a far cry from heroine vs marijuana. As Louis Armstrong was once quoted saying, ““It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics dope and all of that stuff. It is a thousand times better than whiskey. ” I don't want to hear that it is the reason for violence; it only is because the cartels are the ones supplying the demand; if our government did they would put the cartels out of business. 
I wasn't very experimental, but I started drinking and smoking probably earlier than most, so I think that's why I don't really take to drugs and alcohol too much now; but my views still have not changed on the subject matter. No one wants their kid out with their friends smoking a joint, it is that simple. There are other things in to enjoy in life without the use of recreational drugs. It is a fact that if a child smokes marijuana habitually early in life they will lose their short term memory. However, it has never been the causation of a death, people who use the drug in moderation, find it relaxing. There needs to be laws regulating the sale and distribution to minors, there needs to be fines and legal warnings in place for establishments who violate these laws; and people have to stop pushing this subject matter under the rug when it can be fixed. 


Second issue here is the amount of state and federal money is spent on marijuana. I am going to lay down some numbers here just because facts speak louder than words. Cartels are the driving force of the marijuana trade in the United States, cartels are dangerous. Cartels have to cross the border in order to bring that here. The United States spends $600 million dollars on patrolling the Mexican Border per year. Still these runners get into the United States, and it is handed off to the top guys; these ring leaders are pursued by United States Marshall and Police service, they even have special task forces dedicated to this we spend several million on this annually. Once it gets down to street level we have dealers in the hoods who are being pursued by local police, these dealers are in two categories some are gang members others are just trying to make a buck. Gang members are dangerous, they have weapons and rivals, gang members also need funding. They do this by sale of illegal drugs, pimping and violence. The local police and gang patrol units actively pursue and attempt to maintain order in these “turf wars.” Needless to say if marijuana was regulated, it wouldn't be as difficult to control the border with our tequila loving friends down south because average people would rather buy safely in a store than from a gangster (not all dealers are gangsters, a lot of them are actually really cool.) but really now. Gangs would be broken up because a lot of their funding would be depleted. And kids can't get their hands on it. Oh, and we save a lot of money... which leads to my next point... our government could potentially make billions of dollars through this industry. My friend told me about an interesting venture/franchise that is taking off out west called weGrow, they like to associate themselves as the walmart of weed. They don't actually sell weed, but sell everything someone would need to grow it.

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Comments

Aug 24, 2012 6:32pm
hillloyd
A very insightful commentary of which you are, no doubt, oblivious.
Aug 24, 2012 6:49pm
samr421
Nice to meet you too! May I ask how I am oblivious to this subject as I have done extensive research on this matter and feel as though the "marijuana war" can be handled better than we currently are?...
Aug 24, 2012 6:53pm
Marlando
You know, I NEVER got into drugs but I tried pot a couple of times and didn't like it--Nevertheless, I absolutely defend the right for any adult to smoke, drink or"sniff" anything that he or she wishes to do. The most absurd laws we have in a country claiming to be free are "consensual laws" Indeed, if you want to stop crime and the cartel gangsters on 2012 by in the morning--legalize drugs tonight.. The authority in our country well know this as it is documented by the prohibition era--When booze was legalized the gangsters simply went away. Nevertheless, I liked some of your thoughts so a thumb up for your work.
Aug 24, 2012 7:25pm
hillloyd
Sam421, it is entirely obvious that you have done a significant amount of "research" on drugs. Consuming them does not make you an expert, however. This stream-of-consciousness morass that you have produced only underscores my point. They call it "dope" for a reason.
Aug 24, 2012 8:54pm
samr421
Thanks very much Marlando! I look at it in a different perspective now than I did when I was a teen (growin up i guess =p), but in retrospect prohibition of alocohol is really the same as prohibition on marijuana, there is demand and the wrong people are supplying it in unsafe ways especially to children who will be affected in the long-run. But kids SHOULD NOT be able to get their hands on this stuff easier than alcohol. We, as a society, are letting this happen. In my opinion, it can be taken care of in a better way. At Hilloyd I am sorry you feel this way, as I have stated I no longer consume marijuana (sometimes I wish I did lol), so please check your facts. You do not know what I do day to day, and I am not saying this to belittle you; but you just belittled me by inadvertently calling me a druggy... I like wordplay too. I hope we can get along better in the future, I respect your opinions; and kindly ask you respect mine as well. Cheers!
Aug 25, 2012 8:08am
dreamaker
Good job on a controversial subject..

I have been researching the effects of marijuana on humans for 39.5 years now and the results are in.

This drug is a weed, that grows in the wild. How can any pompous politician think they have the say, to control something that grows in the wild? I'll never figure that out.

Then the bigger issue, let's spend a couple billion a year, trying to stop people from making money on it without paying the taxes that politicians are trying to figure out how to get.

That's the real issue keeping the war going. The big money can't figure out how to get their cut of something that people could grow themselves easily.They can not tax the weed and that's the real issue.

Government must get paid for every product that we as a nation produce. Otherwise where would the money come from to bail out the auto industry and wall street.

Again great job. Keep em coming and I'll keep reading them.
Aug 25, 2012 11:15am
Marlando
Hello again--This topic is so controversial that I am compelled to say this--and I remind you I've never been into drugs and have only tried the weed two or three times. Yet, while I agree that young people should NOT have easy or access to pot anymore than booze or even cigarettes for that matter--I am also in favor of adults doing what they desire to do. Government is well aware that they could stop the cartels by legalizing pot and other drugs easily. But the truth is that drugs have become an international currency so, in a term, that ain't gonna happen/
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