Saturday, August 31, 2013

Police fury

Congratulations to the DOJ for their recent decision to allow the states to create a regime that would regulate and implement the ballot initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana for adults. Predictably, police organizations are up in arms. Guess what boys. Prohibition doesn't work. Never has. Never will. We know it and so do you.

I, for one, don't want the police state this "war" has created. The United States has less than 5 % of the world's population but has almost 25% of the world's prisoners and keeps them incarcerated longer than than other nations.  

Just as the unlimited cold hard cash  from alcohol prohibition gave rise to the mafia, the richer-than-God profits generated by this cash cow "drug war" gave rise to the cartels and funds the quasi-military police state that is developing in the country. The UN estimates that the drug market in America alone is worth 60 billion dollars. At this point police have grown very fond of the gobs of dirty money they keep for themselves. Time to gut the profit all around. Money, power and prestige corrupts everything it touches on both sides of the law.

Source: Police Groups Furiously Protest Eric Holder's Marijuana Policy Announcement


Roy said...

I looked around and got some confusing statistics from different sources, but it tends to look like a pretty big, lopsided percentage of arrests and incarcerations are for marijuana offenses. Pretty crazy, for something that makes you drive slower.

Paula said...

It's just crazy to have so many people in prison when they could be working and paying taxes, but instead a smaller and smaller group of working people are paying more and more to support a larger prison pop (and other nonworking people). The whole fucking country is becoming a pyramid scheme.

asha said...

It's crazy alright. And good point about the diminished tax base. Add to that the stress on families, welfare or even worse, no support. Lack of guidance in the home...on and on. For what? Smoking pot? Taking pills? Being an addict? Legalize, tax, regulate. Prohibition simply makes crime pay and pay BIG.