September 4th, 2013
As recently reported by the LA Times,
former Mexican President Vicente Fox has ramped up his campaign for the
legalization of marijuana in Mexico (see L.A.Times link below). Apparently he has recently reversed his stance
on this issue. Fox has reportedly become
disgusted with the level of violence that has become common in Mexico as a result of the drug trade, the
prohibition of drugs, and the dire effort to get the supply of drugs to its
demand in the United States.
In a nutshell, all I really have to say is: Well, duh!
As I have long blogged, legalize drugs and do away with the crime. But, it’s about time that a leader-type
figure in the Western Hemisphere actually attempts to lead on the drug and the
drug war issue instead of running around with their tail between their legs
trying to follow the herd as the proverbial herd is lead by ignorant and failed
policies championed by the U.S. DEA and nearly every recent U.S. presidential administration
to date! One has to wonder if those 'shepherds' have some reason to desire a high sales price for drugs which seems a direct result of the prohibitionist policies.
The LA Times article did mention, however, that Uruguay’s Parliament
is soon to vote to legalize marijuana in that country. So Fox may not be the only leader in the Western Hemisphere willing to lead and display some
common sense and foresight on this issue.
I mean…, why not
legalize such an apparently benign drug that maintains such widespread appeal
among our populace? Why not get all
those dollars and jobs that go towards the cultivation and distribution of
marijuana on the books and subject to tax?
I’m sure the cigarette companies will come in and monopolize any
marijuana industry, anyway. But, who
Why is there such a focus to maintain America’s
prison-slave industry by forever throwing victimless criminals in jail by the
thousands? Who is making money off such
practices and who is paying for it all?
I suggest we vote-out the politicians that support the
prison-industry state that America
has become through the never-ending incarceration of non-violent ‘criminals’
such as marijuana offenders! Let the
non-violent marijuana offenders out of our jails and off the taxpayer’s expense
– regardless of who is making money or getting kickbacks on the flip-side by
offering the would-be prisoner-slave workers to the highest or lowest bidder(s)!
I believe myself compelled to note that it’s odd that this
matter only presents a moderate/conservative like Pres. Fox to champion such an
issue. Odder still how there are
seemingly no leaders, or few leaders – liberal or otherwise, suggesting the
same thing in our nation. It seems our
American leaders are too busy trying to follow the herd as the hypocritical and apparently
self-serving Federal government shepherd demands and/or extorts when it comes to
outdated and ignorant drug policies!
As I have also blogged/said before: “The drug war is over! Throw in the towel! Or…, give me my money
back! ‘Cause I’m tired of paying for
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