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Article posted Nov 18 2012, 7:28 PM Category: Resistance Source: StoptheDrugWar.org Print

Marijuana Legalization Victories Are Already Ripping the Drug War Apart

by Scott Morgan

Of all the fascinating reactions I've seen to Colorado and Washington's successful marijuana legalization initiatives, this is by far the most extraordinary.
MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Felipe Calderon says the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in two U.S. states limits that country’s “moral authority” to ask other nations to combat or restrict illegal drug trafficking.

Calderon says the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado represents a fundamental change that requires the rethinking of public policy in the entire Western Hemisphere. [Washington Post]
One gets the feeling that Mexican leaders have been desperate for any excuse to begin drawing back from the bloody drug war clusterf$%k we've sucked them into. After all, it's pretty damn ridiculous for Mexicans to die in a failed effort to keep marijuana out of the hands of Americans who actually want marijuana.

Imagine that you're Felipe Calderon, a long-serving and faithful puppet of the American drug war juggernaut, and you look up and see something like this unfolding even as your own people are dying in the streets. To say that we've lost our "moral authority" here is an understatement. We never had any to begin with.

Listen closely and you might make out the whispers of the drug war's dumbfounded defenders as they continue struggling to form a response. The moral authority in American drug policy is being reclaimed bravely by the American people themselves, and the message they've sent is now echoing around the world.





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Anonymous

Posted: Nov 19 2012, 10:37 AM

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16240 Very very few Americans think hard drugs are okay. Millions and Millions have no real problem with small amounts of marijuana personal use. Any street cop will tell you those who are just "stoners" do not beat their wives nor fight cops during an arrest. Alcohol alone induces violence and frequently kills - POT alone does not. Alcohol is legal POT is not - what is wrong with this picture?
Anonymous

Posted: Nov 19 2012, 1:27 PM

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67206 Just one of the merits of legalization that saw it pass was taking the profits from the drug runners. Cut them off at the bank. Then take the revenue with taxes for the state.

And the biggest good I see is, no more prosecution and jail for simple possession, turning citizen into criminals to feed the prisons.

I suggest within a year or two the benefits of this shift will prove the war on drugs has always been and is just flat stupid policy wasting billions and never touching on the problems, just adding to them.
B Careful What U Wish 4

Posted: Nov 19 2012, 5:35 PM

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67159 With anarchy there would be no cops or government to stop people from going around putting bullets in dopers' heads.
Chris

Posted: Nov 19 2012, 6:05 PM

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With anarchy there would be private gun ownership and private defense companies to prevent criminals like you describe from committing such crimes.

Also, with the government we have now cops are going around putting bullets in "dopers'" heads, yet defending yourself from said costumed criminals is deemed a crime.


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