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  1. chillinwill
    DEA's Senate Testimony Shows Legalizing Marijuana Would Hurt Cartels

    A group of police officers, judges and prosecutors who support legalizing marijuana is pointing to new congressional testimony from the FBI and DEA as evidence that the government's marijuana prohibition policy actually helps -- not hurts -- drug cartels.

    Appearing before the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, representatives for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration testified last Wednesday that "marijuana is the top revenue generator for Mexican [cartels]—a cash crop that finances corruption and the carnage of violence year after year. The profits derived from marijuana trafficking—an industry with minimal overhead costs, controlled entirely by the traffickers—are used not only to finance other drug enterprises by Mexico’s poly-drug cartels, but also to pay recurring 'business' expenses, purchase weapons, and bribe corrupt officials."

    The pro-legalization police group, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), believes that if California voters approve the marijuana legalization initiative on this November's ballot the Mexican drug cartels will lose a huge source of revenue.

    "By legalizing, regulating and taxing marijuana, California voters can ensure that the Mexican drug cartels who control the currently-illegal market will no longer be able to fund a bloody drug war with profits from marijuana sales to Californians," said Russ Jones, a LEAP speaker and former San Jose narcotics detective who is just one of dozens of California law enforcers actively supporting the initiative. "As a cop, I saw how prohibition doesn't prevent anyone from using marijuana but instead allows murderous gangsters and thugs to collect huge riches, just like during alcohol prohibition. It's time to put these criminals out of business with legalization and control."

    The full FBI/DEA testimony can be read at http://anonym.to/?http://www.fbi.gov/congress/congress10/perkins050510.htm

    Tom Angell
    May 10, 2010


  1. mr t
    :applause: It s about time, I guess better late than never!!!!
  2. shivakiva2112
    Hmmmm...interesting. Of course it's good news that reps of the FBI and DEA are finally saying something intelligent for a change: of course prohibition creates a market with artificially inflated prices and creates a financial incentive for the traffickers.

    The conclusion is a little sketchy though, because one has always assumed that California is a net exporter of marijuana. Certain persons have claimed that during their travels in Central America (along major overland trafficking routes for marijuana, cocaine, etc.) the only quality pot that could be purchased was damned expensive because it was all imported from California.

    Assuming that Mexico exports a lower grade cannabis product than is produced domestically in California, isn't it reasonable to further assume that California imports little Mexican pot relative to the other states, specifically Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas? It's likely, however, that a lot of imported Mexican pot crosses the border in California on its way to other markets, wouldn't legalization actually enhance the ease with which Mexican pot could penetrate the California-Mexico border, thereby increasing the cartels access to more distant states (where pot isn't legal and demand remains high)?

    Apologies for the highly speculative content in this post. But SWIM just isn't convinced that legalizing cannabis in California is going to be a bust for the Mexican cartels, SWIM thinks that argument fails.
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