Source: Author: May 14, 2014

Recent polls now say that the majority of Americans now support the legalization of marijuana. Still there are some whom aren’t convinced. Some on what the majority views as a misguided morality platitude and others usually with the viewpoint rooted in some mythical fear or old wives tale. One thing that most people can agree on, however, is that if the ultra violent Mexican cartels could be destroyed, or at least significantly weakened, we would all benefit.

Early evidence suggests that legalization in Colorado and Washington State, even in its infancy, is doing just that. Keep in mind, that previous to legalization, the US was estimated to produce about 10 million pounds. Meanwhile, Mexico imported about 40 million pounds into over 1,000 US cities.  But now, even with just 2 states legalizing weed and allowing for American domestic production, regulated for safety and quality, farmers and cartels are seeing their wholesale prices slashed by as much as 75 percent. Some are saying this could simply drive them out of the pot business for good.

One farmer is quoted as saying: “It’s not worth it anymore. I wish the Americans would stop with this legalization.”

Former DEA senior intelligence specialist Sean Dunagan told VICE News that, although it’s too early to verify the numbers: “Anything to establish a regulated legal market will necessarily cut into those profits. And it won’t be a viable business for the Mexican cartels — the same way bootleggers disappeared after prohibition fell.”

Some might think that the DEA might welcome the hurt on their long time foes. But in real time, some are suggesting that the relationship DEA persons have with the cartels, particularly the large ones like the Sinaloa Cartel, made famous in the “Fast and Furious” (sort of) scandal from years back. Vice News in their reporting even suggests that it “almost” seems like the DEA is more protective of their cartel buddies than they are interested in any sort of justice here in America. They tell of how the agency will lose perks, budgets and other niceties if people are allowed their freedom.

So what does legalization mean for Americans? It means a weakened Mexican crime syndicate more vulnerable to prosecution and total collapse.  It means American jobs. It means the exposure of corruption inside an agency that has long been too big for its britches. This all in addition to so many other things people can benefit from, including the seniors and students that tax revenues assist. Including new sources of raw materials and fuel that have already been proven to be more efficient and more renewable than any rival. Revenues and innovations this nation can certainly put to good use.

Many agree, regardless of the motives or motivations, that this nations backwards at worst and schizophrenic at best policy needs to at least evolve and hopefully reform to a saner, more humane policy.  And when that happens, maybe we can reform or evolve the DEA into actually doing something that might service the American people rather than the Mexican cartels.

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