Interesting little statistic here…

…that just changes everything, if it’s true:

The DEA has estimated that marijuana accounts for well over half of cartel sales. Legal marijuana would slash the chaos on our border and the impact of cartel operations in some 200 U.S. cities and in over 60 of our national parks.

Now, for all anyone knows this guy just pulled that statistic out of his posterior. If it’s true, though, I think it’s safe to say that the wind would be taken right out of the sails of the people who advocate continuing the War On Some Drugs on the basis of “if we legalize it there will be junkies on the streets.” I’d like to think that the argument that weed is a gateway drug to harder drugs has been thoroughly discredited; I know there was at least one study that did discredit that argument. And if profits from weed do comprise that large percentage of drug cartel sales, then I would think that when you look at it as a percentage of drugs sold by the cartels, it would comprise an even larger portion; i.e., the cartels sell more weed than anything else. Of course that’s operating on the assumption that cocaine and heroin cost more per unit than marijuana does, which I would think is a fair one given the latter two drugs’ potency. At any rate, though, it deserves to be asked at what point the cure is worse than the disease.

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One Response to “Interesting little statistic here…”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Bob S. (209.12.109.210)
    I wonder how much less violence we would have in America if weed was legal.

    While I think most dealers handle more then weed, how many would do legal only drugs?

    How many people wouldn’t have to defend or attack someone else for a prized street corner or fight to keep their “turf” ?

    How many lives would we save?
    October 26, 2009, 12:01:41 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    Sabra (66.69.88.111)
    Bob, that’s my same line of reasoning! I really don’t care one way or another if we legitimize another intoxicant…but I’d like to see what it would do to improve the lot of the good people who live in the ghetto because they don’t have the money to go elsewhere.

    Not to mention, of course, that decriminalizing it would save local governments a great deal of money in treatment. When my best friend was in a city-run rehab facility quite recently, the bulk of the inmates were there for marijuana violations–and most of them expressed an intent to go right back to using upon release. I’d love to see that money go elsewhere. (If I’m really gonna go all pie in the sky, let’s take that money and send it over to the library system!)
    October 26, 2009, 2:03:53 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    K. D. (76.210.228.222)
    Once in my profession, I shouldn’t be saying this, but it needs to be legalized.
    As I have said, the narcotics ban has been a failure, just like the 18th Amendment.
    October 26, 2009, 2:55:40 PM CDT – Like – Reply – Edit – Moderate

    the pistolero (71.40.227.153)
    How many people wouldn’t have to defend or attack someone else for a prized street corner or fight to keep their “turf” ?
    Good question, Bob. I wonder that often myself; I’ve always thought the lion’s share of the violence perpetrated with guns in this country could be ultimately attributed to the illegal drug market. I honestly do think that if we called a cease-fire in the War On Some Drugs that we would have less than the zero justification for the War On Guns that we have now.

    decriminalizing it would save local governments a great deal of money in treatment.
    A-yep, and of course all those folks would have to find other jobs, so of course they have a vested interest in keeping drugs illegal. I hesitate to say there is a such thing as a “drug treatment lobby,” but the biggest reason for that is the fact that they haven’t been making that much noise because of there not being much said at this point about the legalization of them. I bet if there was, they’d be a lot louder, though.

    the narcotics ban has been a failure
    Yep, and a resounding one.

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