Drug Czar Wants to go Nuts

Gangstas better watch out. Hippies better stock up. The Drug Czar has had enough of the multi-billion dollar marijuana market, so he’s decided to try even harder to stop it:

john waltersMEXICO CITY — Marijuana is now the biggest source of income for Mexico’s drug cartels and the U.S. is committed to cracking down harder on traffickers, U.S. drug czar John Walters said Thursday.”We’re trying to increase the force with which we’re attacking this problem,” Walters said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “This is a focus because of the overlooked importance marijuana has in the violence.”

Previously, you see, the Drug Czar was just trying really hard. But now he’s gonna try really extra super 110% hard. It sounds like his strategy so far consists of issuing some sort of edict to prosecutors, probably by email, asking that they please put more people in prison for pot:

He added that the U.S. is “looking at additional ways in which we can have a stronger prosecutorial response,” including requests for more funding and personnel.

So the Drug Czar, confronted with the failure of everything we’ve been doing for decades, will now request more funding to continue the same wasteful, destructive, redundant charade. Marijuana-related violence is one of the most unlikely and counterintuitive phenomena in human history, and yet it has become commonplace thanks to drug prohibition and its infinitely corrupting influence. The only remaining question is how many more declarations of redoubled drug war our nation’s Drug Czars can pronounce before being pushed off their proverbial podium.

1 comment to Drug Czar Wants to go Nuts

  • bgstrong

    The walls are begin­ning to crum­ble. In recent weeks, Argentina, Colom­bia and Mex­ico have all taken steps to decrim­i­nal­ize drug pos­ses­sion and treat drug abuse as a health issue, not a legal prob­lem.  In August, Mex­ico decrim­i­nal­ized the “per­sonal use” of drugs includ­ing mar­i­juana, cocaine, heroin and metham­phet­a­mine.  Those caught with amounts under the des­ig­nated limit will be encour­aged to seek treat­ment, with treat­ment manda­tory only for those caught three times.  Five days later, Argentina’s Supreme Court decrim­i­nal­ized the pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana intended for per­sonal con­sump­tion, and this month, the Colom­bian Supreme Court also ruled that pos­ses­sion of ille­gal drugs for per­sonal use should not be treated as a crim­i­nal offense. Por­tu­gal decrim­i­nal­ized all drugs in 2001 with the only com­plaints com­ing from Law Enforce­ment labor unions who were los­ing jobs.

    The US War on Drugs is noth­ing more than a Govt. employ­ment pro­gram that costs 15,000 deaths and over $50 bil­lion dol­lars annu­aly in the USA alone.  The US has 5% of the worlds pop­u­la­tion and 25% of the worlds pris­on­ers, of which over 50% are directly drug related.

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