Prompted by “New drug dynamic: Less pot, a lot more heroin, meth”: http://www.thecannabist.co/2015/01/12/new-drug-dynamic-mexico-u-s-less-pot-lot-heroin-meth/27066/
“The amount of cannabis seized by U.S. federal, state and local officers along the boundary with Mexico has fallen 37 percent since 2011, a period during which American marijuana consumers have increasingly turned to the more potent, higher-grade domestic varieties…”
“That has prompted Mexican drug farmers to plant more opium poppies, and the sticky brown and black ‘tar’ heroin…”
This is why I focus upon ending Certain Drug Prohibition and refuse to limit this issue to cannabis. Sure cannabis leads the charge, but the real danger rests in having the public press hard enough to end Cannabis Prohibition and then settle into apathy towards ending the war on some drugs in general.
This is not just about legalization of drugs, but also about criminalizing the highly destructive prohibition selectively and hypocritically applied against certain drug use without societal benefit (i.e. cheaply and wrongly assumed benefit).
One major area of ending Certain Drug Prohibition guaranteed to occupy space in my “HUSH for Rush” post series is the impact that end would logically have against criminal organizations of all sizes. In a nutshell, the profit margin from illicit drugs is well above that for any other criminal activity, because illicit drugs are seriously inexpensive to manufacture and sell at a very high price due to ample consumer demand.
The financial supply line from allowing the war on some drugs to rage on provides far more military grade weaponry and powerful bribery resources against sound governance, and grossly endangers good members of law enforcement (those actually serving and protecting the public, not their cash cow from Certain Drug Prohibition, or such), because even small street gangs selling illicit drugs gain enough money to leverage automatic weapons against them.
The evidence is clear. Repealing Alcohol Prohibition ended black market forces involving distribution of that drug (and all of the violence therein). The prompting article points to ending Cannabis Prohibition as providing that same positive impact. Ending the war on some drugs in general would severely cripple the financial supply line of all criminal organizations selling illicit drugs. Small gangs would no longer be able to profit in a way leading to purchasing cutting edge weapons, and that can only be positive for society.
Otherwise, heavy resources fund ample thuggery in the black market, and ample sanctioned thuggery against harmless liberty and just law — all with destructive results against society.
Thuggery and civility never mix, and sane minds prefer the latter to prevail.