Tuesday, June 10, 2008

When your ideas are bankrupt, resort to saying something really stupid, like Drug Czar John P. Walters

I simply cannot improve on this, from Drug War Rant:

We have our drug czar with the old smoke-a-joint-assassinate-a-Mexican nonsense.

"The largest single source of their revenue is marijuana," said John P. Walters, Office of National Drug Control Policy director. "These killers (cartel bosses) pay assassins with dollars from marijuana users in the United States and it needs to stop.
"It's not a victimless activity. It's blood money. And every time somebody buys a joint, they need to remember they're contributing to the assassination and murder in Mexico."

Now the author of the article points out that there are some of us with an actual idea.

An alternate solution proposed by some critics of the drug war is to legalize drugs -- marijuana in particular. They say the demand for the illegal supply would drop dramatically. The drug could be regulated to keep it out of the hands of youth, they say, and taxed to fund prevention and treatment.
Yep. That's right. And how do you counter such a reasoned, logical, and evidence-supported argument? With nonsensical ridicule, of course.

The country's top counter-drug officials sneer at the idea.

"It's a silly argument put forth by people who have a hidden agenda to legalize drugs," said Rafael Lemaitre, a spokesman for the Office of National Drug Control Policy in Washington, D.C. "It's not a responsible health policy to make marijuana more available in society."

Let me see if I can get this straight -- People who call for legalization of drugs have a hidden agenda to... legalize drugs.


Anonymous said...

The sad part is if we allowed domestic growing and regulated it like tobacco, we would stop these problems. It is the government policy which causes this. Even sadder is that I feel like I can discuss any issue but this one openly.

Brian said...

Look, once we regulate drugs and decriminalize them, we can go after the black market producers in Colombia and Mexico with the help of every single other country in the hemipshere.