Focused on Marijuana

People will certainly do anything for their marijuana. Drug dealers in the ghetto will shoot each other to protect their stash or to defend their territory. People have committed suicide when lawmakers failed to legalize the pot that they came to rely on for medical reasons. People spend countless hours growing and drying the stuff to secretly use themselves and sell to make a profit. Pot has a way of encompassing someone’s life.

Pot Smugglers

We’ve already heard about the marijuana catapult that drug smugglers used to hurl pot over the U.S./Mexican border. This week, a few more marijuana stories made headlines. The first was another border smuggling episode, where authorities found 39 pounds of marijuana in a sewer system in southern Arizona. The two bales of marijuana, tied to 900 feet of rope, were covered in feces, and were on their way from Mexico to the United States.

The other story is about a man in California who was using a four foot alligator to guard his stash of weed. His 2,300 illegal pot plants were seized by police, he was taken into custody, and his alligator was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator.

Marijuana Crimes are not Surprising

The interesting thing is that these stories are really not surprising anymore. We’ve heard too many of them to be shocked, even though authorities said about the sewer incident that this was the first time they’d discovered marijuana tied to a rope in a sewer.  The catapult was also the first of its kind for authorities a few months ago.

It seems that we may continue to see more and more clever or absurd ways people will construe to be able to use or sell their marijuana. We already know that many people’s lives are affected by marijuana, from the drug dealers in the big cities in the United States to the drug lords and their violence in Mexico.

Legalization Debate

What if marijuana was legal? Would we have all these problems? It is impossible to say how legalizing the substance would change the face of the drug scene, but most likely some of these problems would go away. People in favor of legalizing the drug point out that we would be taking away the power from the drug lords, drug smugglers, and drug dealers. They would have no market here because U.S. citizens could certainly grow enough of their own to supply it.

There are many reasons not to legalize pot, however. It is still a drug and people’s lives are ruined because of it. There is much debate over whether marijuana causes long term effects on the brain, but most people have to admit that someone on marijuana is lacking in some brain function, such as decision making and memory. When we consider our young people, we do not want them to get involved with a drug like marijuana, because it can hinder their ability to study and learn.

As long as the drug is illegal, we should be prepared to hear more of these pot stories. Anyone struggling with marijuana abuse should seek professional help for their problem.

Sources

Cops net alligator, thousands of pot plants in weekend drug busts in California

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  1. John Malone

    First I am almost forty years old and have only ever how might you say, former president bill clintoned with marijuana. But when I was in high school I vividly remember it was more easy for children to acquire marijuana than Alcohol. I know nothing has changed. If we truly care about children and drugs we as a nation would legalize , tax and control marijuana.

    One of the reasons prohibition was overturned was that teenage drunkenness had become a real problem. Prohibition took the power of control away from the federal government And placed it in the hands of lawlessness. Just as with alcohol in the 19 thirty’s people go underground to do what they were told they could not. The speak easy has transformed into the street corner it is past time to admit the drug war has failed.

    America was founded upon freedom of choice and personal accountability. Swap the word alcohol with the word marijuana in the arguments listed above and we are back in 1927.

    Drug treatment not persecution should be our national policy.

  2. John Malone

    First I am almost forty years old and have only ever how might you say, former president bill clintoned with marijuana. But when I was in high school I vividly remember it was more easy for children to acquire marijuana than Alcohol. I know nothing has changed. If we truly care about children and drugs we as a nation would legalize , tax and control marijuana.

    One of the reasons prohibition was overturned was that teenage drunkenness had become a real problem. Prohibition took the power of control away from the federal government And placed it in the hands of lawlessness. Just as with alcohol in the 19 thirty’s people go underground to do what they were told they could not. The speak easy has transformed into the street corner, it is past time to admit the drug war has failed.
    In all the arguments against legalizing marijuana listed above you could just as easily swap the word marijuana with alcohol and we’re back in 1927. With only a little bit of study one realizes just how much of a dismal failure probation was. The parallels of yesteryear’s probation and today’s drug war are absolutely staggering. Drug treatment not persecution should be our national policy.

    America was founded upon the freedom of choice and personal accountability. My personal choice is to be drug free, but I am also rational enough to know my choice should not be forced upon others.

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