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.
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.
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.