US: Legalizing cannabis is reckless and irresponsible

Following Colorado’s move this month to become the second US state to completely legalise cannabis, James L. Capra, the chief of operations at the US Drug Enforcement agency had this to say in response to a question posed by a senator on Wednesday:

I have to say this…going down the path to legalization in this country is reckless and irresponsibleI’m talking about the long term impact of legalization in the United States. It scares us.

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Despite the local laws of 23 US states which allow cannabis to be prescribed for medical use, it still remains a schedule 1 drug (illegal with no medicinal value) at a federal level.  President Obama seems to have given up on the cat & mouse game that was the DEA vs local states and no longer wishes to enforce the law in those states where cannabis use has been decriminalised.

That said it wants to make its position clear, and Capra went on to say this:

This is a bad experiment.It’s going to cost us in terms of social costs.

If the results of Portugal’s stance on drugs is anything to go by, this won’t be the case. Taking away the ‘naughty’ factor of drugs saw a 50% reduction in drug addiction across the country, with current estimates at a below average addiction rate when compared to the rest of Europe.  As a result, drug related crime also fell dramatically.  Now of course I’m not comparing cannabis to harder drugs (that’d be silly, to classify cannabis in the same region as heroin and speed. Wouldn’t it, US & UK governments?), but what I am saying is that if you allow complete freedom of choice, the correct choice is usually made, as decriminalisation in Portugal has shown us.

Now with a name like SilvaRizla, I’m sure you can all guess what my stance is on cannabis.  This is just the DEA trying to save face and not admitting defeat.  They know full well the war on drugs has failed and is in direct opposition to public opinion, with even more states now considering decriminalisation. With a crippled economy, and an illegal, yet comparatively safe cash cow, there isn’t much of a decision to make.

Are you listening, Mr Cameron?

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7 thoughts on “US: Legalizing cannabis is reckless and irresponsible

  1. “With a crippled economy, and an illegal, yet comparatively safe cash cow, there isn’t much of a decision to make.” Your right, they don’t want to admit defeat because they have pumped billions of dollars into this so called drug war and I just read the other day that the US Government was in collusion with one of the major Mexican cartel families pretty much “allowing” them to smuggle in a certain amount of drugs for leads on other drug traffickers.

    Awesome article and GREAT BLOG!

    • I saw that article on rt.com. One has to ask, if they were doing a deal with one cartel for info on another, did that have the same scheme going on with all the big cartels? I reckon so. The US government are the biggest drug dealers on the planet. I’ll do a story at some point on their opium production in Afganistan and the black jet that crashed carrying tones of cocaine and was covered up.

      Glad you enjoyed the story 🙂

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