Reefer Madness in California amid calls for Curbing Demand If this new War on Drugs works as advertised, we should be drug-free soon.

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By Lynn Woolley

So we’re going to fight the War on Drugs by legalizing them state-by-state? I can’t wait to see how that works out.

I’ve always been a hardliner on drugs.

In this Dec. 29, 2017, photo, marijuana plants are shown at the KindPeoples dispensary in Santa Cruz, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

It seems to me that if you catch somebody pushing and drug dealing, you confiscate the product and send the pusher to jail. The users – or victims if you prefer – obviously need help. But some of them need to do some time as well.

The new, more Obama-like thought process is to not fill up our prisons with druggies – but rather to legalize drugs – especially marijuana – and the demand will go away. We’re testing that theory now in California where pot is legal as of 2018 and where long lines were waiting to get high.

Obama freed druggies and put pushers back on the streets. We’re legalizing pot one state at a time. If this new War on Drugs works as advertised, we should be drug-free soon.

George P. Shultz says — focus the War on curbing demand. 

George P. Shultz

Shultz served as Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan. On January 3, he published an op-ed co-written with Pedro Aspe, the former minister of finance for Mexico, and a retired CEO of Evercore Partners Mexico. They say the War on Drugs is a failure that has ruined lives and clogged our prisons at great expense.

(I always thought it was the illegal drugs that ruined lives. How stupid of me!)

They write in the op-ed:

“The prohibition on drugs have [also] created perverse economic incentives that make combatting drug producers and distributors extremely difficult. The high black market price for illegal drugs has generated huge profits for the groups that produce and sell them, income that is invested in buying state-of-the art weapons, hiring gangs to defend their trade, paying off public officials and making drugs easily available to children to get them addicted.”

All this can be stipulated. But it may all be a non sequitur. None of this is relevant to the central idea of curbing demand. They seem to be saying that all we need to do is drop the prohibition – and all will be well because the graft and corruption will disappear. I doubt it.

They go on to say that the United States and Mexico must admit that the War on Drugs has failed and, thus, concentrate on curbing demand. One of their ideas is to decriminalize the small-scale possession of drugs.

OK! California just did that! Let’s see how it worked!

Same day – January 3, 2018, the Associated press reported on the new business of selling legalized pot in California – one of America’s bellwether states.

“Ceremonial ribbon cuttings marked the occasion Monday as the nation’s biggest producer of illicit marijuana moved from the shadows toward a regulated market. Freebies and food greeted those who waited in long lines to get their hands on weed with names like ‘Oh Geezus’ and ‘Banana Breath.’”

This appears to what Shultz and Aspe are calling for. If so, the “long lines” that queued up to get high on weed isn’t exactly what they promised in their op-ed.

Will legalized MJ help us win the War on Drugs?

From People.Com: In 1980, Barack Obama was a freshman at Occidental College in Los Angeles when he was approached by an aspiring photographer to pose for a series of black-and-white pictures for her portfolio.

Not bloody likely.

But it will prevent potheads from going to jail. It creates a new, above-board industry for the states that legalize the drug. It might encourage the legalization of other, harder drugs. It may cause more driving-while-stoned offenses. Californians will smell more like Willie Nelson.

If somebody died and made me king, I’d continue to put the hard core drug dealers and the bloody gang members in jail while concentrating on rehabilitation of their victims. But maybe I’m wrong. Maybe by legalizing – and regulating – we can finally win the War on Drugs.

We’ve already started in a few states likes Colorado and California. The demand for drugs should be going down any time now.

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