On Tuesday voters in Washington, Colorado and Oregon will vote to legalize Marijuana. No, not medical marijuana, pot for everyone.
To coincide with the vote, a Mexican think tank says legalizing weed in these states may slash Mexican drug cartel profits up to 30%. Some reports have discussed possible downfalls to legalizing marijuana, which include the possibility of these cartels setting up shop (legally) in America (yes, they actually discuss that). Legal business is of course what we strive for.
Thomas J. Gorman, head of the Rocky Mountain High Instensity Drug Trafficking Area, a government agency that coordinates anti-drug efforts by local, state and federal agencies in four Western states said:
If I were a cartel member and I knew Colorado and Washington had it legal, I’d get a couple front people and do my business out of those states. Why would I not?
This flies in the face of logic, of course because once it is legal people will buy and grown legally, as opposed to buying Mexican weed, which may be sprayed with chemicals amongst other things.
Logic is not a skill utilized by ant-pot legislation though. The only reason hemp is illegal is because it is a better alternative to cotton, paper and other products made from fossil fuels. William Randalph Hearst was one big reason weed became illegal and he owned a major logging company, which produced cheap paper and marijuana was a threat to this. So he launched a propaganda campaign scaring people, telling them blacks and Mexicans go on murdering rampages when they use the drug. This is veering off subject but always worth mentioning when combating anti-pot government types.
The polls show very tight races in Washington and Colorado, while Oregon may not pass. Washington stands the best chance of passing.