Mexico lawmaker introduces bill to legalize marijuana

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Jose3 wrote:

The children living in poverty on the border need a way to make money to stay alive. If marijuana is legalized, you will be killing these children by depriving them of access to the black market.

Nov 15, 2012 6:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
dinoman88 wrote:

I think the question we should be asking ourselves is;

Who is best at distributing the money gained from selling marijuana, the government or the Cartels?

Nov 16, 2012 6:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

@dinoman – well, government, of course.

But then anymore Government = Cartel.

Nov 16, 2012 9:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
LJW2 wrote:

The biggest thing is legalization will kill the cartels. Once
it’s legal, companies will get involved and push the cartels
out. Two problems solved: get rid of gang violence, make
everybody feel better!

It’s time to quit pretending like it’s not used by a large portion
of the population around the world. The revenue from the legalization
alone could solve budget problems on both sides of the border.

Nov 16, 2012 10:58am EST  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:

@LJW2 is correct. Pot is without, a shred of doubt, the cartels biggest cash revenue. without it, The Mexican army will quickly outspend the cartels, then they will truely be crippled beyond repair.

It actually blows my mind thinking about of much of a terrible blow it would be to the cartels.

Nov 16, 2012 12:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Chazz wrote:

Let’s see… legalizing pot will end cartels. Riiiiiiiiiiiight. Uh huh…sur will!

To the dreamers who came up with that idea let me pose this – what’s to stop the cartels from establishing “legal businesses” through which they will retain control of the market?

Just look at how things are done “politically” in just about every country in the world – money = power and only a fool wouldn’t think the cartels don’t have a LOT of money.

Cartels ALREADY have relationships – based on money – with elected officials and the Army and the police. Do you really believe that once pot is “legalized” those relationships will just disappear?

And the thought that gangs would disband….really? They’ll continue fighting to help their employers maintain the control of the market.

Nov 16, 2012 1:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RoadShow wrote:

Don’t you people understand? Make marijuana legal, something that is less harmful than alcohol and something that will not go away – just like alcohol prohobition.

If we make it legal then you stop associating marijuana users as criminals or druggies. And you take the biggest income maker away from the drug cartels.

Don’t you see that making marijuana legal would be the biggest blow ever blown to the drug cartels?

At the same time you are saving millions in prisons, court and lawyer fees. Taking that money and putting to schools and to the police force to teach anti drug use and to fund police to find real criminals. You also open police time since they won’t be focusing on finding marijuana.

Nov 16, 2012 1:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DragonTattooz wrote:

“a strong majority of Mexicans are firmly against legalizing drugs”

I wonder…if they were told the truth, as opposed to the propaganda from the USA’s very own Josef Goebbels-inspired ONDCP, would they still feel the same? I highly doubt it. Just as with Americans. I have personally seen people “get it” and immediately change their stance on the War on Drugs.

Nov 16, 2012 1:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

@Chazz

This isn’t what happened in America when prohibition ended. History says that you are 100% wrong. Budweiser, Miller, Coors, etc. Are they mob ran and owned? How about Jack Daniels? Please point me to the alchohol company that is ran by the Mob.

Nov 16, 2012 5:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Chazz wrote:

You’re right “The NewWorld” (and isn’t it a new world we live in…?)

“Back in the day” alcohol was originally legal…until prohibition.

The point of my original post was/is this – if you think the drug cartels will just end – POOF! – if drugs are legalized you’re kidding yourself.

To use you own example – did the mafia or “organized crime” end when prohibition ended?

I can’t point you to the “alcohol company that is ran (sic) by the Mob” because, quite frankly I have not been blessed with the same level of infallible information and intelligence that you and everyone else has on these sites….

Nov 16, 2012 6:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TheNewWorld wrote:

@Chazz

There will still be cocaine, and heroine for the cartels to bring into America. No one said they would cease to exist, they stated it would hurt them greatly. My argument is that they will not control the legal marijuana market, just like the mafia/mob doesn’t control the legal alchohol market today. You were specualting that they will just run the legal businesses, I say history says they wont. I am sure thousands of people turned from illegal sources of income from alchohol and went legit when it ended. They were no longer breaking the law, what is bad about that?

Nov 16, 2012 8:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Janeallen wrote:

@jose3:
Are you nuts? The drug lords are using the children as political human shields!

Free the children from the drug culture, if you really care about children!

Nov 16, 2012 9:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse

60,000 people dead in the drug war in Mexico since 2006. i find it really surprising that there is still so much support for it. surely, there must be a majority of people who have realised that perhaps it is the law rather than “the drugs” that is massacring all these people? how strange…

Nov 17, 2012 6:18am EST  --  Report as abuse
Bennyjoe wrote:

I think all drugs should be decriminalized and access controlled by the Govt. or private Dr’s. The problem will never go away ever. Giving someone one drug to replace their drug of choice doesn’t work for most people. I think some people’s brain just need it to function like non addicts. I also think it’s natural to take substances that make you feel better since people have been doing it since the beginning until the Govt. got involved and decided how you should feel and what you need.

Nov 18, 2012 6:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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