Is my marijuana fueling the Mexican drug war?

Dear Mexican: I am a half-breed, as they say (Mexican father, Anglo mother), and recently I've been reading a lot about the drug violence in Mexico. I've become increasingly disturbed by the way in which we Americans are directly contributing to this war by supplying the demand for drugs while still making it illegal to possess them. My boyfriend is an occasional smoker of the green stuff, and occasionally I partake as well. But, of course, lately it gives me pause. My boyfriend is confident that the stuff he smokes is coming from California or someplace "local." I come from Texas, so to me, Texas and California are pretty much Mexico, if you catch my drift. What are the odds that the "quality" stuff he is smoking is not in some way contributing to the Mexican drug cartels? Hope you can help.

Worried I'm a Hypocrite

Dear Gabacha: Hard to say, although more likely than not. A 2009 finding by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy estimated that more than 60 percent of Mexican drug cartels' $13.8 billion revenue in 2006 came from marijuana — but the White House is as trustworthy on stats involving drugs as a Mexican is with safekeeping a bottle of Herradura. The RAND Corporation — hardly Up in Smoke acolytes — put the figure at somewhere between 15 and 26 percent in a 2010 study. What both sides do acknowledge, however, is that the relaxing of marijuana laws in states such as California has led to a boom in domestic production (read Nick Schou's awesome feature in the OC Weekly, "Into the Emerald Triangle," which reads like Heart of Darkness via Ken Kesey) that is eating directly into the cartels' profits, leading to more narcos shifting production from Mexico to the United States. If you're concerned about where your weed comes from, just do what proponents of farmers' markets do: Buy local. Make sure your neighborhood pot dealer is free of any nefarious connections. Grow your own, and tell the feds it's Mexican oregano if they ask. Better yet, pressure your local and state government to legalize the ganja — and, while you're at it, can you also press for amnesty as well?

Dear Mexican: What I would like to know is why, as Latinos, we never have agencies like MALDEF, which claim to serve the needs of Hispanics whose rights have been violated in some way, come up to the plate and actually do heavy talking, like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson? Right now, with so much shit being thrown at us Latinos, we need someone we can count on to be our voice in the media. Every talk show I've seen, who discusses Latino issues? All white — waz up with that? What's your take on the subject?

Aztlán Broadcasting Company

Dear ABC: Speaking of being doped up...concentrate, CONCENTRATE! You're talking about two issues here, so hay que start with the alphabet organizations, MALDEF (Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund) and NCLR (National Council of La Raza). They do good work on the local level, ensuring equity in school and work, but fail on a national level because they're good liberals instead of the chingón radicals Mexis need to truly fight Know Nothings. That said, they and other organizations did release a survey earlier this year showing the brown-out on our nation's Sunday-morning political talk shows: From March to May of this year, only five out of 234 guests on FOX News Sunday, Face the Nation, This Week and Meet the Press were "Hispanic"—and I'm pretty certain all of them were the Mexican's amigo, Ruben Navarrette Jr.! The reason? Networks still think we're a bunch of banditos. The solution: Make your own media, cabrones, whether blogs, YouTube channels or porn.

 
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malcolmkyle16
malcolmkyle16

Every time the ghastly violence of prohibition is falsely blamed on the users, it diminishes the culpability of those who are truly responsible for maintaining the status quo. Prohibition is an absolute scourge—the end!  The use of drugs is NOT the real problem, the system that grants exclusive distribution rights to violent cartels and terrorists IS.

 

When governments prohibit drugs they effectively and knowingly hand a monopoly on their sale to dangerous criminals and terrorists. Without a legal framework in which to operate, these black-market entities can always be expected to settle their disputes violently, while terrorizing many peaceful and innocent citizens in the process. Were the users of alcohol to blame for the St Valentines massacre in 1929? Of course not! It is just as naive to assume that one can compel all the users of Marijuana or Cocaine to simply quit, as it is to assume that all the users of Alcohol should have stopped drinking after the introduction of alcohol prohibition in 1919. 

 

Nobody can be expected to obey bad laws, like ones that infringe on logic as well as the fundamental right to decide on what medicine or poison an individual adult may, or may not, ingest. The violence and the deaths ultimately arising from such bad public policy should always rest squarely on the shoulders of those ignorant imbeciles who are responsible for implementing and supporting such foolishness.

 

Krymsun
Krymsun

For more effective impact, instead of only 'preaching to the choir', why not also share these pages of opinions with your congress-critters, both Senators and Representatives? If everyone who reads this and similar would find more articles, both pro and con, and email them and especially the comments to the legislative branch of the federal government (the only ones who can change the law), it'd have more chance of achieving the desired result.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

I think it is underestimated how much comes from Mexico. They have learned to make meth as good as home cooked, and they are growing herb as good as home grown! The dispensaries are certainly supporting murder by the thousands on the border to support the Colorado mmj hoopla and all the pot clowns.

 
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