Is Obama a hypocrite when it comes to marijuana? What is the point of having laws that are not enforced? Is smoking weed a victimless crime?
These are the questions addressed by Glenn Beck in this interview with Andrez Rosental, the former Foreign Minister of Mexico. We seem to have undergone a 180 degree turn in legislative attitude; but have we really? From Bush and his refusal to legalize marijuana to Obama and his decision to leave the laws as they are but not enforce them in just one, quick and easy step. The result is: no change at all.
What is truly worrying is the move back towards to the violence and organised crime that was so characterisic of the US prohibition of alcohol. During the 1920’s and early 30’s, when the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol for consumption were banned but little was done to enforce the law. Consequently, the illegal production and distribution of liquor became rampant and a profitable, often violent, black market for alcohol flourished. Organized criminal gangs corrupted law enforcement agencies, leading to racketeering and stronger liquor surged in popularity because was more profitable. Ringing any bells yet?
The truth is, the rerun of those days has already begun, with deaths from drug violence in Mexico doubling between 2007 and 2008. Mexican cartels currently sell $13.8 billion worth of drugs into the US each year, $8 billion of which comes from marijuana alone.
As Beck so lyrically puts it – it really is time to crap or get off the pot.