There's No Economic Crisis for the Drug Cartels

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No matter how many people are captured, killed, or incarcerated, the drugs just keep flowing. You could fill a room with academics who take turns explaining how complex the problem is, but it's actually really, really simple:

Though estimates vary, many federal law enforcement agencies and analysts believe that $25 billion in drug proceeds are smuggled out of the U.S. each year.

This compares to just $61 million seized over the past year — the $3 million blocked in banks through the Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act and another $58 million seized by border inspectors. That means authorities are halting just 25 cents of every $100 in cartel profits. [AP]

It's hard to believe that anyone is still confused about why the drug war isn’t getting us anywhere. And no, the solution is not to tell police to take more money from people's cars or pass new laws making it easier to do that. Innocent people have already suffered enough for our failure contain this mess.

The solution is to appoint more responsible people to distribute the drugs.
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Nomenclaturial positive suggestion

1. Henceforth boycott application of the word "DRUG" to cannabis or to Salvia divinorum, which are HERBS. On the other hand, a $igarette is a drug because it is especially designed to be a hot burning overdose that "murdereth sleep" as MacB would say.

2. The way to win the drug war against the $1-TRIL. nicotine $igarette "industry" is not to prohibit anything, even bootlegging, but to promote the vaporizer, e-cigarette, and long-stemmed screened one-hitters, chillums, kiserus and midwakhs "which any 14-year-old nearsighted nun can make in a garage near you".

Cannabis is certainly an herb, but it can be overused

in a way that to me justifies it also being also called a drug. I'm comfortable calling it an herb/drug, with herb definitely taking precedence. The point I would stress is that it is very rare for a cannabis use or addiction to lead to catastrophe, which makes it far less dangerous to life and limb than alcohol. That's not an opinion, it's a fact, and any advocate of alcohol supremacism over cannabis needs to squarely deal with it as they make their case that alcohol is good enough to be at the center of our culture but cannabis is so bad that using it instead of alcohol to get high must be totally banned. The law turns justice and harm reduction upside down.

Remedies for "overuse"

newage makes a good point that even an herb can be overused, but that's what I'm aiming at in the other post (above) by using narrow-guage screened utensils which make it "practically" impossible to overuse by limiting the single dosage to about 25-mg. (40 per gram). Further (which they keep erasing when I add it on Wikipedia) after each toke breathe thirty intense "W"s (in honor of the Dawgwagner) in and out of a reusable 1-liter plastic or paper sack (BreathMoistureBonnet) which (1) helps you get ALL the THC, (2) moistens the air so to protect against tracheal dry-out (T1138), i.e. smoking-related health issues blamed on the herb.

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