How prohibition is making legal marijuana more dangerous
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 05/06/2015 in Medical Marijuana Laws
Prohibition claims to exist to make society safer. “A Drug Free America”, the ideology of hypocrites kissing their martinis while sneering at those who intoxicate differently. A system that creates immeasurable wealth and power to a select few at the expense of the many.
Since the declaration of the War on Drugs in 1971, drugs have become more prevalent than ever and much cheaper in the process. Transnational Criminal Organizations launder billions of dollars through ‘too big to fail’ banks while government agencies stockpile weapons, seize properties and of course, flash bang babies while they are sleeping.
Taking back the black market
The only viable solution to the drug epidemic or rather ‘the Drug War Epidemic’ we must take the source of money out of the hands of criminals. In terms of cannabis, this means legalization and regulation. Bringing the billions of dollars out of the hands of sociopaths and into the service of the public creates a much more manageable system than the current one.
A few states have gone this route and many more for medical marijuana. The results have already taken its toll on the illicit trade of cannabis as a kilo in Mexico dropped from roughly $90/kg to $30/kg. Nationwide legalization would render this crop useless to drug cartels.
Prohibition Strikes Back
While certain states have embraced legalization, the federal government still impedes them from using the banking system. This means that these dispensaries have a lot of cash on hand which makes them targets for other criminal activities.
Banks, afraid of being charged with money laundering as cannabis is still a Schedule I substance do not deal with dispensaries. They have no problem taking it from bloodthirsty criminals, but they have to draw a line somewhere right?
A marijuana dispensary is not a dangerous place to go. It’s a regular business with employees, security guards and the works. It becomes dangerous when there are piles of cash lying around where some people could see the opportunity to rob them blind.
Banking would solve this problem immediately as people would be able to use their credit cards to purchase pot, taxes would be easier to file and associated dangers would decrease dramatically.
If we would do a risk/benefit analysis of prohibition versus marijuana legalization, we would find that prohibition is the real source of concern for public safety.
It’s time we leave decade old policies where it belongs, six feet under.