The Unwinnable War on Marijuana
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 08/12/2015 in Marijuana Politics
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, it is incredibly simple for Americans to get their hands on cannabis. The statistics show that most people can find cannabis quite easily and it’s only becoming easier over time.
The DEA was forged with the idea of keeping ‘drugs off the streets’ and to deter any drug use, however after decades of trying…they have gotten nowhere…really fast!
Why is the War on Marijuana unwinnable?
It’s quite simple really – Supply and Demand. With roughly 30 million cannabis users in the United States, there is a huge demand for cannabis. In turn, illegal or legal markets spring up to fill the demand. Yet it is impossible for the DEA to target grow operations since they can happen virtually anywhere and at any scale.
For the most part, the DEA goes after what they can find, but in reality it is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. For every grow operation they close down, there are probably 10 micro grows in residential areas within the vicinity.
While people continue to purchase cannabis, there will always be a supply chain willing to do the heavy lifting.
The DEA was put together to regulate a ‘closed system’ such as pharmaceuticals. Pills are fabricated in one place, counted and shipped and counted again. It’s much simpler to control a system where you hold all the variables in your hands.
Cannabis is open source, meaning that anyone with seeds and some dirt and water can get to grow some cannabis. Even if the DEA by some magical means manage to get rid of all the big cannabis farms, there are plenty of people who would convert their closets into micro grows for personal consumption.
The Definition of Insanity
You can literally say that the US drug policy is “insane”. One interpretation of insanity is ‘doing the same thing over again expecting different results”. After nearly 80 years of doing the same thing over again, the DEA and the US drug policy still expects a different result.
It’s time that the government acknowledges its failures…the drug war being colossal in nature.