Since this is a post, not a novel, I’ll keep it brief…
I could write a book on this subject because, like it or not, I’m an EXPERT. I’ve been a state agent on loan to the feds (DEA, FBI), an outlaw and a Federal Prisoner. I have been through two federal trials. I have been through two state trials, including a murder trial. More importantly, I’ve sat in on many national and local law enforcement meetings on this subject.
KEEP DRUGS ILLEGAL.
The reasons are not what you may think they are.
Our government must control over 300 million people. Soon 400 million. In today’s fast paced, headache, scary world, that’s not easy to do. Education of the overall population is now very poor. We are now a minority-based nation with a vast number of people either out of work or working for low income.
And most of this will only get worse in the next several decades.
People need to let off steam – they always have – with booze, drugs, sex, entertainment. And while safe replacement drugs are and have been available for some time, i.e. for heroin and cocaine, they have never really been pushed or offered up by the US Government. Why?
The sale of illegal drugs is the backbone of the underbelly of the American economy.
People who hardly work or have small incomes count on selling "a bag" here and there to pay rent, electric bills, car payments and so on. That’s maybe 30-40 million people. They’re not big dealers; they buy and sell in their neighborhoods or among their friends and family. Weed, coke, X, so forth. Not kingpins, just poor people.
Sadly, many college students are in the same boat.
Nobody said this is a good thing, its just life. The government is well aware of this fact. So making "weed" legal or replacement drugs from doctors destroys the value of street drugs and where will these people make the extra BUCK?
That means more serious crimes would come next.
Yes, the government understands the violence around drugs, gangs, drive-bys and addiction. Their word is it’s "for The Greater Good." Sorry if you don’t want to hear this, but this is the real scoop.
Whoever told you that the government’s priority is your well-being? It’s YOUR SURVIVAL and theirs.
Going along with the above, there are more then 1,000 agencies and thousands more law enforcement agencies dependant on the illegal drug trade for their business. YES, POLICE WORK IS ALSO A BUSINESS. Why are there DUI’s? Money that’s why.
Now here’s something you aren’t suppose to know or think about folks.
The Federal and State courts take billions and billions of dollars in on FINES handed out and collected by convicting everyone from the local coke guy to doctors and investment bankers on drug cases – even banks. Guess what? None of that money is reported to the public anywhere. You have no idea what that amount is do you? Federal criminal courts are closed to TV or radio. In fact, many are simply CLOSED OFF. There are men at the doors of the court with automatic weapons to keep everyone out. Under the guise of "protecting a witness."
The third reason is employment.
As much as 25% of US jobs are dependant on these laws: prison staffs (most are privately owned now), halfway houses, millions of law enforcement officers, customs, IRS, DEA, FBI, Border Patrol, a large per cent of US Military and Navy, Air patrols, doctors, lawyers, US attorneys, local city and state attorneys, judges, clerks, staffers maintaining all the legal, state and federal buildings.
All that costs big bucks and much of this comes from court imposed fines.
They are huge, sometimes many millions per case. Remember homes, cars and bank accounts are taken in conspiracy cases and the RICO act. Even in fairly small cases. So drugs are a trillion dollar industry for all these reasons.
Now you can see why "Let’s just tax it" doesn’t work. Are you serious? That pales in comparison to what I’ve just explained.
Look, the federal government has done a great job protecting us from ourselves and outsiders. They have. That comes with a cost. Sometimes it’s part of our freedom. You lived through the best of times – the 60’s,70’s,80’s,90’s and 2000. We were blessed. Those free days will not come this way again. The world is a much different place today. Growing a population without education and a strong economy comes with a price tag. Feedoms are diminished and taken away. All "for the greater good."
Let me give you an example that’s easy to understand.
Not many years ago the US government gave Sammy The Bull Gravano full immunity to testify against mob boss John Gotti. Sammy admitted to murdering 16 people himself. Murders. A paid serial killer. Gotti was going down anyway. They freed this guy to talk "for the greater good."
But you have stood in front of a judge in traffic court and heard, "We need to make an example out of you so others……blah,blah,blah" Rules are for you and I. The government plays a different game. One of need, one of power. It’s hard to argue with them.
We are the most powerful country on the planet. We have no equal. We don’t have to pay our bills cause we have the only full military on earth. We in many ways rule this planet. I’m not saying it’s fair or right or moral. It’s just the way it is. That’s why drugs will always remain illegal and why there will be little or no effort to fix those who have a problem with them.
It doesn’t benefit the "greater good."
By the way I am on the board of Ren West in Kansas City. It’s for those who need help with drug and alcohol addiction. We run KCMO’s housing to help these folks. We get little funding and less charity. Nobody cares. Unless it’s them or a family member. Life is about trade outs. Isn’t it?
P.S. I have total respect for all our federal agencies working hard