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August 27, 2009

GREAT RESULTS OF THE WAR ON DRUGS

Denver Post - More than 14,500 marijuana plants were found in Pike National Forest near Deckers. Federal and local agents also discovered a rifle, piles of discarded garbage and propane tanks on the pot farm, which was the size of a football field. It could be the largest marijuana-growing operation ever found in Colorado. Two suspects, both illegal immigrants from Mexico, were arrested. Authorities have seized nearly 20,000 marijuana plants from national forest land in Colorado this summer, part of an apparent expansion of growing operations funded and run by international drug cartels. . . Drug cartels, believed to be based in Mexico, are expanding into national forests to avoid the difficulty of moving marijuana grown in Mexico across the border. To maintain control, they import workers from that nation who spend months living in the forest monitoring the plants, authorities said. But finding and catching them is difficult. Currently, 29 rangers oversee more than 14 million acres of forests and grasslands in Colorado. Each ranger must monitor an average of 500,000 acres each.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Legalize all drugs

August 28, 2009 1:30 AM  
Blogger m said...

"Currently, 29 rangers oversee more than 14 million acres of forests and grasslands in Colorado. "

If all they do is search for victimless behavior, then there are 29 too many rangers.

August 28, 2009 2:36 PM  
Blogger Antinomian said...

Debaters debate the two wars as if Nixon’s civil war on Woodstock Nation didn’t yet run amok. One needn’t travel to China to find indigenous cultures lacking human rights or to Cuba for political prisoners. America leads the world in percentile behind bars, thanks to ongoing persecution of hippies, radicals, and non-whites under banner of the war on drugs. If we’re all about spreading liberty abroad, then why mix the message at home? Peace on the home front would enhance credibility.

The drug czar’s Rx for prison fodder costs dearly, as lives are flushed down expensive tubes. My shaman’s second opinion is that psychoactive plants are God’s gift. In God’s eyes, it’s all good (Gen.1:12). The administration claims it wants to reduce demand for cartel product, but extraditing Canadian seed vendor Marc Emery increases demand. Mr. Emery enables American farmers to steal cartel customers with superior domestic product.

The constitutionality of the CSA (Controlled Substances Act of 1970) derives from an interstate commerce clause. This clause is invoked to finance organized crime, endanger homeland security, and throw good money after bad. Official policy is to eradicate, not tax, the number-one cash crop in the land. America rejected prohibition, but it’s back. Apparently, SWAT teams don’t need no stinking amendment.

Nixon promised the Schafer Commission would support the criminalization of his enemies, but it didn’t. No matter, the witch-hunt was on. No amendments can assure due process under an anti-science law without due process itself. Psychology hailed the breakthrough potential of LSD, until the CSA halted all research. Marijuana has no medical use, period.

The RFRA (Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993) allows Native American Church members to eat peyote, which functions like LSD. Americans shouldn’t need a specific church membership to obtain their birthright freedom of religion. Denial of entheogen sacrament to any American, for mediation of communion with his or her maker, precludes free exercise of religious liberty.

Freedom of speech presupposes freedom of thought. The Constitution doesn’t enumerate any governmental power to embargo diverse states of mind. How and when did government usurp this power to coerce conformity? The Mayflower sailed to escape coerced conformity. Legislators who would limit cognitive liberty lack jurisdiction.

Common-law must hold that adults own their bodies. The Founding Fathers decreed that the right to the pursuit of happiness is inalienable. Socrates said to know your self. Lawmakers should not presume to thwart the intelligent design that molecular keys unlock spiritual doors. Persons who appreciate their own free choice of path in life should tolerate seekers’ self-exploration.

Simple majorities in each house could repeal the CSA. The books have ample law on them without the CSA. The usual caveats remain in effect. You are liable for damages when you screw up. Strong medicine requires prescription. Employees can be fired for poor job performance. No harm, no foul; and no excuse, either. Replace the war on drugs with a frugal, constitutional, science-based drugs policy.

August 28, 2009 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

m,

Actually the rangers are supposed to do things like catch timber poachers. But how can rangers keep and eye out for logging companies that decide to cut a few extra acres beyond their allotment, when the rangers are sent off trying to find pot growers.

August 29, 2009 11:03 AM  

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