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Took a crack?

Took a powder… swing and a miss.

Chris Trakas

New Yorky, NY

Aug 26 2010 - 7:55pm

Starve the cartels to stop their murders

One hundred and thirteen billion dollars is spent on marijuana every year in the United States and because of the prohibition all of it goes straight into the hands of criminals. According to the ONDCP, two-thirds of the Mexican drug cartel's money comes from selling marijuana here, and they protect this cash flow by brutally torturing, murdering and dismembering thousands of innocent people. Instead of preventing people from smoking, the prohibition creates zero legal supply amid massive and unrelenting demand—this is where the cartels get the incentive and ability to pay their hitmen. If we can stop people using marijuana, then we need to do so now, but if we can't, then we need to legalize the production and sale of marijuana to adults, with after-tax prices set too low for the cartels to match. One way or the other, we have to force the cartels out of the marijuana market and eliminate two-thirds of their income—no business can withstand that!

Jillian Galloway

Atlanta, GA

Aug 26 2010 - 2:11pm

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