I’m writing about Ervin Dargan’s thoughtful letter, “Let States Decide on Medical Cannabis” [Xpress, July 16]. Marijuana is the linchpin of our so-called war on drugs. Remove marijuana from the equation and the whole drug war will collapse.
The so-called war on drugs is a huge industry and huge bureaucracy. Victory in the drug war is not possible, nor is it the goal. Victory in the drug war would mean that the drug-war industry and bureaucracy are out of business.
There are basically two types of people who support the so-called war on drugs: those who make their livelihood from it—including politicians and bureaucrats who are probably on the payroll of the drug cartels (Al Capone had hundreds of politicians and prohibition officials on his payroll); and suckers.
Suckers include taxpayers who have bought into the lies and propaganda of the drug-war industry and bureaucracy; people who are willing to deny liberty and freedom to others but think that their own liberty and freedom will never be in jeopardy; people who believe that criminalizing a substance will make it go away; people who think that drug prohibition somehow protects children; people who think that giving criminals control of dangerous drugs somehow protects children and our society.
Suckers even think that they live in a free country—although the United States is the most incarcerated nation in the history of human civilization.
— Kirk Muse