Jacob Sullum notes that the opponents of legalization in the recent California hearing appeared less than well-prepared.
This one was really outrageous..
Sara Simpson, acting assistant chief of the state Justice Department’s Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, said much of California’s major marijuana cultivation is run by Mexican drug cartels on remote public lands, and she recited a litany of violent and deadly clashes with armed guards at such sites. Such growing operations also are environmentally devastating, she said, and produce marijuana far more potent than that used just years ago. There’s no reason to believe the cartels would adhere to state laws on cultivation, potency and taxation any more than they adhere to prohibition now, she said.
Jacob does a fine job of debunking the stupidity…
The point is not the “the cartels” would suddenly start behaving like good corporate citizens but that they would be driven out of this particular business by open, legal competition.
… but what boggles my mind is that we should even have to debunk this.
Maybe I’m just naturally intellectually superior to most of the rest of the world, so I have a hard time understanding that their minds are incapable of grasping some of these basic notions related to legalization.
Or Sara Simpson is a moron.