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Asking people to give up drugs to stop the drug trade is just plain stupid

It really is pretty pathetic to continue to hear such this nonsense.

This latest moron is Adam Yamaguchi in a promo at Huffington Post for Current TV’s Vanguard.

My team decided to do this story after we’d come across a pretty startling piece of information – that Mexican drug trafficking organizations derive most of their operating profit not from heroine, cocaine or meth, but from marijuana. In fact, according to Tommy Lanier, Marijuana Initiative director at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, marijuana funds the organizations’ capacity to traffic heroin, cocaine, meth, humans, arms, and all their other criminal enterprises.

So while you may not think a little bong hit has the same impact as a hit of coke, it’s time Americans admit a recreational habit could have larger ramifications.

It might be hard to inhale, but it’s hard to ignore the connection.

First of all, is this some new revelation from the ONDCP? Or is Adam Yamaguchi that far behind the times? After all, it was the ONDCP under Walters that came out with notion that the cartels were primarily dependent on marijuana for their income. Then when we started using that as an argument for legalization, they worked exceptionally hard to walk that back and attribute it to crazy Walters pulling it out of his ass. They even got RAND and the other academics to downplay the marijuana connection in the lead up to the Prop 19 vote. So now that the vote’s over, it’s the cartels’ primary source of income again?

Second…

It takes some kind of first class idiot to believe that you can defund the cartels by suggesting that people voluntarily stop smoking pot. It’s like saying that you could eliminate all sexually transmitted diseases if people just gave up sex. True, but only happening in your fantasies.

Thus, trying to assign blame to the person taking a bong hit is delusional. Especially when you’d have to be deaf, dumb, blind, and braille illiterate (tough traits for a so-called correspondent and producer to hold) to have missed the fact that legalization would solve all those problems, and unlike abstinence, is actually possible.

Unlike Adam, the people taking those bong hits know the truth.

Adam Yamaguchi — moron of the week.

[Thanks, Don]

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19 comments to Asking people to give up drugs to stop the drug trade is just plain stupid

  • strayan

    Every-time you try and pin the blame for the horrible violence of prohibition on users, you diminish the culpability of those responsible for maintaining the status quo. It’s a dirty drug war lie that gets trotted out because it diverts peoples attention from the fact prohibition is an absolute scourge. Buying drugs is not the problem, the system that grants exclusive distribution rights to violent cartels is.

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  • kaptinemo

    “There is always an easy solution to every problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.” – H. L. Mencken

    Every time I see ‘reasoning’ like Mr. Yamaguchi’s, I think of the ‘Children’s Crusade’, and how all those wide-eyed innocents were sold into slavery by their cynical elders.

    The DrugWar’s no different; for the ‘noblest of causes’ the worst of things are done. Children are used by sharp-eyed, bean-counting bureaucrats, lawmakers, judges, cops, etc. looking to exploit the slightest edge by cynically manipulating emotions to achieve self-centered agendas. And they never fail to stoop so low as to involve those very same kids they secretly despise as part of their circus act.

    May they all burn.

  • ezrydn

    Adam seems to be stuck in Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” era. Didn’t work then, Adam, and it won’t work now.

  • Right out of the gate....

    …I have to say this about this statement.

    ..it’s time Americans admit a recreational habit could have larger ramifications.

    It only has ‘larger ramifications’ because morons like you make it that way by supporting prohibition. Now give up your prohibition and some of these problems will solve them selves.

  • pt

    What if the bong hit in question is Kush or AK-47? That should be fine, since the cartels certainly aren’t growing the goods.

  • ola

    Old Riley also made some pinheaded remark about willie nelson. he said something like everytime someone smokes pot they are giving support to the mexican cartels who kill people. he is apparantly unaware that willie’s stash may have come from texas, california, or wherever domestically, and that by buying america, they are not supporting the mexican cartels. it’s kind of like the energy independence which old riley has encouraged in the past, it keeps the money here at home instead of funding middle east strongmen. apparently he can’t keep his buy american canard straight.

  • IdiotsRule

    Yes, we should wait for everyone to stop using drugs before we can live in peace without shootouts in the streets.

  • Mike R

    I’d like to see them give up petroleum for all the evils it causes.

  • Blood is on Whose Hands? where I compare them to sick minds like wife beaters who absolve themselves while laying blame at the feet of their victims.

    And yesterday’s essay, “Moral Decay,” where I prove the real source of the “moral decay” they decry is themselves, the bullies who force their version of things on others.

    @ kaptinemo, “May they all burn.” There is no way for them to escape it. Well, the only way is to realize the truth and make up for the harms they’ve forced on the whole planet.

  • Cannabis

    Heroine, really? Just ’cause it passes the spell checker…

  • darkcycle

    Yeah, one of the little tid-bits they hide is that for every ton pot seized at the Border, there’s two tons of domestic pot being produced. While they love to play the ‘big seizure’ game, any accurate representation of the ammount of pot REALLY on the market would make it seem as if America were awash with it. And coincidentally, might give the public an accurate picture of the ineffectiveness of our drug warriors.
    For my part, I haven’t seen a Mexican Bud since 1983, and that’s not hyperbole, I remember that bag well, it was like an ounce of nostalgia. I returned to the Midwest to visit recently and found all my old ‘buds’ smoking nice quality domestic sensi. None of them would have given a bag of Mex a second look.
    Up here in the Pacific North West? You couldn’t give away Mexican brick weed. I’m under the impression that the police hereabouts would probably decline to arrest you for it, deeming smoking that shit the worst punishment they could mete out…

  • Servetus

    Speaking of people refusing to give up their drugs, new archeological evidence from Peru indicates coca leaves have been chewed by the indigenous population for at least 8,000 years.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11878241

  • NorCalNative

    Hell yeah, BONG HITS FOR TRUTH!

    I hate to say this, but America and ESPECIALLY American journalists (the corporate kind) give RETARDED folks a bad name.

    Ignorance in the service of government is a trap ONLY someone lacking in intelligence will or can fall for.

    Example? How about Henry Ass-Slinger’s congressional testimony for the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act where he sat there with a straight face and described a young man on cannabis who “pushed his hand through his skull into his cheesy brain.”

    You have to be “retarded” to believe this kind of shit. Hearst Newspapers made a great living off reefer madness, but in the end it only works because American’s are not very bright.

    I do NOT pledge allegiance or fealty to IDIOTS, and that’s exactly what our war on drugs requires in order to work.

    Just look at the pieces of work that head the DEA. The first requirement is a MUSH BRAIN and the ability to lie with a straight face, in other words a corporate clown.

    One of the key reasons I became a medical marijuana patient was that I wanted to end my relationship with the black market. The police don’t like that because it reduces their opportunities for corruption.

  • Duncan20903

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    I’ve started to tell the Know Nothings in no uncertain terms that I have no intention of giving up the enjoyment of cannabis. This isn’t even on the table for discussion as far as I’m concerned. I’ve got decades and decades of evidence that proves to me that they can’t stop me, short of murder.

    They threaten me with arrest. I tell them there’s been 1 in 33 1/4 years now. Send ’em after me. My arrest is likely the direct proximate cause of me harassing the Know Nothings with the truth.

    Marylands medical cannabis law may be rather lame, but it’s still only a $100 and I know a local lawyer who specializes in it. He got some people in PG County adjudicated under the $100 fine law. The defendants had 30 mature females in their basement. PG County is where they shoot dogs and furniture delivery guys that aren’t committing any crime, and get they cleared of any wrong doing.

    If the plan is to change human nature to end the idiotic war on (some) drugs, We may as well set out to defeat the upcoming ‘global warming/climate change/next ice age is imminent’ calamity by retrofitting the planet with thrusters so we can manipulate its distance from the sun. Too warm? Move it a little further away. Too cold? Move it closer. Everybody comfy? Leave it alone for today. Well it sure stimulated the economy if it’s not needed after all. Its a win, win, win, for all concerned from my perspective.

  • strayan

    NorCalNative you need to post here more often. That was hilarious.

  • Duncan20903

    Example? How about Henry Ass-Slinger’s congressional testimony for the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act where he sat there with a straight face and described a young man on cannabis who “pushed his hand through his skull into his cheesy brain.”

    You have to be “retarded” to believe this kind of shit. Hearst Newspapers made a great living off reefer madness, but in the end it only works because American’s are not very bright.

    H.L. Mencken said that nobody ever went broke because of underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

    You know what I find most mind boggling about his testimony in front of Congress is the fact that he wasn’t captured by the men in white suits armed with a butterfly net and a straitjacket, and subsequently committed to an insane asylum receiving ECT until his brain turned to something cheese* like. That coupled with the fact that his ‘reasoning’ actually won the day makes my brain hurt.

    How long would he last in front of the same committee and giving the same testimony? I say it would only take as long as the Capitol Hill police take to answer the silent alarm.

    *(does everyone still reading realize that headcheese isn’t actually cheese?)

    ——————————————————————————————————————-

    The law is the law, blah blah blah.

    The law is the law, la la la.

    The law is the law, ha ha ha.

    “The law is an ass.” —-Mr. Bumble
    …………………………………………………

    The phrase “the law is an ass” originates in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, when the character Mr. Bumble is informed that “the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction”. Mr. Bumble replies “If the law supposes that … the law is an ass—an idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is that his eye may be opened by experience—by experience.”

    Mr. Bumble would have made a fine pothead.

  • Snake oil....

    Mans law is only scribbles on a peice of paper. The only law that matters is natural law…those inalienable rights spoken of in the declaration of independance (more scribbles on a peice of paper unfortunatly, the only ones that matter as far as that goes).

  • Tim

    Blame the consumer… then when people laugh, ‘do we really need another drug?’… then when they laugh, scare stories about driving… then after they haven’t been paying attention because of the bad arguments, blame the consumer, then ‘do we really need another drug?’…

    The cycle is so bloody tiring. I figure maybe they figure that they might eventually win through attrition if they can get a fraction of a group over to their side every time they repeat the bs…