Jacob Sullum notes the absurdity: U.S. General Complains That Marijuana Legalization Makes Latin American Officials Less Eager To Join The War On Drugs
General John F. Kelly:
Weâ€™ve been encouraging these countries to be in the drug fight for 25 years. The levels of violence that our drug problem has caused in many of these countries is just astronomical. And so when we talk about decriminalizing, the example I would give you is the two states that voted to decriminalize marijuana, or legalize marijuana. Most of theâ€¦countries I deal with were in utter disbelief that we would, in their opinion, be going in that direction, particularly after 25 years of encouraging them to fight our drug problem in their countries and, you know, in their littorals. So thatâ€™s kind of where they are on it. Theyâ€™re very polite to me, but every now and again when theyâ€™re not so polite, the term hypocrite gets into the discussion. But frankly, the crime rate is so high in many of these countries and the fact that they see us turning away from the drug fightâ€¦Theyâ€™re starting to chatter a lot about, â€œWell, why donâ€™t we just step back and let it flow?â€
The general’s statement is its own parody, and hardly requires much debunking (although Sullum does that as well).
NEW YORK (TheStreet) –Has Colorado’s reckless decriminalization of marijuana opened the floodgates to all kinds of chaos and iniquity?
You might be forgiven for thinking that, if you read this widely-syndicated Gannett story entitled “Feds worry that drug cartels are moving into Colo.”
But the story offers no evidence of a link. Quoted in the story is Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which, the story tells us, is connected to the White House National Office of Drug Control Policy.
“Our intelligence tells us, and all indications are (drug cartels) are going to move in if they haven’t already,” Gorman says.
In a subsequent radio interview Gorman continues to engage in scare tactics, saying Colorado marijuana retailers could easily end up being victims of extortion.
The article points out that Gorman later backtracks on his statement (not that anyone was really buying it).
Freed notes: “The whole scare campaign seems so ham-handed, frankly, it recalls-well-the War on Drugs: a ham-handed campaign that is way past its expiration date.”