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  •  I wonder if there's a connection to the private (8+ / 0-)

    prison industry in this. The War On Drugs has been lucrative for them.

    •  Now you're on to something. (5+ / 0-)

      Own the drug testing lab and the prison. What you are talking about is a vertically integrated business model!

      Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

      by Joe Bob on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 07:58:33 AM PDT

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    •  Definitely! (6+ / 0-)

      There were more than 900,00 arrests for pot offenses last year alone.

      Some prison systems have up to 80% of their populations made up of non-violent drug offenders.

      Who would you rather arrest and "guard", a violent rapist or murderer, or a stoner?

      Stoners are easy money for them, and it also has a desired side affect (in the minds of the authoritarian party) - felony drug convictions can bar people from voting, student loans, public housing, better jobs, and higher office.

      I believe this is not only a war on drugs, but a war on the people who tend to be arrested for them - minorities, students, and those with a more adventurous mindset that reject authoritarian systems (aka "liberals")

      As far as I'm concerned, many of these people are political prisoners, and this is an attempt to move them to the margins of society and prevent them from participating in moving this country forward.

      Making money off of it is icing on the cake.

      "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." - Plato

      by Bcre8ve on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 08:33:53 AM PDT

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