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  •  "Legalizing Pot" (8+ / 0-)

    Simple isn't it. Deny the drug cartels money from our streets, and put our "war on drugs" money to better use. Sometimes there are very simple, easy to do, solutions to very complex problems.

    As to the Mexican government reforming its police and legal institutions -- not so much, at least not while these institutions are awash in cartel money. If we legalize pot, on the other hand, and staunch the flood of cash to the cartels, these institutions may be able to transform when free of narco money.

    As to hard drugs. Keep controlling its cultivation and importation. Poppies and coca bushes are cultivated in very select places, and relatively easy to get to, unlike hemp which is a weed that can grow virtually anywhere on the globe.

    I would legalize the use of hard drugs by certified addicts at government controlled treatment centers, however, and even supply it for free -- if only to keep them from busting into grandma's house to pay for their next hit. And these treatment centers would be available to addicts who would rather try to beat the addiction than continuing with it.

    “I’m able to fly, do what I want, essentially. I guess that’s what freedom is — no limits.” Marybeth Onyeukwu -- Brooklyn DREAMer.

    by chuco35 on Fri May 03, 2013 at 10:54:04 AM PDT

    •  Simple, regrettably, it is not. (0+ / 0-)

      As things stand, theUN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, to which we are signatory, mandates that cannabis be maintained in the "most restricted" class of drugs in signatory nations.

      Article Six of the US Constitution states

      This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
      So I don't see a way to call it "legal" w/o renegotiating the Convention- which is , while certainly do-able, not gonna be a simple matter. Too many interested parties.

      Making enforcement of the laws that are on the books a last priority- that's simple.

      •  Certainly a lot more do-able (2+ / 0-)
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        Calamity Jean, Praxical

        than winning a war of prohibition, or Mexico bringing the cartels to heel through transformation of its legal institutions. And while it might be hard to accomplish, legalization is certainly a more simple concept to understand, than how we can end demand for drugs in America, how we stop the flow of guns to Mexico, or devising and executing a successful strategy to defeat the cartels.

        “I’m able to fly, do what I want, essentially. I guess that’s what freedom is — no limits.” Marybeth Onyeukwu -- Brooklyn DREAMer.

        by chuco35 on Fri May 03, 2013 at 01:00:48 PM PDT

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      •  Again, the "UN SIngle Convention" (9+ / 0-)

        is bullshit forced on the UN by the US.

        And it's a treaty.

        HAH!

        Treaties are broken all the time, except this one, of course, the Most Importantest Treaty EVAH.

        That horseshit can be changed with a goddamned vote and a pen.

        God didn't write it: fucking asshole politicians did. Its a fake concern.

      •  Yes ... and no. (1+ / 0-)
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        Hammerhand

        The US can denounce the treaty.  I'm not up on my UN legalese, so I don't know if this is effectively a withdrawal, but if a sufficient number of signatories denounce it then it self-destructs.  See Article 46.

        The mere threat of the US denouncing the treaty would probably be enough to force renegotiation if we still wanted the treaty to exist in some form.  

        Finally, the treaty is very ... loose in its language, like most UN treaties are, and the parts of the treaty that refer to cannabis and opium allow for the legal production of both.  The treaty's about eliminating the -illicit- trade and manufacture of drugs.  The language about controls and such are mostly either reporting requirements or so nonspecific that a written admonishment to violators, or a $1 fine, or something similarly nonsensical, could serve as 'enforcement'.

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