Be still my heart. Associated Press reports today that California is being overrun with pot shops. Like foul sticky mushrooms, they have erupted in small shopping malls, neglected corners of city downtowns, and in-your-face store fronts. The blinking neon marijuana leaves were bad enough, but could pot growing hippies be satisfied with their 1.3 billion dollar booming businesses? Do the kind of people who open pot shops respect the law? Did legalizing pot lead to less criminality in the drug arena? With new federal activities to prosecute new drug crimes, have we really saved tax payer dollars by legalizing pot? Of course not! The pot shops have become brazen illegal drug operations where junkies can walk in as respected customers and purchase crack cocaine and other ‘hard’ drugs. Of course, they have a ‘doctor’s note in hand for the marijuana and leave with extra prizes.
Prosecutors Friday described it as the first coordinated statewide offensive
against marijuana dealers and suppliers who use California’s 15-year-old medical
marijuana law as legal cover for running sophisticated drug trafficking ventures
in plain sight.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner cited a 2009 federal study that 72 percent of
marijuana plants eradicated nationwide were grown in California.
“California’s marijuana industry supplies the nation,” he said.”
“The actions were geared toward stopping a proliferation that has led to
thousands of pot shops opening their doors across the state. The spread was
fueled partly by the Obama administration’s assurance two years ago that it did
not plan to devote federal resources to countering marijuana outlets operating
in compliance with state laws.”
“It is “a Costco, Walmart-type model that we see across California,” said Andre
Birotte Jr., U.S. attorney in the Los Angeles-area. Some people making money
from medical marijuana openly revel in what some have called “the new California
gold rush,” he said.”
“The intention regarding medical marijuana under California state law was to
allow marijuana to be supplied to seriously ill people on a nonprofit basis,”
said U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, the top federal law enforcement officer for the
San Francisco Bay area. “What we are finding, however, is that California’s laws
have been hijacked by people who are in this to get rich and don’t care at all
about sick people.”
And what is California’s reaction to this unprecedented explosion of illegal drug trafficking? Well, that too is predictable. The new industry for California is generating between $53 million and $104 million in annual sales taxes. And for a state wallowing in debt, corruption and financial ineptitude, this injection of cash is just what they need.
I don’t understand the politics of it, and certainly if we haven’t learned
anything over the past century, it’s that Prohibition does not work,” added
State Sen. Mark Leno, who has worked to safeguard and regulate medical marijuana
Is anyone thinking what I am thinking? California is exactly like a street thug who has never bothered to finish high school and thinks college is a waste of his good time. He gets frustrated at the lack of respect he receives, blames everyone else, gets angry and decides to take it out on someone. He joins a gang. Commits crimes. Blemishes his record, all the while getting poorer and poorer. Soon enough, he sees the drug trafficking business as a solution to all his woes. Pretty soon, he has brand new $200 sneakers, gold & diamond bling, and a jacked up Chevy Tahoe. It feels good. Life is good. And he will KILL to keep the easy money.
Liberalism & Progressivism lead to hell on earth, people. We need to use our common sense that God gave us. We all know that it is stupid and vastly unwise to legalize marijuana. California’s example only provides concrete evidence to what we already knew. Regular Americans need to be more confident in their own instincts. Progressives will mock you mercilessly, but they are a teeny, tiny minority with enormous mouths. They use our natural reluctance to fight and our desire for peace against us. They use their PhDs and so-called credentials to brow beat us into thinking we are ‘behind the times’ or ‘uneducated’. Stand firm, America. Use your gut reaction. These people are nuts. Stand up and don’t let them turn our nice downtowns into haunts for druggies and crime.