Illegal Marijuana is Deadly

It seems Texas has a bill before its legislature to decriminalize marijuana. Interesting the bill has been introduced in one of the nation’s most conservative states by one of its more conservative legislators.

I seriously doubt, though, that Texas (or any of our border states) will decriminalize marijuana. Legal marijuana is significantly less harmful than legal alcohol, but illegal marijuana is deadly. That’s why it lies at the very heart of the US War on Drugs.

Illegal marijuana and undocumented firearms are the leading causes of the genocide occurring South of our border with Mexico. Illegal marijuana and undocumented firearms are problems we own. We are responsible.

We don’t know for sure how harmless legal marijuana is, but new reports from Colorado and Washington indicate it’s hundreds of times less harmful than legal alcohol. Probably less harmful than a whole bunch of legal substances. A Colorado study found that drivers who’d used marijuana had a 5% higher chance of being involved in an accident, whereas drivers who’d consumed one alcoholic beverage increased their chance of by hundreds of percent. ¬†Hmm.

We do know, absolutely, that illegal marijuana (as opposed to its legal counterpart) is destroying countless lives and causing thousands of tragic deaths in Mexico. More than 20,000 unsolved murders and “enforced disappearances” per year in Mexico are attributed to drug cartels who derive half of their income (a conservative estimate) from selling illegal marijuana in the US (and who obtain nearly ALL of their firearms through undocumented transfers in the US).

But if we take away the money then we destroy the enemy – and without an enemy we have no need for our war machine.

The United States’ illegal marijuana and undocumented firearm transfers are causing genocide in Mexico. We are responsible.