Here Are The Top 5 Special Interest Groups That have been Influencing the government to keep Marijuana Unlawful:
1. Police Unions: Police departments all over the country have become reliant on federal drug war money to finance their drug war. This federal drug money is a habit they just cannot seem to relinquish.
2. Private Prisons: They make many millions of dollars by incarcerating citizens who have become jailed for so called drug war crimes, including marijuana use.
3. Pharmaceutical Companies: Like the aforementioned industries listed above, pharmaceutical interests would love to continue to keep cannabis illegal so that US citizens do not have the option of acquiring cheaper and effective medical substitutes to their costly drugs.
4. Prison Guard Unions: These unions also have a secured interest in keeping people in jail, just like for-profit prison corporations. I suppose there is nothing like having job security in this modern workforce era!
5. Beer and Alcohol Companies: This is where most of the fight against marijuana originates. They have used their finances to pay powerful, if not trusted and respected political prostitutes in high positions of authority to do their bidding(s).
*The war on drugs, mostly marijuana sometimes called Cannabis Sativa or just Cannabis, equates to continued jobs and financial security for all of the aforementioned groups involved in supporting and financing a battle on this mostly harmless natural plant . These companies are spending many millions financing pro-drug war politicians and are using secretive front groups, like the American Legislative Exchange Council, to push through unreasonable sentencing requirements for drug crimes. This may be hard for you to believe but alcohol and tobacco companies have also invested financially to keep the war on marijuana going, in order to vanquish and stamp out any rival drug that would slice into their already obscene profits. See: The Byrd Group, a lobbying firm that has been very active in the nation's capital.
What gumption of corporations that produces and distributes alcohol for public consumption, lobbying to keep a mostly non toxic substance such as marijuana on the black market. In the meantime, the alcohol that they push to consumers is legally supported, promoted, accepted, encouraged, advertised, commercialized and sold to US citizens and other countries of the world. These same alcohol advocates are supposedly outraged when drunkards decide to get loaded, get on the highway and run over somebody with a car or truck, get out of jail a week or two later so they can drink, drive, wreck, injure, maim, damage, embarrass themselves and kill again. The deterrence for these repeat offenders dims greatly when compared to what a marijuana dealer gets. The prison industrial complex has seen fit to give many marijuana dealers life in prison sentences, even though they most likely did not kill or injure anyone. In a lot of cases murderers have gotten out of prison quicker than cannabis users and sellers. What a messed up situation!
Meanwhile, binge alcohol chugging in this society is on the increase. It overlaps with social drinking since it is also done in groups, but binge drinkers often push each other to become uncompromising alcohol gluttoning zealots. A binge on alcohol can occur over many hours and can last several days, or in the event of prolonged abuse, it can last for weeks. Because of the long term effects of alcohol abuse, binge drinking has long been considered a major health hazard.
When I was a teenager, I witnessed many, many, many interactions between alcoholics and their supporters- it was nothing nice to behold but that is another book and chapter, which I hope to write in the very near future! In my humble view of things, since alcohol is legal then all the other so called criminal drugs should also be legalized so that they can be regualted and taxed just as the United States took the initiative to regulate and control alcohol- thereby ending violent and destructive alcohol prohibition in 1933. Seems that some people prefer not to learn from their own history or they conveniently forget it!
Aside from destructive behavior, alcoholics run the risk of alcohol poisoning. Yes, alcoholic beverages are naturally toxic substances, as in the following statement: "The woman died of alcohol poisoning." I have never heard anyone suggest that someone died of marijuana toxicity, maybe it's because it is not a poison! Rather than deal with this plant straight up, corporations have been allowed to create and produce an artificial marijuana that is noted as being unsafe for humans???.
Yes, alcoholic beverage consumers and alcoholics in general, find it of utmost importance to spend a lot of money to poison themselves slowly more often than not, or indulge in that one last drink or chain of liquor concoctions that will send them to the existence beyond earthly life, where ever that is! Even though tobacco use has decreased across the United States, many people are still hooked on cancer causing cigarettes and tobacco products. A lot of those people have occupations in the health care industry.
I wonder what does the indulgence of drinking poison and puffing and inhaling cancer sticks say about the paying customer(s)?
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