Here Are The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal:
1. Police Unions: Police departments across the country have become dependent on federal drug war grants to finance their budgets. This federal drug money is a drug they just can't seem to give up!
2. Private Prisons Corporations: Private prison corporations make millions by incarcerating people who have been imprisoned for drug crimes, including marijuana.
3. Pharmaceutical Corporations: Like the industries listed above, pharmaceutical interests would like to keep marijuana illegal so that United States' citizens don't have the option of cheap and effective medical alternatives to their over priced products.
4. Prison Guard Unions: Prison guard unions have a vested interest in keeping people behind bars just like for-profit prison companies. I guess there is nothing like having job security!
5.Alcohol and Beer Companies: This is where most of the push back against marijuana originates. They have the money to pay trusted and respected prostitutes in high positions of authority.
*The war on drugs, especially marijuana means employment and financial security for all of the aforementioned groups involved in supporting and financing the war on this mostly harmless plant . These companies have spent millions bankrolling pro-drug war politicians and have used secretive front groups, like the American Legislative Exchange Council, to pass harsh sentencing requirements for drug crimes. Believe it or not, alcohol and tobacco companies have also contributed financially to the war on marijuana, in order to beat back and stamp out any competition that would cut into their obscene profits. See: The Byrd Group, a lobbying firm that is very active in Washington DC.
The nerve of a corporation that manufactures alcoholic beverages for public consumption lobbying to keep an almost harmless substance such as marijuana illegal. Meanwhile, the alcohol that they sell to consumers is legally supported, promoted, accepted, encouraged, advertised, commercialized and sold to US citizens and other nations of the world. These same alcohol advocates are supposedly outraged whenever drunkards get loaded, get on the road and kill somebody with a vehicle, get out of jail a week or two later so they can drink, drive, wreck, damage, injure, maime, embarrass themselves and kill all over again. The punishment for these repeat offenders pales when compared to what a marijuana user/possessor receives. The prison industry has seen fit to give many marijuana users life in prison sentences, even though they probably did not kill or injure anyone. In many cases, murderers will get out of prison faster than marijuana users and sellers, what a bss aackward situation!
Meanwhile, binge drinking in this society is also on the rise. It somewhat overlaps with social drinking since it is also done in groups, but binge drinkers often encourage each other to drink as much as possible. A binge on alcohol can occur over hours and can last up to several days, or in the event of extended abuse, it can last for weeks. Due to the long term effects of alcohol abuse, binge drinking is considered a major health issue.
As a teenager, I witnessed many, many, many interactions between alcoholics and their enablers- it was nothing nice but that is a whole other book, which I hope to write in the very near future! In my humble opinion, since alcohol is legal then every other so called harmful drug should also be legal so that they can be regulated and controlled just as the US government took the initiative to regulate and control alcohol- thereby ending violent and destructive alcohol prohibition in 1933. Seems that some people just refuse to learn from their own history or they conveniently overlook it!
Besides destructive behavior, participants run the risk of alcohol poisoning. Yes, alcoholic beverages are naturally poisonous substances, as in the following statement: "The man died of alcohol poisoning." I have never heard anyone state that some person died of marijuana poisoning, maybe it's because it is not a poison! Rather than deal with this plant head on, corporations have been allowed to create and produce a synthetic marijuana that is said to be unsafe for consumers??? One way or another, you will pay for everything you get. Just make sure that whatever you get is really what you wanted and was worth paying for!
Yes, alcoholic beverage consumers and alcoholics in general, find it necessary to spend good money to poison themselves slowly more often than not, or indulge in that one last drink or series of drinks that will send them to the great here after, where ever that is! Even though tobacco use is down in the US, many are still hooked on cancer causing cigarettes. A lot of those people work in the health care industry.
I wonder what does this drinking of poison and smoking cancer sticks say about the paying customer(s)?
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