Legalizing Pot And Pissing Off Mexico

California recently decriminalized marijuana, making headlines nation wide.  On a side note, strange that they will legalize pot, but not gay marriage….but I digress.  On the heels of the decriminalization measure in California we see Arizona trying to pass similar legislation.

All I can say is, it is about time.  Criminalizing non-criminal behavior is morally wrong, violates the tenets of liberty, and harms our country.  Laws are revenue traps by which the government collects money from the poorest segments of society in order to meet budgetary shortfalls.  A scam.

And it seems that Felipe Calderon, Mexico’s “Presidente”, has taken issue with what California has done:

President Felipe Calderon said Thursday that a California ballot measure to legalize marijuana represents hypocrisy in U.S. drug policy for encouraging consumption while at the same time demanding that Mexico and other countries crack down on drug trafficking.

“For me, it reflects a terrible inconsistency in government policies in the United States,” the Mexican leader said late Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press.

Source

I find this strange.  I am sure he is fully aware of the complicity of US authorities in the drug industry.  We have provided logistical support and protection for drug growers all across the world, Mexico included, for decades.

In the Vietnam conflict there was Air America, where Cambodian opium was flown back to the US by the CIA.  The alleged CIA – crack cocaine connections are another good example.  But a snippet from the above link regarding Air America:

Air America allegedly transported opium and heroin on behalf of Hmong leader Vang Pao. This allegation has been supported by former Laos CIA paramilitary Anthony Poshepny, former Air America pilots, and other people involved in the war.[5]

University of Georgia historian William M. Leary claims that this was done without the airline employees’ direct knowledge (except for those employees that said they did know about it), and that the airline itself did not trade in drugs (only transported them).[6][unreliable source?]Curtis Peebles denies the allegation, citing Leary’s study as evidence[7].

In essence, there is ample evidence to support the concept that the California legalization is less about hypocrisy and more about getting policy in line with reality.

Of course, it does not surprise me to see Calderon (or the Feds) angered by this.  Decriminalization creates a cash flow problem for them.  The states rights here really work against the more clandestine segments of government, as it will put a major dent in their ability to gather money for operations without having to accept Congressional oversight (and explaining how such robust budgetary needs arose out of nowhere).

This should be interesting to watch.  The less laws we have against marijuana in the US, the more precarious the financial position of the Mexican is.  Perhaps this is part of what motivated Arizona?  Regardless of the positive impacts  legalization will have on state economies, the negative impact it will have on the ability of the drug cartels to run roughshod over the Mexican government only makes the decision that much better.

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