Pubdate: Thu, 20 Oct 2011
Source: Press Democrat, The (Santa Rosa, CA)
Copyright: 2011 The Press Democrat
Author: Robert Sharpe



Mexican drug cartels are no doubt thrilled with the Obama 
Administration's crackdown on voter-approved medical marijuana 
dispensaries ("State needs to clear smoke in medical pot law," 
Editorial, Monday). So much for change and 2008 campaign promises to 
respect states' rights. So much for jobs. The medical marijuana 
industry is one of the few job creators in the current down economy.

If Obama succeeds in destroying the domestic medical marijuana 
industry, international drug cartels will move in to meet demand and 
reap the profits. This is basic economics. As long as there is a 
demand for marijuana, there will be a supply. Replacing domestic 
growers with organized crime groups that also sell cocaine, meth and 
heroin is not a good thing. Marijuana prohibition is a gateway drug policy.


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