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Letter: Who benefits from marijuana prohibition?

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Police groups across the United States are vehemently opposed to The Justice Department’s reformulation of cannabis policy across the country. One specious argument is that people will be driving while under the influence of marijuana.

Gee, I thought the police were trained to recognize impaired behavior.

Marijuana can stay detectable in humans for up to 78 or so days after consumption, and even then, detection of use is not evidence of impairment.

Who benefits from continued marijuana prohibition? Police departments across the country depend on President Nixon’s failed “war on drugs” for a lot of funding, including asset seizure that doesn’t always require a conviction.

“Profitized” prison corporations love having drug users in their mitts – a lot of money comes their way. Arms suppliers love selling military equipment to police departments, whose purchasing power often is enhanced by federal grants.

When Harry J. Anslinger, assistant commissioner in the United States Bureau of Prohibition, and the first head of The Federal Bureau of Narcotics, saw that Prohibition was over, he embarked on a crusade to enhance his career by demonizing marijuana. The lies that surrounded the issue are legend.

Follow the money.

Eugene Desavouret

Malta

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