pvolcko wrote:You'll note I said illegal pot imports. Anything that's being imported from another country that is going to be legally sold in any state in the country should have to go through normal customs processes and perhaps get some random FDA testing. Anything coming in or going out that isn't going through legal channels is still illegal and needs to be prevented, just like any other product (particularly medicinal or food type products).
All normal stuff for intercountry and interstate commerce. What's the problem with that?
Nothing wrong with that. We do that anyway in re Chinese bootlegged DVD's, Rollex watch knock-offs, Levis... etc.
Since the federal ban on pot would be lifted, & so much pot be would be available legally, I don't think there would be much call for illegal importation anyway. An adult could walk into any CVS & just buy it over the counter, taxed like cigarettes & relatively cheap.
Sounds like a Win/Win situation to me. (of course the state would want to tax it too, so I can't see many states wanting to keep it illegal)
Now.....Why not use this model for all drugs? (criminalizing them does not work, so what's better:
1. Keeping them illegal with high street crime rates, murder, full prisons, huge law enforcement expenditures for victimless crimes, backed up courts, etc
2. Legalizing them & having a few self destructive people killing themselves with drugs AFTER they have paid us tax money to get them, but not having to rob you at gunpoint to afford their fix? (if these people didn't kill themselves with drugs they would do it with alcohol, Twinkies, being "Couch Potatoes" or any number of other ways to kill themselves that are none of my business....or yours.
Another great benefit, & one that most DEA Agent's would love, would be refocusing all the anti-drug law enforcement assets we have into using them to concentrate on real crimes...ie terrorism, murder for hire, white slavery, etc...etc
DEA especially, by the nature of the work they do, is probably the best cadre of undercover & surveillance operatives that exist in the world. Most law enforcement organizations only come in AFTER the crime has been committed to investigate who did it & bring the perpetrators to justice. DEA has to actively get involved in all phases of the crime...ie planning.... execution ...aftermath ie laundering the money gained from the crime. THEREFORE, of necessity, DEA Agents must be expert at posing as criminals & infiltrating criminal organizations & gaining the confidence of gang members to fight them from the inside, where their actions are the most effective.
Probably the most effective way of fighting terrorism, which since 9/11 has become our nation's top priority.