Monday, February 18, 2013
Entrenched Entities Oppose Legal "Pot"
This is a good thing. Legalizing marijuana would be a boon for the economy, creating many new jobs from the farm to the factory to the retail sales. It would also give government at all levels access to new tax revenue from the sale of marijuana, and it would mean that hard-working and tax-paying Americans are no longer criminalized simply for enjoying use of the herb (that is far less dangerous than any other drug -- even those that are currently legal).
But it will not be easy to legalize marijuana. That's because there are several entities in our society that benefit financially from keeping it illegal. These entities are not interested in the good that can be done by legalizing the harmless drug. They only see that they would lose a stream of money (most of it from taxpayers) that they currently enjoy. And they will fight ruthlessly to keep the laws from changing.
My fellow blogger over at Thurman's SOAPBOX has listed some of these groups -- the ones that benefit the most from continuing to criminalize their fellow citizens who choose to smoke pot. Here is his list of the enemies of the common sense legalization of marijuana: