Last year, over 850,000 people in America were arrested for marijuana-related crimes. Despite public opinion, the medical community, and human rights experts all moving in favor of relaxing marijuana prohibition laws, little has changed in terms of policy. There have been many great books and articles detailing the history of the drug war. Part of America’s fixation with keeping the leafy green plant illegal is rooted in cultural and political clashes from the past.
However, we at Republic Report think it’s worth showing that there are entrenched interest groups that are spending large sums of money to keep our broken drug laws on the books:
1.) Police Unions:
2.) Private Prisons Corporations:
3.) Alcohol and Beer Companies:
4.) Pharmaceutical Corporations:
5.) Prison Guard Unions: Prison guard unions have a vested interest in keeping people behind bars just like for-profit prison companies. In 2008, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association spent a whopping $1 million to defeat a measure that would have “reduced sentences and parole times for nonviolent drug offenders while emphasizing drug treatment over prison.” See the details to the top 4 reasons here: The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal
For a better understanding of how our system actually works it’s good to know who else wants to keep our ineffective and ‘profitable’ drug laws the way they are:
“Last year, Wells Fargo paid a fine they could easily afford when they had purchased Wachovia bank, after Wachovia got busted laundering $110 Million dollars of drug money for foreign drug cartels. If you’re keeping score at home that means if you get busted smoking a joint you go to jail, but if you get busted laundering millions of dollars in drug cartel money you get a slap on the wrist. Now, here’s the catch, if you get caught smoking pot and go to jail, Wells Fargo will make a profit off of that too thanks to America’s growing for-profit prison system.” – STUNNING
For more details on how the banksters figured out how to flood America with illegal drugs for their own profit and then make money on the back end of the deal when you get sent to jail, make sure to read this article at Salon.com
If you’re interested in the depth of this Rabbit Hole and the psychopaths within, see the “Dillon Reed and Company: And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits” link at the bottom of: The Looting of America: Happy Labor Day
And that’s the way they role!
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