The drug war was officially announced in 1971 and has survived for nearly half a century since then. Richard Nixon declared the drug “public enemy number one.” However, his original intention of proposing this concept is far from protecting “public health.”
As everyone knows, Nixon used the drug war as an excuse to disperse protests and silence his opposition. Of course, until he was impeached and ousted.
The lie bubble for the American people is, “We will make America Drug Free!” The idea is to use law enforcement methods to suppress distributors and consumers and make them act like a “deterrent.” However, the problem is that law enforcement agencies have followed the “easy” goals: consumers and minorities, leaving only the “big fish.”
The lie sold to the American people is, “We want to get rid of drugs in the United States!” The idea is to use law enforcement to crack down on dealers and consumers, effectively acting as a “deterrent.” However, the problem is that law enforcement only focuses on “easy” targets-consumers and minorities-and- and miss the “big fish.”
It is not the focus of this article to talk about why DEA and similar institutions have allowed these Big Fish to thrive. Instead, we study the war on drugs in 2020 and judge the current situation based on the proposed War on Drugs purpose.
Usually, when the concept of “Border Patrol Agents busted tons of weed” is mentioned, most people will automatically think that it comes from Mexico. This assumption is not wrong because many cannabis in the US market comes from Mexico, and weeds need to be imported from South Africa despite the legal market.
However, since the Coronavirus outbreak, we have seen the emergence of trends, showing us more information about the international illegal cannabis market.
There is evidence that weed imports from the northern border have surged. From early March to June 27, the authorities confiscated 19,000 pounds of buds. According to relevant departments, the total value is more than US$30 million.
Why does the bud increase?
There are two reasons for the increase in illegal cannabis activities. The authorities believe that the reason for the increase can explain: COVID-19.
Due to the drastic reduction in travel, law enforcement officers inspect more trucks, which may lead to higher bankruptcy rates.
However, another reason the authorities believe that more cannabis comes from the north is Canada’s cannabis system. Since the “free market” or merchants who always sell marijuana prohibited from independently growing and selling weeds, many weeds are floating around.
Because individual states in the United States still insist on their drug wars, the value of cannabis in these banned states has increased. More importantly, people nowadays prefer to buy higher-priced and higher-quality flower pots than low-quality, high-quantity buds.
Therefore, Canadian cannabis is much more than Mexican marijuana, mainly because Canadian growers spend time and energy to do the correct reproduction. In contrast, Mexican growers usually do not separate males during growth, compress the buds to brick-status, and Usually does not affect the quality.
Are there more drugs after the drug war for half a century?
In 1971, hemp consumed, but it has not been consumed in large quantities. Most people are temperate. However, since the war on drugs, the price of drugs has risen, and it has inspired cartels to use the system. They were risking their freedom and life to get abundant rewards.
The increase in cannabis shipments (especially in times like COVID-19) shows that the war on drugs has failed and has become the cause of the growth of drugs. The more prohibited the use of a specific substance, and the increased risk of being caught, the more the product’s price will continue to grow.
For the past fifty years, we have been using a single method to solve drug consumption. Contrary to the “Drug-Free America” slogan touted by “Drug Warriors,” the United States has paid more attention to drugs than ever.
Legal drugs such as alcohol, opioids, and tobacco have caused more deaths among Americans than all illegal drugs combined. Fast food kills more Americans every year than all illicit drugs combined.
In fact, in 2018, 67,300 overdose deaths were reported in the United States, mostly due to opioid-related drugs [illegal and prescription].
As for other drugs, the death toll that year was slightly higher than 10,000. However, to fight these deaths, the US government will spend US$2-30 billion this year to continue the war on drugs.
This article is issued by Cannabis.Net.