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Friday, February 21, 2014

Marijuana Legalization Raises Fears Of Drug Cartels

Sam Walsh sets up marijuana products at 3-D Denver Discrete Dispensary on Jan. 1, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Theo Stroomer/Getty Images)

Sam Walsh sets up marijuana products at 3-D Denver Discrete Dispensary on Jan. 1, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Theo Stroomer/Getty Images)

The legalization of recreational marijuana sales in Colorado may be a win for the state’s tax revenue, but it is also edging out the illegal marijuana markets, including the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.

According to a 2012 study by the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness, legalization in Colorado will cost cartels $1.425 billion annually.

While Washington state’s legal market is burgeoning, the study says it would cost cartels $1.372 billion. The legalization in these two states would push the cartels’ annual revenues down 20 to 30 percent, and cut revenue to the Sinaloa Cartel by 50 percent.

On Nov. 21, federal agents raided more than a dozen legal medical marijuana facilities and two private homes. The Denver Post reported these raids have possible ties to the Colombian drug cartel.

Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, believes legal marijuana shops are at risk of being targeted by Mexican and Colombian drug cartels. He joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to explain.

Interview Highlights: Tom Gorman

How foreign cartels could get involved with legal marijuana sales

“This is the perfect storm, because from the Mexican cartel standpoint, you have a quasi-legal business operating in the United States, which is illegal in other places, so there’s a real high demand for Colorado marijuana throughout the United States. One of the primary weapons of a cartel they use to make money is, one, selling drugs, and the other one is extortion. So it’s real easy for them to come in and look at these retail stores that are making hundreds of thousands of dollars and say, ‘We want a piece of the action.’ That’s one concern. The other one is using some of these organizations to take marijuana. Well, you don’t have to worry about crossing the border, but sending east, where most of our marijuana goes to — using these as a vehicle for doing that. So that’s our big concern.”

How foreign cartels might intimidate legal U.S. pot sellers

“They’re treacherous, and there’s no way when they show me a picture of my little girl walking to school that I am going to go to law enforcement, worrying about my family or my safety or blowing up my shop or whatever it is. I mean, they’re just treacherous. They have no morals. They do what they need to do to make money, so how do I combat that? I’m not gonna go to the cops. There’s no way I’m gonna go to the cops.”

On the amount of marijuana that previously passed through Colorado

“In 2012, we tracked interdictions that are reported, and that’s voluntary reporting, and we were able to identify about three and a half tons of marijuana that was going out of Colorado to other states, particularly east states. So that has to be some of what they’re counting for, and you have to assume, of the three and a half tons, how much did we miss? The estimates are we probably missed about 80 percent, whatever, because stops are random.”

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  • Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, part of the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Transcript

ROBIN YOUNG, HOST:

Well, the huge amount of revenue coming in to Colorado is no surprise to Mexican officials. According to a 2012 study by the Mexican Institute of Competitiveness, legalization in Colorado will cost cartels $1.4 billion annually. Washington state's legal market is also burgeoning. The study says it would cost cartels $1.3 billion

The Mexican study shows legalization in these two states would push all the cartels' annual revenues down 20 to 30 percent and cut revenue to the Sinaloa cartel by 50 percent. And officials, including our next guest, are concerned cartels, who already work with street gangs in Colorado, will not stand by and let that happen.

Tom Gorman is director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, that's a state and federal drug trafficking organization. Tom, welcome.

TOM GORMAN: Thank you.

YOUNG: As to that question, because we immediately thought of history after Prohibition. Gangs fought over the now legal sale of alcohol. What, if anything, are you seeing happening in Colorado?

GORMAN: Our biggest concern, Robin, is this, that this is the perfect storm because from the Mexican cartel standpoint, there is a real high demand for Colorado marijuana throughout the United States. One of the primary weapons of a cartel they use to make money is, one, selling drugs, and the other one is extortion.

So it's real easy for them to come in and look at these retail stores that are making hundreds of thousands of dollars and say we want a piece of the action. That's one concern. The other one is sending east, which most of our marijuana goes to. So that's our big concern.

YOUNG: Well, this is not Mexico; it's the U.S. It's hard to wrap your brain around that working. I mean, wouldn't somebody here just say you can't extort me, this is a legal business, I'm just going to go inform someone about you?

GORMAN: You know, Robin, you've heard (unintelligible) about the cartel. They're treacherous, and there's no way when they show me a picture of my little girl walking to school that I am going to go to law enforcement, worrying about my family or my safety or blowing up my shop or whatever it is.

I mean, they're just treacherous. They have no morals. They do what they need to do to make money. So how do I combat that? I'm not going to go to the cops. There's no way I'm going to go to the cops.

YOUNG: Well, what are officials there seeing? There were the raids on November 21, targeting some dispensaries, warehouses, homes, grow operations. We hear agents gathering evidence to prove that cartels are coming to the state, maybe not just strong-arming places to get a cut of the action but also using legal marijuana businesses as a front.

GORMAN: Yeah, I mean both those things are absolutely right. The investigation you're talking about and some of the other things, obviously I can't comment because they're ongoing, but there was some information that was - the press got a hold of tying it to a Colombian cartel.

YOUNG: Well, and this is a cash industry in Colorado right now. Banks have been afraid of doing business because they are still afraid of the federal law, which makes marijuana illegal. But there's been some movement on opening it up so that they can do business with these dispensaries. Meanwhile it's cash. Cash can be used to launder other cash.

GORMAN: Absolutely right, absolutely right.

YOUNG: How much of the legal marijuana in Colorado do you think is going to leave Colorado?

GORMAN: I can't tell you for sure. I can tell you I think in 2012, we tracked interdictions that are reported, and that's voluntary reporting, and we were able to identify about three and a half tons of marijuana that was going out of Colorado to other states, particularly east states.

So that has to be some of what they're accounting for, and you have to assume, of the three and a half tons, how much did we miss? You know, the estimates are we probably missed about 80 percent, 70 percent, whatever, because stops are random.

YOUNG: So, but Tom Gorman, you are also on the record as a staunch opponent of legalizing marijuana. What do you say to people who say these are scare tactics, that cartels are not coming here?

GORMAN: You know, Robin, I'm not going to use scare tactics. I didn't say it happened. I say it's a perfect storm, it's a good opportunity. But even if that never happened, I am still against legalization because of the negative, I believe, negative impact it'll have on our society, and particularly our teenagers.

And here's my message, Robin. You've got Colorado and Washington that have done this, they've legalized it. And you know what? It's a done deal. In two to four years, you'll be about to decide for your state do we want this same thing for our state, or do we not. These are two experimental labs. This will end the argument once and for all with data and facts and not rhetoric and supposition.

And so I'm sorry it happened in Colorado; they will pay a price for it, and in Washington. Everybody else, hold back, watch, and then make an informed decision.

YOUNG: Tom Gorman, director of Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. Thanks so much.

GORMAN: OK, Robin, you take care.

YOUNG: OK, and of course we will continue to watch and follow this story. You're listening to HERE AND NOW. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


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  • loyal listener

    Thank you for doing this story about one of the many downsides of legalized marijuana, If we had a legitimate President who did his job (enforce federal laws) and took his oath of office seriously, we wouldn’t even need to have this discussion. And that goes for the corrupt Attorney General, too.

    • Jack B Nimble

      So let’s see….. the downside of legal marijuana is that it will piss off the cartels? I do believe that’s an upside since one of the objectives of legalization is to force the cartels out of the picture. The more states that legalize, the more they’ll be forced out. I would say that the federal govt’s job here is to assist the legal industry in eliminating the cartels. And by the way, the govt is between a rock & a hard place here because CO & WA are perfectly within their rights to legalize & regulate under the tenth amendment. The federal govt doesn’t even have the resources to enforce the CSA since they depend upon the states to do that….. which CO & WA now won’t do. All perfectly legal under the tenth amendment. There is nothing that the federal govt can do about CO & WA legalizing & regulating. The supremacy clause won’t help them here since CO & WA did not set up a positive conflict with federal law, they simply won’t enforce it leaving the DEA & the feds to enforce it themselves. Good luck with that.

      • KENSAI

        Exactly, the states have the right to govern themselves…a constitutional right! It is time for the feds to admit that and put some of the authoritative power back to where it belongs.

      • Duncan20903

        The remaining sycophants of prohibitionists are morons who actually believe that if things were different, they’d be exactly the same. I think that the actually believe that the only difference that re-legalization of cannabis would make to the retail supply chain is that those participating won’t get arrested. They simply do not have the native intelligence required to understand that the idiotic nonsense presented in the instant article is just a bunch of baseless hysterical rhetoric.

        I’m not much worried anymore. Their arguments have moved so far into fantasy land that they’re simply not going to convince anyone except those with a hollow place in their skull where most people keep a working brain. My advice is to invest a lot of money into the manufacture of flip flops and loafers because there’s no way that those people have the ability to learn how to tie their own shoelaces.

        It really is very sad. While they don’t deserve it, we should still be generous and give them our pity.

    • Zachary Turgeon

      Everyone in government who believes marijuana should remain illegal is corrupt. They are the ones who don’t take their oaths of office seriously. You’re in the minority when it comes to marijuana, loyal listener. Never forget that.

      • loyal listener

        Your comment is very bizarre. Go smoke another doobie, and don’t call me when you get schizophrenia and lung cancer.

        • Zachary Turgeon

          If I’m a “doobie” smoker and I’m better informed than you, what does that say about your lifestyle? I bet you still think homosexuality is a sin.

        • Dusty Relic

          It’s not that bizarre. Zachary is talking about a gang of jack-booted thugs. These people routinely confiscate the property of private citizens without a warrant or a trial, they burst into citizens’ homes and kill their dogs without bothering to apologize if (oops!) they break into the wrong house and kill the wrong dog, they lie and cheat on a regular basis to trick people into breaking the law and they refuse to acknowledge the reams of science that support normalization of cannabis use by adults. They have trampled our constitution, terrorized our population, and tossed vast numbers of our young people in jail. They then have the hypocrisy to call cannabis dangerous when it is they who are the true dangers to our society. They are truly a cesspool of corruption and they are no better than the cartels upon whom they are mutually dependent for their livelihoods.

        • 2 can play that!

          Go get drunk, and don’t blame anyone but yourself when you attempt to beat your wife, but instead she busts your in your wussy eye, and then you fall asleep in your own vomit.

    • Haters Suck!

      We do not than k you for your prohibitionist pleasure taking in trying desperately to find flaws with the legalization of this natural plant you hate so much.

      If you would stop hating on marijuana users then we wouldn’t even have to bear listening to your angst.

  • Susan

    I find the guest Tom Gorman’s recognition and empowerment of the Mexican Drug Cartel here in the United States disturbing. These people have no power here and should not be given power by anti legalization proponents as a means of putting fear in US distributors. The legalization of Marijuana in the US is a first step to eliminating these thugs from our landscape. Tom Gorman needs to assess why the Drug Cartel is threatened and what the alternative is if Legalized marijuana goes away. As seen during the prohibition era the illegal alcohol flowed until it was legalized.

    Mr. Gorman needs to quit fear mongering and watch as our new legalized marijuana system develops. It is the best alternative to what we currently have in place – overcrowded prisons and the Mexican Drug cartels influence.

    • Dusty Relic

      I am disappointed that someone in his position cannot draw the logical conclusion to his arguments, which is that if legalization threatens the drug cartels then the war on drugs must be a boon to them. This is something literally everyone in the USA outside of government understands intuitively!

      • KENSAI

        I think its becoming self evident that we need new people in our government.

  • Jay

    so would we rather let the cartel do what they want to do vs kicking them back to their own country?? Wouldn’t this fall under the federal jurisdiction? Wouldn’t it make sense to just make it legal in general as whole then where and why would there even be an underground market

  • markt1147

    Tom Gorman’s argument has logical flaws. Asserting that if legal marijuana continues, then cartel violence or threats will consequently happen too, therefore legal marijuana is not good.

    The problem with this reasoning is that it avoids engaging with the issue at
    hand, and instead shifts attention to baseless extreme hypotheticals. The merits
    of the original argument are then tainted by unsubstantiated conjecture.

    It’s basically scare tactics so he can keep his funding. Follow the money.

    • Dusty Relic

      If you listen to what he says carefully you will come to the realization that he is on the same side as the cartels in this debate. He must feel so honored!

      • KENSAI

        You see it, too-huh?

  • Matthew Cunningham

    1934 Hollywood sweet marijuana https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjdETBXwDo8

  • PhilDeBowl

    The only thing that makes a common herb valuable enough to create violent drug cartels and corrupt government is the governments prohibition of it.
    Grow your own,Share.

  • Dusty Relic

    I cannot understand how this interviewer let this guy get away with making the intellectually flawed argument that we shouldn’t legalize marijuana because it will make the cartels unhappy.

  • saneperson

    Budweiser, and Coors also concerned. Mexican cartels at their door. Those anyone with an IQ of over 50 take this article seriously? And how many jobs is the DEA about to lose?

    • KENSAI

      You actually have a good point.

    • Vincent Van Halen

      If the DEA were willing to fight the real enemy, the cartels, they’d keep their jobs. But that would be too dangerous.

  • Fake Name

    Tom Gorman can’t even think past the end of his nose. He didn’t even challenge his own thoughts and think of the consequences of what he asserts. He is either a moron… or he is trolling. Either way…. GT FO

    • KENSAI

      Or a little bit of both!

  • Trevor Foreplay

    Mexican drug cartels don’t have the balls to try to bring an actual gunfight into the heart of the U.S. That’s why they have yet to do so. They may be smart enough to try to get a grip on the money being made but they won’t come here and get involved in combat with U.S. cops or our military. Border patrol, Texas Rangers, and numerous other agencies have gotten in several gunfights and haven’t lost nearly as many men as the cartels have. As a member of the U.S. military, and a police officer, I stand ready to protect our nation from these assholes. They may THINK they intimidate us but they don’t…

    • AnnOnaMice

      You aren’t quite aware of the reality in terms of where the cartels operate, which cities (such as Chicago) that they outright OWN, how many tens of thousands of “soldiers” they have operating in many cities, or the amount of politicians and law enforcement that have literally been put in their pockets in the last 25 years alone.
      All that, coupled with the fact that the US government actually HELPS the Sinaloan cartel against it’s rivals in the US and Mexico means they don’t need to bring their fight here, we have to fight to get them, and their stacks of money, out.

      They already OWN the government.

      • Duncan20903

        AnnOnaMice, you’re foaming at the mouth. Again. You need to report to the nurse’s station for your medication or Nurse Ratched is going to put you back in the straight jacket. You know how she gets when the inmates annoy her.

    • KENSAI

      I stand with you!!!!!!!

    • PhilDeBowl

      Want to eliminate the marijuana black market ??, legalize MJ and allow adults to grow their own.

  • jontomas

    The author, Gormin, makes his money in the drug task force business. They and the DEA are always coming up with bogus excuses not to re-legalize marijuana. This one is typically ludicrous.

    Al Capone and friends were equally as ruthless as the drug gangs today. When we were ending alcohol prohibition, nobody was worried the ex-bootleggers were going to muscle their way into the legal alcohol industry. And I never heard of it happening.

    Americans can be pushed just so far. They wouldn’t put up with that for a minute.

    • Dusty Relic

      I am constantly surprised at how far you really can push Americans. There will come a point when we say ‘Stop!’ but most Americans are not that indignant about this. Yet.

  • KENSAI

    People like Tom Gorman is overwhelmed by propaganda filled ignorance. Do people like him realize they are going to have to lock up- roughly, 54% of the nation if they are seeking their kind of justice for “everybody engaged in this activity”. Does he even realize he is supporting oppression of the American peoples will? A bigger question is do they even care, of course not!!
    I believe his way of thinking is- you should submit to their ideas- whether you like it or not and everybody will get along fine.

    People like him will try to scare you into submitting, try to beat you into submitting, lie to you to get you to surrender, and even endanger your loved ones safety to further their political agenda- after all this is WAR!!! People like him, we called ‘NAZI’ in 1944. Do not let them trick you into giving up your freedom in the name of security people- its not worth it!

    Stop the war crimes against our fellow citizens- END THE WAR on WEED!! Anti- freedom lovers are the only ones that could possibly still want to persecute, prosecute and prohibit the will of it’s very on people. 54% in favor of legalization!!

    You know it gets quite obvious- our great nation has finally evolved from a democracy to a true socialism, when the will of a few.. control the actions of the majority!

    Shame on you, TOM GORMAN and people like you for trying to scare people into giving up their rights. Shame on you, TOM GORMAN for fitting the same mold as men like HITLER and calling yourself a patriot to the red, white, and blue.

    • Duncan20903

      Tom Gorman says, “It’s a free country as long as you do as you’re told!”

  • Jane Peters

    People should just grow their own.

  • Ray

    Now that is a job for the Feds to get rid of the cartels regardless if they are here because of legal marijuana. I guess what the author is saying is that when alcohol prohibition was stopped the police had more power to get rid of the mafia than the police nowadays. I think the police wouldnt like that line of thought as I am sure police work has improved since the 1930′s.

    • Duncan20903

      You don’t need to worry Ray. The claims of cartel involvement are pure fiction. It’s surprising that there are people who are able to read and write the English language who would fall for such utterly bizarre nonsense.

      • jontomas

        The nature of corruption is it exists primarily in the dark. For a good view underneath the ice burg, see Catherine Austin Fitts’ excellent article: “Narco Dollars For Beginners.” – keeping in mind that while Fitts employs cocaine because it best suits her metaphor, FBI statistics show marijuana sales comprise 80 percent of all “illegal” drug transactions.

        http://www.ratical.org/co-globalize/narcoDollars.html

        “The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government.”

        - William Colby, former CIA Director, 1995

        • Duncan20903

          Yeah right, the fact that we can’t see them is evidence that they exist. Now that’s just genius. Of course every single piece of prohibitionist “evidence” is invisible.

          Toodles!

    • jontomas

      There you go. Great idea! – There’s something for all the police to do once they no longer spend their time persecuting millions of good Americans who prefer near harmless marijuana over very harmful alcohol.

  • Duncan20903

    Mr. Gorman, I completely disagree with your very bizarre point of view. But I admit I could be wrong so I’d like to give you a chance to ‘splain it to me. Could we get together for a friendly discussion over a glass of bathtub gin at your local Capone’s Speakeasy? Just let me know when it would be convenient for you.

  • Angusomy

    What? Competition is good. And they are not used to real American capitalism

  • JamieLowell

    The ‘War On Drugs’ created more of the same activity it was intended to defeat including a tremendously lucrative black market for cannabis, enjoyed by the same Cartels discussed here. To create a regulated production and distribution system, is the way to achieve over-site of where the cannabis comes from and where it goes. Young kids and children lose easy accessability and the Cartels are left with an infrastructure that is too competitive to compete against that produces legitimate economic development opportunities and tax revenue.

    • PhilDeBowl

      How many times has government created an “enemy” so they could justify their war ??

  • James Pherris

    We’re in the last days of cannabis prohibition and the drug warriors are desperate. Gorman spouts nonsense and Patches Kennedy gets booted from performing his freak show at a local hospital. Quite likely RI’s legislators will legalize it this summer and reap the massive tax revenue. It’s a new day.

    “It’s morning again in America. Today more men and women will smoke out more than ever before in our country’s history.” =)

  • DLaun

    Until Someone in our Government Removes Cannabis from the controlled substances list, (Obama Can do it Today! But is Wimping out) We are going to Continue to have problems with it crossing State Lines, Anyone that thought it would NOT cross State lines has their head buried DEEPLY Up their ass! Demand you FOOLS!!! They go where the “Market” is.
    All that needs done is to “Remove” it, Which will NOT actually “Legalize” it completely at the Federal Level, But the “Removal” will clear the way for the “States” to decide, Then “Congress” can decide what to do about the pesky 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.
    Re-Legalization IS going to Happen – Get over it!!!!

  • Matthew Cunningham

    The dilemma is that AG Pam Bondi has the power in her own signature, she can reschedule cannabis in Florida

  • Matthew Cunningham

    I Blame it on Poncho Villa if he had not disrespected the rich gringos Randolph Hearst and brother Andrew and Richard Mellon. They must of hated that marijuana song La cucaracha or that when Andrew was secretary of the treasury his signature for one year was on the 1914 Hemp bill.

  • MikeParent

    We’d all be better off if the police focused on crimes that have actual victims!

    Does anyone honestly believe that wasting $20 Billion and arresting 3/4 Million Americans annually for choosing a substance Scientifically proven to be safer than what the govt allows, is a sound policy?

  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, and 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…

    love and freedom forever

    AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

  • JIMMYLIMO

    Shame on you, Tom Gorman, for making these implied threats against the children of dispensary owners !!! You are a fear monger and an a-hole to the nth degree !!!

    • Oldtimemoonshine

      big time fear mongerer

  • Mile Hi Dave

    More nonsense “sky is falling” scare tactics, same old crap they’ve been feeding us for years now, yet we never hear of these “arrests” that have produced 7000 lbs??? I live in Colorado and, I am sure, with all the news agencies we have, heard about it. The shops most recently raided had nowhere near that much product! Instead of throwing out these crazy numbers, why not provide some details as to where this product was seized and how much was weighed. anyone can just make up a number!!! Soon, very soon, funding for cannabis prohibition will dry up, then clowns like Gorman will have to do some real work, as most other drugs are not as easily found, cannabis gives itself away. NO, Gorman prefers to continue the lies. What’s worse. is that there are still people that believe the lies!!!

  • Bill Williams

    Oh, this crap is rich. I haven’t even heard of this sort of thing happening ONCE. If we don’t have some other kind of defensible madness to cause us to fear the spectre of pot smoking … let’s create one! Tom Gorman, you are such a fearmonger!!!

    Anti-pot drug-enforcement people will say anything, do anything, to keep marijuana from being legal … while they sit at home sipping on their scotch or bourbon or whatever, and light up their cigars and cigarettes. (In Gorman’s case, I’m going with what we call in the South, “Chawin’ Tobaccy.”)

    Pssst: Marijuana is the devil’s drug. One hit, and you’ll be worshiping Satan, performing animal sacrifices, and drenching yourself in snake blood. And going insane. And killing people. And doing heroin.

    ENOUGH! It’s time for all of us to stand up and say ENOUGH of the lies, enough of the fear-mongering, enough of the BS. We see through all of it, and we’re sick and tired and aren’t going to take it anymore.

  • Joe Ratley

    I’m taking Boston NPR station 90.9 WBUR to task for their headline here. Most “uneducated” readers of this headline would assume that it means Good Herb legalization and Drug Cartels go hand in hand, that somehow M-legalization would benefit drug cartels, that Drug Cartels are in favor of M-legalization. WBUR, are you still in the pockets of the Koch Brothers? Now THERE is a cartel for you. I’m just some Okie from Muskogee, yes indeed, but I’m not such a rube as to take this type of biased “journalism” with a grain of salt. This stuff is bovine excrement and makes me wonder if this is what you’re smoking. PS: Beat Texas!

  • guy

    Seems to me the cartels don’t need to strong arm local business. Given the cash only nature legitimate store fronts would be all to welcoming of the ‘security’ they could provide.

  • DonQuixote

    Mindless speculation with zero evidence.

  • Del Horton

    Yup..legalizing booze destroyed Al Capon line of work.
    More stupid fears from those that make money from keeping the less educated scared.

  • Brion Eduardo

    90.9 WBUR is nothing more than a propagandistic mouthpiece for prohibitionist bottom-feeders, and your embrace of the sensationalism characteristic of yellow journalism rightly inspires anger in anybody who has active brain cells.

  • Angusomy

    This is a steaming shovel full of ……..nonsense

  • Brian Kelly B Bizzle

    This is a crucial time in the history of ending Marijuana prohibition for good. Prohibitionists that work in the media will continue to post fluffy propaganda filled so-called “news articles” at a feverish pace as they know they are
    losing the battle to keep Marijuana illegal! I encourage everyone to STAND UP
    FOR MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION NATIONWIDE!

    Let the voice of reason and truth be heard over their propaganda filled lies.

    Prohibitionists feebly attempt to manipulate the media in order to brainwash the public into believing Marijuana being illegal is a good thing. Don’t let them deceive
    ignorant folks whom believe everything they read or see on the news. This is
    our time. Do all you can for the cause!

    An easy way to do you part for Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is to Google news search “marijuana legalization” (without the quotes), then filter the
    results by within the last year, newest first, or or use the Google search link
    below: bookmark, and then please comment on propaganda filled articles and help
    keep the public informed and educated:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=legalize+marijuana&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS547US547&oq=legalize+marijuana&aqs=chrome.0.69i57j0.11922j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#q=legalize+marijuana&start=0&tbm=nws&tbs=sbd:1

    Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching MUCH SOONER than prohibitionists think and there is NOTHING they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

  • George Atterberry

    Cannabis will be legal in every State. Then the Cartel’s money and power will plummet.

  • http://joewatchestv.blogspot.com/ @JoeWatchesTV

    Blah blah blah, people will come up with any excuse to diss legal marijuana sales. Sorry about your moral compass being screwed with! Not really, I’m lying, I don’t care about your morals, only mine.

  • MikeParent

    I guess you could recriminalize it and guarantee that Cartels will control it after alcohol prohibition was repealed, all the black market dealers were replaced by honest business people

  • Rich Cook

    Since the anti-legalization people are running short on facts, they have to manufacture fear, uncertainty and doubt to support their idiotic War on Drugs, responsible for the USA having the highest incarceration of any nation in history.

  • Stephen Voss

    The truth of the matter is Mexican drug cartels will sell drugs that make money. Where Marijuana is legal it isnt as profitable. More potent American grown marijuana is already starting to replace the lower quality mexican product and the wholesale price has plummeted.

  • smiff

    Solution: legalize

  • rdm

    One thing is for sure, the Cartels already have taken over in supplying every illegal State in the nation with high grade marijuana. They’re using Colorado and California as a front to make it appear as if it’s Colorado and Cal. grown. They were ready for this the minute Colorado became legal. They already had their foot in the door.

    • rdm

      Drug Cartels and Government sleep in the same bed. Why do you think the Feds. are leaving Colorado alone to do their thing? It’s an excellent opportunity to make billions of dollars.

  • Vincent Van Halen

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Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

August 29 Comment

World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’

This weekend's competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

August 29 Comment

Repelling Mosquitoes With A Natural Sticky Patch

The Kite Patch releases odors that block the bug's carbon dioxide receptors, sending them in another direction.

August 28 Comment

Catching Up With The Polyphonic Spree

The choral rock band out of Dallas, Texas, has been thrilling audiences with its live performances for over a decade.

August 28 5 Comments

‘Enormous’ Growth Of Ocean Garbage Patch

The oceanographer who discovered the floating island of trash in 1997 says he's shocked by how much it's grown.