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The media seems more dedicated to reporting marijuanna coming across the border than any other illegal drugs.


Wacky Tobacky is being reported on the news as it is being discovered in large quantities across the border of Mexico to the US. But why such a big deal about marijuana? It's hard to imagine the news reporting on any substance more serious than this, such as heroine, cocaine, morphine, opium or methanphetamines or barbituates from pharmacies on the deep web.

The thing I hate about what the news is doing is minimizing the truth about the actual number of drug smuggling that goes on 24/7 in the US. The level of drug smuggling of hard drugs that can actually kill you are going unreported and marijuana is being used as the placebo of drug traffic substances being pumped up as the worst type of drug in the world when in actuality, most states have considered legalizing it or at least making it more widely available to people with certain serious medical conditions. One child suffered extreme autism and the only thing that calmed that kid down was marijuana. They say it has medicinal properties.

The legalization of marijuana may or may not minimize the number of needless incarcerations of persons in possession of this substance, and focus on the real problem such as the opiates, the barbituates and cocaine and even designer drugs such as cheese, ice and extacy.

I wish they could stop overstating the significant number of marijuana incidents and get real. The way to do this would require sending special task forces to Mexico and rooting out the drug lords and essentially taking them all out.

Meantime, most pharmaceutical companies advertise medications that have tens or hundreds of types of bad side effects and they are advertised on television like candy showing happy people fishing, shopping, getting exercise and having back yard cook outs while a voice in the background tells you that some side effects could actually cause death.

The mass media effect in America is so overwhelmingly over simplified it only adds to the constant dumbing down of America and with access to internet information we all need to wake up and learn that we are being sold out to the big pharmacy organizations and being told what kind of drugs to take before we even get a diagnosis by a qualified MD with a PHD.

This and other things are why I lose sleep at night and have high anxiety.

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Kasman wrote on July 2, 2017, 4:00 PM

Drugs are big business and not just for those who produce and sell them! Call me an old cynic if you like but considering the number of law enforcement agencies and personnel employed in combating the illegal drug scene I wouldn't be at all surprised if some of them don't want to see the end of the drug cartels - that would put them out of a job!

MegL wrote on July 2, 2017, 4:45 PM

And I wonder how many politicians and big financiers actually get some kind of cut or kick back to keep it illegal. Alcohol causes far more deaths each year.

VinceSummers wrote on July 2, 2017, 5:27 PM

I'm not inclined to care one way or the other what governments do. However, alcohol-related deaths may outnumber the other kind for now, because alcohol is legal everywhere. What will happen if and when the same can be said of marijuana. Also, if both are legal, who's to say both won't cumulatively lead to even greater death levels? But as to the legalization of marijuana, it's like so many other arguments. Those in favor of legalizing something historically banned will point to fringe features of a thing in the hope it will divert attention from the major issues. Marijuana is good for eye treatments, they may decry. But are they really all that concerned about eye treatments, or because they just plain want to get high?

Kasman wrote on July 3, 2017, 3:12 PM

I don't know about the US but in the UK the possession of small quantities of marijuana for what has been described as 'personal use' is largely ignored by the police. Those caught in possession of larger quantities, however, are deemed to be dealers and dealt with accordingly. This is a recognition by the authorities that the problem of illegal drugs (or at least marijuana) is one which cannot be controlled no matter how hard we try.