More Mysteries

So i dont get it.  The Republican dominated supreme court threw out campaign finance controls, so anyone can give as much money as they want for any candidate.  It is extremely difficult to track organized crime money (they excel in hiding their money).  So why aren’t the Mexican drug cartels pumping millions into defeating the California voter initiative to legalize marijuana?

According to one govt report, California produced and put to market about 49K metric tons of marijuana in 2009.  [This based on 5K tons being seized in California and about a 1 to 10 siezer to successful contraband ratio.] The street value of this is $500 billion dollars.  For some perspective, this is just slightly smaller than the annual US Department of Defense budget for the same year or larger than the total nation income for each country in the world, except the largest 17, from Indonesia down.

Of course no one or group gets all this money.  Thousands of street dealers and low end distributors get perhaps half of it.  But the Mexican drug cartels which are active growing in the US in national forests and other places get a huge cut of this, lets say for arguement sake 10% or $50 billion.  These came cartels have killed 28,000 people since the drug war started in its current incarnation in 2006, but the mainstream media does not report on them, because these deaths are almost all not US-americans.

Despite this tremednous amount of killing, these are not just the tough thugs simplistically depicted on television shows and action films. Some of them are high capable businessmen (and they are almost all men) who balance the deployment of bribes, intimidation of the press, coerce judges and politicans, launder money, evade US border control, manage a huge supply and distribution network and make lots of strategic decisions on how to run this complex, large and highly risky business.

Social darwinism is at work here overtime, it is not enuf to be ruthless, you need to be very clever and well suppported or you dont survive.   These guys have accountants, lawyers, media people, tech wizards, para military generals and legions of troops and more working for them.

Where are there marketing strategists?  If these drug lords were listening, these marketing experts would be saying “If California legalizes, it will crush our profits.  Americans are stunningly gullible.  For a mere $50 million (perhaps one tenth of a single percent of our gross revenues) in television advertising we can buy this election by putting up stern looking law enforcement types saying legalizing pot will mean that their kids will be on meth shortly and CA voters will get killed while driving to work by stoned motorists.”

The same advertising technology which convinced millions of Americans to buy expensive vehicles which are designed for off road use, who then never use them for this application, can be used to induce them to vote against their own best interest and vote against legalization.

The polls are tantalizingly close.  Good businessmen would not wait til the very end of the election cycle to weigh in trying to influence the electorate.  There are plenty of respectable clueless politicians who would carry the banner for them (including the all the candidates for Califorina’s governor), why aren’t they buying them air time ?

I am not complaining mind you, i just dont understand.

For a excellent table of poll results check out which i am unable to copy for some reason.

About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

3 responses to “More Mysteries”

  1. joel says :

    so I don’t know a ton about this, but I have read a few things and have a vested interest in the passing of prop 19 to legalize marijuana. I’m all for freedom, and I think there stands to be a lot of good coming from the legalizing of marijuana. Presumably, it should greatly cut down on unnecessary drug related deaths, boost the economy, chill people out, lighten up the culture, one more step towards total freedom. Short term negative repercussions could include possibly putting a lot of farmers out of work. Lots of people in Northern California, currently have the go ahead, more or less to make a living off of growing weed, places like Humboldt county allow up too 99 living plants and 3 lbs. of cured marijuana per individual, in other words, obviously far more than is needed for personal use, so basically, yes, you can practically legally make a living off of growing weed in several places in northern California, I don’t know what will happen to a lot of those people, whether or not they will still have enough of a market to continue to support their selves, but this raises the next big question to which I do not have the answer. If marijuana is legalized in California, who will have the rights to be suppliers? Perhaps, the Mexican drug cartel isn’t fighting this legalization because a chain of events is being set into motion to simply make it easier for them to continue doing what they are already doing? And if that is the case, is that worse than the current situation? I’m not that political, I don’t really know… but I am curious, what trickle down effects will come from legalizing weed. Will Phillip Morris start farming marijuana? Will I be able to buy a pack of camel purple haze? On Nov. 3rd will I be able to walk into any dispensary without a medical marijuana license and buy whatever I please? Will there be huge long lines at every MJ dispensary in California on Nov 3rd? And how long before every 7/11 in town carries weed? My best guess is that some powerful people want this prop to pass, and probably for many reasons we don’t know about, and hopefully it will.

  2. Paxus Calta says :

    When i compare the hundreds of people in N. California making a living off of growing marijuana to the tens of thousands of people being arrested (In 2009, there were 17,008 felony and 61,164 misdemeanor marijuana arrests in California, for a total of 78,172.) There is no question what the greater good is.

    Marijuana prices are crazy high because of the prohibition. We have seen with alcohol in the US and numerous other cases that economic rules do apply. If marijuana is decriminalized, this huge cash crop will be much cheaper for everyone.

    • Eric says :

      Very pleased to see that Washington and Colorado have legalized. The pro-legalization organizations should monitor the auto accident/unwanted pregnancy/violence stats in those two states in the comming years. it will be one of our best tools to persuade the undecided in the rest of the country since marijuana use will displace a lot of alcohol use in my opinion. AND all of the economic and social justice arguments need to be continually kept in the public’s vision.

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