Police unions are also fighting legalization. As the author of The Nation article on Republic Report, local police departments have become dependent on federal funding from the war on drugs, which includes marijuana. Police unions have also lobbied for harsher penalties for marijuana-related crimes.
Legalizing marijuana could, however, hurt the bottom line of drug companies that make money off drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin. Medical marijuana to treating lower-level pain that might otherwise be treated with prescription painkillers.
Marijuana, Prohibition and the Tenth Amendment
Then there are the broader policy issues: Does Congress really want to let state ballot initiatives, which can be rife with problems, decide the future of a major drug policy issue? Is Congress really okay with the creation of another for-profit industry focused on marketing and selling a recreational drug, given the track record of the and industries? Do federal lawmakers really not want to make sure there’s at least some regulatory floor for how marijuana is grown, transported, advertised, and sold? Is Congress really going to do nothing as a giant new industry takes root in America?
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Although consumption of alcohol fell at the beginning ofProhibition, it subsequently increased. Alcohol became moredangerous to consume; crime increased and became “organized”; thecourt and prison systems were stretched to the breaking point; andcorruption of public officials was rampant. No measurable gainswere made in productivity or reduced absenteeism. Prohibitionremoved a significant source of tax revenue and greatly increasedgovernment spending. It led many drinkers to switch to opium,marijuana, patent medicines, cocaine, and other dangeroussubstances that they would have been unlikely to encounter in theabsence of Prohibition.
How a 12-Year-Old Girl Could Help End Weed Prohibition in America
National prohibition of alcohol (1920-33)—the “nobleexperiment”—was undertaken to reduce crime and corruption, solvesocial problems, reduce the tax burden created by prisons andpoorhouses, and improve health and hygiene in America. The resultsof that experiment clearly indicate that it was a miserable failureon all counts. The evidence affirms sound economic theory, whichpredicts that prohibition of mutually beneficial exchanges isdoomed to failure.
Why is Marijuana Illegal? « Drug WarRant
It's more than a little odd that [the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America] and the other groups leading the fight against relaxing marijuana laws, including the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (formerly the Partnership for a Drug-Free America), derive a significant portion of their budget from opioid manufacturers and other pharmaceutical companies. According to critics, this funding has shaped the organization's policy goals: CADCA takes a softer approach toward prescription-drug abuse, limiting its advocacy to a call for more educational programs, and has failed to join the efforts to change prescription guidelines in order to curb abuse. In contrast, CADCA and the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids have adopted a hard-line approach to marijuana, opposing even limited legalization and supporting increased police powers.
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“This is a historic day,” said Ean Seeb, a co-owner of a marijuana dispensary called Denver Relief. “This is the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition.”