that guy in AZ Wrote:But we need marijuana! Since Illinois declared it legal, people bought it up like crazy, and now there is a shortage. If this government weren't so stupid, they'd take the drugs and people hauling them to a tax station, make them pay the federal tax on the stuff, and distribute it to states where it's legal. Our federal government is just so damned dumb. Your point of legalizing it is well taken!
I received an email today from Paul Gosar, the Tea Party/Freedom Caucus member of Congress from Arizona's 4th district - the most conservative district in the state.
He included an article from the Daily Caller (which is NOT a reliable source of information) that claimed the Tohono O’odham Nation that was complaining about the destruction of their sacred land being caused by Trump's wall were actually heavily involved in drug trafficking - so I double checked their claim from a reliable source - NPR.
As it turns out, the story is true.
This year, law enforcement agencies expect to seize as much as 800,000 pounds of marijuana crossing one stretch of border in southern Arizona that runs through the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation. That's $1 billion worth of pot, and the Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that only about 20 percent of what's coming across is caught.
Over the past five years, tribal members have been involved in 30 percent of all drug cases presented to the U.S. attorney in the region.
Sgt. David Cray with the Tohono O'odham Police Department said that the local tribe members will pick up drugs that have crossed the border, and take them to Tucson or Phoenix. While he doesn't condone the activity, Norris says the temptation to get involved with smuggling is great. Poverty is widespread, and unemployment is the norm for the Tohono O'odham.
"You wave five grand in somebody's face and say, 'All I want you to do is drive this vehicle from this point to this point, and here's $5,000 to do it,' " says Norris.
Drug smuggling from Mexico is a huge problem, but Trump's wall is not going to stop it. After the government built fences in San Diego, drug smugglers turned to the ocean, underground tunnels and, most commonly, the ports of entry. Last year more than 90 percent of the drug seizures happened in the port of entry, where millions of cars drive into San Diego from Mexico every year.
The BEST way to reduce the flow of marijuana from Mexico is fairly easy. All you have to do is legalize the stuff nationwide, and increase funding for the Tohon O'odham tribe to make their lives a little easier. Naturally, the Republican Party would never agree to that idea, and it might even be a tough sell if the Democrats controlled all three branches of the government.
But it still make sense.