How’s that Zero Tolerance Policy Working Out?

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Cannabis

So we learn that marijuana is the largest cash crop in the U.S., having grown at least tenfold in the last 25 years – from 2 million pounds in ’81 to 22 million pounds now (and by some estimates, 50).  California is the leader in both indoor and outdoor production, to no one’s surprise.

And here’s what the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has to say about these figures: "Coca is Colombia’s largest cash crop and that hasn’t worked out for them, and opium poppies are Afghanistan’s largest crop, and that has worked out disastrously for them.  I don’t know why we would venture down that road."  Do you think they’d have more credibility if they stopped trying to convince kids that pot’s just like heroin and cocaine?

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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).
  • Also in Greenbelt, MD, writing the e-newsletter and serving on the Board of Directors for the cooperatively-owned music and arts venue and restaurant called the NEW DEAL CAFE.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. It is ridiculous how much money is spent to “attempt” eradication of marijuana production in California. Perhaps that money should be used to eradicate the crank producers who are truly criminal and harmful.
    Present policy promotes increased production because of artificially high wholesale prices and forces production into wildlands with attendent damage to that environment.
    As all of us realize who live through the “60’s”, pot never made people dangerous just stupid.

  2. There’s not a single original thought in the following reply but here goes: this country brings in an enormous amount of money each yr on the legal sales of alcohol and nicotine, drugs that kill thousands of people each year and reduce the quality of life for millions. Imagine what we could do with tax on legal pot! We could build hundreds of new hospitals to care for the thousands of broken and maimed men and women who are coming back from Iraq. We could station border patrols along every inch of the Mexican AND Canadian borders. We could build and staff schools to help poor/disadvantaged kids learn to read, giving them a much greater chance of escaping the cycle of poverty.

    So that’s my rant and I’m sticking to it!

  3. Well, at least in Santa Monica, we passed Measure Y — and some other Cali cities have passed similar laws, making marijuana law enforcement the dead last priority for police. Some more of those, and hopefully we can get rid of the ridic marijuana laws altogether —

  4. Well, at least in Santa Monica, we passed Measure Y — and some other Cali cities have passed similar laws, making marijuana law enforcement the dead last priority for police. Some more of those, and hopefully we can get rid of the ridic marijuana laws altogether —

  5. Thanks to Green Harvest measures in Hawaii where your house and land could be seized and auctioned off, the price of pakalolo has risen higher than the price of gold.

    Many people turned to the much cheaper drug Ice or Cyrstal Meth. This drug is highly addictive and terribly destructive physically and mentally. Burglary and theft crimes have risen dramatically. Families are permanently destroyed and people die.

    That is how the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has worked out for us. Thank you very much. Prohibition didn’t work out very well either.

  6. Seems to me that Afghanistan and Columbia have done very well by their cash crops–especially since the efforts of the US has tightened the market and made their exports even more valuable. If anyone could grow these plants, as they did 100 years, the need for highly refined and more dangerous derivatives would lessen.

    I agree with Pam J. above–I’d rather we taxed the sale of drugs than waste tax dollars trying to enforce prohibition. Our country currently has more people behind bars than any other country in the world (including repressive China with its larger population). Main cause? Stiff mandatory sentences for drug violations. What a waste of our money!

  7. I just found this on Rick Anderson’s Whispering Crane Institute blog:

    “It’s a good thing I had a bag of marijuana. If I had a bag of spinach, I’d be dead by now.” -Willie Nelson

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