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Old August 12, 2006, 08:47 PM   #90
Rich Lucibella
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One thing a lot of people don't think about when it comes to "harmless" drugs like Marijuana is what's involved in bringing it into the country. Come down to the AZ/MEX border where we arrest violent drug smugglers who we frequently get into gunfights with.
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Thanks for what you do on the Border....honestly. But this is persactly my point about "visceral and emotional" argument. It's also myopic, without reference to the lessons of history:

Q: Why aren't they getting into gunfights with LEO's to smuggle tobacco and alcohol shipments?
A: Because tobacco and alcohol are legal.

Q: Why were they getting into gunfights with LEO's during Prohibition?
A: Because alcohol was illegal.


Some of the major benefits of legalization were proven after repeal of Prohibition....legalization takes all profit and incentive from organized crime; it allows us to do away with entire bureaucracies of enforcement; it allows thinly stretched, Good Men like you to focus on REAL crime, like Human Smuggling.
Rich
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