Tuesday, March 03, 2009
BO's bad decision for Mexico!
President BO and AG Holder need to reconsider their position on marijuana dispensaries in California. (Administration officials are hinting that the DEA's raids on medical marijuana sellers will likely end)
Why? Because it will have unintended consequences on Mexico's cartel war.
Mary Anastasia O'Grady is editor of the "Americas," a weekly column in The Wall Street Journal.
This is her column today:
A Stimulus Plan for Mexican Gangsters: Obama's promise not to crack down on medical-marijuana use raises the stakes for traffickers!
This is the issue:
"At a press conference last week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder indicated that President Obama would keep a campaign promise by ending federal raids on medical marijuana dispensaries.
This means that the weed will remain illegal to transport and sell -- and thus highly profitable for criminals -- but there will be fewer repercussions for those who use it in states with liberal marijuana laws.
The administration says it wants to end federal infringement on the rights of states.
But the consequence of the policy change will be stealth legalization -- which will create the worst of all worlds for countries like Mexico that are asked to fight supply.
It seems unlikely that Mexico will welcome this new U.S. policy at a time when it is paying so much in blood and treasure to fight the drug war.
In a meeting at his office in Mexico City three weeks ago, Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora filled me in on his three-year-old battle with the cartels.
Marijuana is a big part of the problem."
On the issue of marijuana, we see another one of those unintended consequences of "change".
What's the bottom line? We won't prosecute marijuana but still keep it illegal.
This is the best outcome for the cartels. Demand goes up, prosecution goes down, or stealth legalization.
What does that mean for Mexico? More dead people.
Let's hope that Pres BO "reconsiders" another campaign promise! We should keep the policy under Pres Bush.