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  •  There were judges who were sending juveniles (8+ / 0-)

    to jail, iirc, in Pennsylvania. And they were getting a bounty from the private industry industry for each one they sent.

    Too lazy to look up the links now, but I'm sure this kind of thing goes on more often than we'd want to think.

    As far as ending the War on Drugs: a) big pharma has spent billions (and quite a bit of that on politicians) to develop THC-based medicines and patents. b) Black Ops for our various secret police agencies get part of their hidden funding through the drug trade, and c) the banking system depends in great measure on the illicit flow, which I'm sure also wets bankers' beaks quite thoroughly, d) it imprison blacks mostly, and Latinos next, and poor whites third, so the system is working as intended.

    There's no mystery as to why the War on Drugs* which has clearly failed by any rational criteria, and failed for decades, continues.

    *(except if you are a Banker laundering large amounts of drug money)

    If Republicans said every 3rd person named "Smith" should hang, we'd bargain them to every 7th. Then we'll see apologia written praising this most pragmatic compromise. There's our losing formula.

    by Jim P on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 09:28:24 PM PDT

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