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  •  If the war on drugs (3+ / 0-)
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    Actually focused its energy on the supply side of actual dangerous substances, instead of the demand side of pot, it could accomplish something.

    Background checks are really a burden on the supply side, not the demand side.

    •  With drugs the demand side is (0+ / 0-)

      the larger issue.  Same with guns.  Unless you have a willing and solvent buyer, your product has no intrinsic value.  

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 07:49:18 AM PDT

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    •  I'm genuinely curious (0+ / 0-)

      Exactly how should we be focusing on the supply side?
      Should we be invading Mexico where they make the meth?
      Canada where they make the Ex?

      Invading Afghanistan ( where they make the opium) hasn't seemed to help much.

      How would this work?

      •  IMO, the only way to focus on the supply (0+ / 0-)

        side is to legalize everything but hard drugs. If say marijuanna was legal, legitimate business could compete w/the criminal, or the criminal would turn legit to compete.

        "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

        by StellaRay on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 08:40:54 AM PDT

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        •  If marijuana was legalized here today (0+ / 0-)

          The cartels would lose $8 billion/year.

          Immediately.

          The US Federal Government defines the violence in Mexico as "a success of drug war policies" because the US federal government makes money off 'fighting drugs'.

          They like the situation EXACTLY like it is.

          •  Well, I can't think of any major (0+ / 0-)

            politician crowing over the success of the drug war at this point in time. Pretty much crickets as far as I can hear. And I'm curious---how does the US Government MAKE money off fighting drugs? Last I looked millions have be SPENT to no avail.

            "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

            by StellaRay on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:39:44 PM PDT

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    •  War on drugs is a profitable scam. (0+ / 0-)

      That's why it functions as it does.

      Background checks are no-brainers and I am unsure what words I spoke that would indicated to educated liberals that I am against background checks.

      it's really annoying.

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