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Want to Defuse the Mexican Border Problem? Legalize Marijuana

By: Jane Hamsher Friday July 23, 2010 9:44 am

I was on MSNBC talking about the schism among Democrats regarding Arizona’s new immigration law and the Justice Department’s response. Obama is worried about his plummeting poll numbers among Hispanics (down 12 points this year), while Arizona Congressional Democrats are worried about being voted out of office.  But nobody is talking about pot.

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When asked about it by Dylan Ratigan, I said that everyone discussing the “immigration problem” was ignoring the elephant in the middle of the room: marijuana prohibition. It’s channeling millions in drug money into the Mexican cartels, and  represents 60% of all cartel profits. That money gets used to finance violence not only at the border but in over 200 cities across the United States where they currently have a presence — up from 100 cities three years earlier.

Phi Beta Iota: Everywhere else smart people are realizing that human muscle can be substituted for oil and solve employment problems at the same time.  The amount of muscle–especially black muscle–that we have put into prison over marijuana is a crime against humanity.  America desperately needs an honest transpartisan/postpartisan approach to harnessing the distributed intelligence and muscle of the Nation; we can start by legalizing marijuana, commuting all possession sentences, and giving every single unemployed person an infrastructure job that does not require Halliburton to be anywhere in the picture.