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Despite the "War on Drugs" and the recent tripling of the
resources committed to it, drugs are still as available as ever.
During the 8 December 1987 hearings conducted by this Committee,
the Honorable Chairman of this Committee asked Mr. Francis A.
Keating, II, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Enforcement),
efforts in the increase of expertise, technology, and
Hearing, 8 December 1987, Select committee on Narcotics Abuse and control, House of Representatives, p. 43.
Mr. Keating was correct.
Availability is unchanged by current
The State Department reported a 25% increase in foreign
marijuana production during
Administration estimated a 50% increase in domestic production,
after eradication, during the years 1986 to 1987.
Mark Dion from
earlier Congressional testimony
estimated that as much as nine thousand metric tons of marijuana
were imported into the United States in 1986 alone.
There are indications that the government figures on
the number of metric tons available in the United States, as high
Organized Crime (1986) which noted that in 1984, the Mexican
police, in raids on only five farms, seized over two thousand
metric tons of marijuana.
This was eight times more marijuana
than Mexican and American authorities had previously claimed
being produced annually throughout all of Mexico.
what many in law enforcement will admit, if they can speak off
the record, and that is that marijuana cannot be controlled.
is a weed that can be grown anywhere.
One can grow it in her
bathtub, in his flowerpot, their outside garden or anyplace else.
actually destroyed by
a practical matter, is that which is grown wild
Eradication will not stop the people from smoking marijuana.
At present marijuana is part of an unregulated, untaxed
If allowed to surface, marijuana
better controlled and at the same time, turned into an asset to
Commission on Organized Crime in 1986 that one-half of organized
It is estimated that the domestic marijuana crop is the
largest cash crop, overall, in the United States.
estimated value of thirty three billion dollars.
this large cash crop could be used to improve our economy.
1980's, like in the 1920's, Prohibition and the application of
increased penalties increases the risk which, in turn,
increases the price and the profit.
Since the actual costs of production
remains about the same the profit margin increases.
Interestingly, Prohibition's inclusion of drugs such as
marijuana with hard drugs such as crack/cocaine and heroin, has
also contributed significantly to the prevalence of hard drugs in
our underground markets and in our society.
One can obviously
a smaller amount of cocaine at a significantly greater
value with less chance of detection than it would take to smuggle
a larger amount of marijuana of comparable value.
Drug Enforcement Administration reports indicate that
the costs of bulk cocaine in Florida has gone down dramatically
while the cost per unit on the street has remained the same.
obvious effect of this is to increase the margin of profit.
is also demonstrative of the increased volume.
an interest in turning people toward more harmful
drugs since they are easier to handle and produce easier profits.
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