Over the past 9 1/2 months U.S. Border Patrollers in Tuscon have seized a record 1 million pounds of marijuana! That’s an estimated street value of $800 million! And, none of it will find it’s way into our country’s struggling economy. What’s even more sad is that one million pounds of pot is almost exactly 1.5 grams (3-6 joints) for every man, woman and child in America.
The Tucson sector covers about 260 miles of the Mexican border from New Mexico to Yuma County and is thought to be the nation’s busiest portion of the 2,000-mile southwest border for smuggling people and marijuana. Narcotics seizures are at an all-time high, while arrests of illegal immigrants have dipped to a multiyear low.
“We will continue to increase the pressure on drug and human smugglers by confronting them at every turn, including their attempts to smuggle weapons and bulk cash south of the border,” said acting commissioner Jayson Ahern, of the Border Patrol’s parent agency the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
No matter how much marijuana is seized at the border, pot is still easier to buy for high school students than beer. Keeping marijuana illegal does not benefit anyone, especially our children. It does benefit, however, special interest groups like big pharma companies, liquor companies, the prison industry, police departments, government bureaucrats, and obviously Mexican drug cartels.
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