A massive marijuana grow connected to a Mexican drug trafficking organization was raided in Oregon, resulting in the seizure of over 6,500 plants. Monte Stiles explains why drug cartels are emboldened by drug legalisation.
Commentary by former DA Monte Stiles.
The seizure of a massive cartel marijuana operation in the mountains of Oregon this week reveals the absurdity of one of the primary arguments used to dupe the general public and politicians.
The pro-pot crowd claims that legalization will eliminate the black market. Instead, the legalization of marijuana allows the pot industry to aggressively advertise and market a crude street drug and 100s of additional products containing extremely high levels of THC. The marketing of these products, and easy access to unlimited supplies, expands the customer base for marijuana and normalizes its use. As a result, the pot industry is free to openly advertise, manufacture, process, transport, and distribute massive quantities of drugs. This gives other “unlicensed” drug dealers the ability to blend in – to literally “hide in plain sight.”
Because the black market exists to avoid taxes, regulations, and make money, cartels can easily undercut the price of “legal” sources and provide a “best price guarantee.”
The demand for high-grade pot from Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon and other legalized states means that massive quantities are exported to every other state in the country. None of this happens legally.
Because of massive fraud and abuse, California has effectively been a recreational use state since 1996, and yet their hills and mountains are full of cartel grows. Despite all of their claims of regulation and enforcement, Colorado has become a source nation for the rest of the country. And in Oregon, where over $9 million in pro-pot spending caused the people of Oregon to legalize “personal use” possession of one half pound quantities of pot, the black market continues to thrive.
Just like the other big pro-pot lie, that regulation keeps marijuana out of the hands of children, we have never had better evidence to reveal the absurd and fraudulent nature of their claims.
As a federal drug prosecutor who has interviewed 1000s of drug traffickers for over two decades, I can say the following with absolute certainty:
Drug cartels and other criminal drug trafficking organizations are not intimidated by legalization, they are emboldened by it.
Here is the latest evidence of that.