DEA Official Freaks Out Over Pot Legalization (Hint: It's The Money And Power, Not The Potheads)
Eekers, the vast money and power train funneled for drug enforcement could be stopped!
Not one person I know who smokes pot was deterred by the laws against it. I would smoke pot (in a vaporizer) if pot worked for me, which it does not. The laws would not have been a deterrent.
The laws against pot are just a vast complex for employment and power for those in the enforcement and prison industry, and they disproportionately affect blacks and others in the underclass.
Via @againstcronycap, who wrote:
James L. Capra is a career government official. Much of his life has been spent in drug law enforcement. He is a politician and a bureaucrat. He has constituencies he represents. He has federal money to protect. Ending marijuana prohibition means ending a big part of everything this guy has worked for for a long time. He doesn't want to see the footprint of the DEA diminish on his watch, which is understandable.
No one in government wants their power diminished. No matter what agency it is they never want to get smaller. Managers, bureaucrats, are not interested slit their own throats. (Who is?) Money is the lifeblood of bureaucracy and the flow of funds must be maintained -always.
Fundamentally what we see here is a turf and funds battle. Mr Capra is defending his bureaucratic ground. That's what people do in Washington DC.
Trafficking groups that "want Billy to be puffing on his bong," as Capra puts it, will be put out of business by legalization, same as the illegal booze industry was by the repeal of Prohibition.