The Bay Area’s Senator Diane Feinstein remains stubbornly in support of marijuana prohibition, even though most experts agree the policy has failed, and as many as 65 percent of her own constituents want her to move on.
In a Los Angeles Times report today, Evan Halper writes that the 81 year-old Feinstein joined with Republican Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley to chide the Obama Administration for failing to lock up pot smokers in the wake of the plant’s legalization in four states and Washington D.C.
Feinstein wrote Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and Secretary of State John Kerry a letter asking why America would deny cartels marijuana profits by taxing and regulating sales of cannabis to adults 21 and over. Legalization in Colorado and Washington has denied the black market hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue in 2014 and raised tens of millions dollars more for state coffers.
Feinstein said in the letter that the U.S. must support the decades-old international war on pot smokers — a war the U.S. largely foisted on the globe – or other countries might stop wasting money on pot arrests, too.
“We are already seeing signs that the United States’ position on drug control issues has been weakened,” they wrote to Holder. Feinstein hopes to “ensure that the United States retains its credibility as a global leader on international drug control policy.”
Many global watchers including travel writer Rick Steves say the U.S. has no credibility as a global leader on drug control.
The U.S.’ massive demand for drugs has led to the deaths of over 60,000 people from 2006 to 2012 and threatened that country’s stability.
The country is in the middle of a prescription drug overdose epidemic that is feeding Mexican cartels fresh addicts for black tar heroin.
In the ’80s, the CIA reportedly conspired in a scheme to import and distribute cocaine in the U.S.
Thanks to U.S. innovations in technology, drugs are cheaper, more pure and more easily available than ever before.
Feinstein helped lead the opposition to defeat California legalization Proposition 19 in 2010. The San Francisco Senator also believes cannabis is a gateway drug. Experts say the 81 year-old Senator will likely go to her grave “on the losing side of history”.
Up to 65 percent of Californians in some polls support replacing failed prohibition with state-regulated access to the cannabis, which President Obama notes is safer than alcohol.