The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal

Last year, more than 850,000 people in the U.S. were arrested for marijuana-related offenses.

The five Special Interest Groups lobbying to keep Marijuana illegal

Despite public opinion, the medical community, and human rights experts of all movement in favor of relaxing the laws of marijuana prohibition, little has changed in terms of policy.

There have been many great books and articles detailing the history of the war on drugs. Part of fixing America with maintaining green leaf plant illegal is rooted in the cultural and political clashes of the past.

However, there are entrenched interest groups that are spending large sums of money to keep the broken drug laws on the books:

1) The police unions: Police departments across the country have become dependent on federal subsidies war on drugs to finance their budget. In March, an article revealed that a police union lobbyist in California coordinated the effort to defeat Proposition 19, a ballot measure in 2010 to legalize marijuana, while helping their clients from the police department to raise tens of million in federal grants marijuana eradication. And not just in California. Federal lobbying disclosures show that other police union lobbyists have pushed for stiffer penalties for marijuana-related crimes across the country.

2) The private prison corporations: Private prison corporations make millions for jailing people who have been incarcerated for drug offenses, including marijuana. Corrections Corporation of America, one of the largest for-profit enterprises in prison, said in a statement that the regulator to continue the war against drugs is integral to their business strategy. Prison companies have spent millions of dollars funding pro-drug war and politicians have used secret front groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council, to barely exceed the requirements for drug offenses.

3) Corporations producing alcohol and beer: Fearing competition for dollars spent on entertainment, alcohol and snuff interests have lobbied to keep marijuana out of reach. For example, the California Beer and Beverage Distributors contributed campaign contributions to a committee set up to prevent the legalization of marijuana and taxed.

4) Pharmaceutical corporations: As mentioned above sin industries, pharmaceutical interests would keep marijuana illegal so American has no alternative option for cheap medical products. Howard Wooldridge, a retired police officer who now lobbies the government to relax the laws on marijuana prohibition, said the Republic of reports with the police unions, the "second biggest opponent at the Capitol is big PhRMA" because marijuana substitute "to everything from Advil Vicodin pills and other expensive".

5) The prison guard unions: Prison guard unions have a vested interest in keeping people behind bars as well as for-profit prison. In 2008, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association spent a whopping $ 1 million to defeat a measure that has "reduced sentences and probation time for nonviolent offenders emphasizing drug treatment in prison".

Source: Republic Report

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19 comments

  1. no mention of religious groups

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  2. Religion is not a factor... the bible grants man the right to all seed bearing plants in genesis... i would put big lumber and cotton on this list since hemp is restricted with marijuana under the csa...and hemp can completely substitute for lumber and cotton in many areas...

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    1. Finally someone who understands GENESIS.

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  3. Genesis 1: 29. And God said, Behold, I have given you EVERY herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth, to you it shall be for meat. (Then man learned to make fire and learned how to smoke the herb... and it was good man!).

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  4. Well said Friend. It saddens me to see the peace of many corrupted by the greed of a few, the sheep are still blind, the wolves are ravenous, and the pigs still rolling in their vast holding of ill gotten gains.

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  5. the truth is coming out finally. Greed and corruption hate to be exposed to the light of day. Like fat evil vampires preying on society

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  6. There are some other organizations that are not at all mentioned:
    - the companies that own paper-production with wood
    - the cloth industry
    - the petrochemistry
    - companies producing fertilizers
    - companies producing GMO's
    hope i did not forget anyone...

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  8. The wheel will always turn. All those greedy people stopping weed will probably end up needing it for health reasons. Law of nature.

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  9. I think that possibly the most ludicrous thing about drugs being illegal is the fact that if governments decided to treat drug users as people instead of villains, make ALL recreational substances legal, sort out trade agreements with supplying nations and controlled the supply and therefore took tax revenue, the difference to everyone would be remarkable.

    By treating addicts as victims and showing them respect and offering help and rehabilitation instad of vilifying them, crime would be reduced, those affected would live more fulfilling lives and contribute more. Then they could become the next generation of counsellors, properly armed with the right, first-hand knowledge, fully capable to help and educate those behind them.

    I know this piece was about cannabis and I've gone off on somewhat of a tangent, but the leading and most prevalent argument rolled out time after time by those allegedly wise enough to decide for us, is that cannabis is a 'gateway drug', so to legalise it would obviously lead to the downfall of mankind as we know it.

    That's their argument, in a nutshell. And there are enough people out there in the electorate who know nothing more of the world than that which they see on Fox News, so they believe this garbage.

    Don't stop with cannabis. All drugs should be legalised and run through legitimate channels - this way Big Pharma could still be involved, drug-related crime would diminish and, importantly, BILLIONS of Dollars would be raised through taxes.

    And everyone would feel a whole lot safer.

    Sorry for rambling...

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    1. 100% agreed. Love what you said.

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  10. Full legalization won't ever happen in the US. Too much money at stake. We are an overly prideful nation and it'll eventually destroy us. When careers are threatened, people will not easily give them up, especially those in Law Enforcement. It'll be the same shit for years to come...

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  11. I think the person who wrote this article was high himself, the grammar and vocab is so poor it's barely comprehensible in parts

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    1. Shut up you don't even have a period at the end of ur sentence, loser.

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  12. It's disgusting how these faggot coward human-hating corporations control our laws.

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  13. I wish this piece was grammatically correct, I'd love to share it.

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    1. Pretty narrow minded of you for expecting perfection from others while you yourself are not perfect in any way. You are just as much part of the wrong way of thinking. Maybe smoke a blunt and lighten the fuck up.

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  14. Right on 2 what the last 2 said! This is a very important piece that's been published and I'll definitely use this information on my site. Thanks for a great article!

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