|Legalizing Weed Has Done What 1 Trillion Dollars and a 40 Year War Couldn’t
Posted: 09 Mar 2016 07:42 AM PST
The $1 trillion War on Drugs launched by President Nixon in 1971 created the Mexican drug cartels, now legalizing weed is killing them.
The Mexican drug cartels are finally meeting their match as a wave of cannabis legalization efforts drastically reshapes the drug trafficking landscape in the United States. It turns out that as states legalize cannabis use and cultivation, the volume of weed brought across the border by Mexican drug cartels dramatically decreases — and is putting a dent in their cash flow.
Consumers are also starting to see the difference. Cheap low quality Mexican cannabis has become almost impossible to find in states that have legalized, while prices for high quality home-grown have steadily decreased.
Maybe it’s time for the U.S., Mexico, and other countries to embrace the Portuguese and Irish model of treating addiction to drugs like an addiction to alcohol or cigarettes, using rehabilitation — rather than incarceration — to confront the problem.
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|Obama sends $500 million to U.N. climate-change fund
Posted: 09 Mar 2016 07:32 AM PST
President Obama and his administration, over the voice of Republicans, sent in $500 million to the climate-change fund operated and overseen by the United Nations – the first of a total $3 billion package the White House has promised to send.
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“With this announcement, which comes less than three months after the historic Paris climate agreement, the United States continues to demonstrate leadership in the international climate arena,” one State Department official said, the Hill reported. “This grant is the first step toward meeting the president’s commitment of $3 billion to GCF [Green Climate Fund], and shows that the United States stands squarely behind our international climate commitments.”
Republicans on Capitol Hill have argued the fund is mismanaged; the payments further climate-change policies that are scientifically unsound; and the White House is wrongfully using taxpayer dollars to advance a political and personal agenda.
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But they lost their chance to hold up the payment in last year’s omnibus spending bill, by failing to specify the State Department could not use its funding to provide for the U.N. measure, the Hill reported.
The Green Climate Fund is a tool the United Nations created to raise $100 billion to help poorer nations adopt and adapt to policies that cut greenhouse gases and fight rising sea levels.
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