Wednesday, August 24, 2005

It's [mostly] "who you know" when it comes to the so-called "War on drugs"

Think Progress » Always Low Prices, Even for Meth Lab Owners

As if the administration's "War or Drugs" wasn't bullshit enough, here's more proof.

The administration is so heartless they won't advocate medical marijuana for people dying of cancer, or even the growing of "Hemp" (which isn't useful for smoking, for those who don't already know), which can be used for a multitude of products.

But what do you know, Wal-Mart's lobbyists evidently have a lot more influence with this administration than NORML does.

So by this administration's action (and/or inaction) they seem to be "OK" with Wal-Mart selling [all] the ingredients to make "Meth", and other potentially deadly drugs like alcohol and tobacco, but refuse to decriminalize marijuana (which unlike the others mentioned, isn't responsible for tens of thousands of deaths each year, and has been deemed helpful by countless doctors).

Isn't it amazing what piles of money and powerful lobbyists (not to mention hypocrites in the administration) can do ?

I think that if Wal-Mart had an interest in selling marijuana, THEY might have the lobbying power to achieve it.

Here's an interesting article (from Business Week Online) asking the question - Is Wal-Mart too powerful ?

The lobbying power of Wal-Mart doesn't surprise me, nor does the hypocrisy, but since they've taken such a prudish stance on "moral" issues like selling Maxim magazine (Oh, the HORROR !), I thought they would stop or "restrict" the sales of Meth ingredients just as other retailers have done.

They really must be selling a $hitload of the aforementioned cold products, although they were probably selling lots of Maxim, FHM, etc. magazines before they banned them from their stores.

What other reason could there be ?

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