Marijuana is our nation’s leading cash crop, and the ONDCP says that’s a bad thing. After all, Colombia’s biggest cash crop is coca, and Afghanistan’s biggest cash crop is opium poppies, and it hasn’t gone well for them.
That’s a pretty stupid comparison. Afghanistan wasn’t doing any better under the Taliban, when opium was not a leading crop. Colombia’s problem is not coca, but the criminal activities (and near-civil-war) it funds.
Honestly now, if we legalized and taxed marijuana — and stopped locking people up for nonviolent drug crimes– we’d have enough money to pay for the war in Iraq and social security. I don’t see why the entire balanced budget lobby doesn’t get on that issue right now.