With 20 states falling for “medical” marijuana and two states outright declaring pot legal, there’s a lot of money being spent on the formerly illegal weed.
Just like blood in the water attracts sharks, the growing dope industry has drawn the interest of banks and credit card companies that want to do their part to keep Americans stoned while turning a hefty profit.
The Department of Justice, Treasury Department and myriad other federal agencies are in talks with bank representatives and lobbyists to set up rules that would allow potheads to use credit and debit cards to buy their wacky tobaccy.
Dan Riffle, a lobbyist for the Marijuana Policy Project, said, “Everyone at this point is working together. … We can find a solution that will make the banking services available to this industry.”
He said he expects that banks will be allowed to loan money to pot growers and dealers, and process their business transactions, by the end of the first quarter this year.
So far, private equity firms have been filling in the gap, with groups like the owners of High Times magazine raising money to loan to pot startups.
One of the benefits of allowing banks into the drug trade is that it will be easier for the federal and state governments to keep track of taxes that are owed.
Of course, law enforcement will still have to crack down on unlicensed dealers who, according to the Huffington Post, in Colorado are selling weed for about half of the price of legally purchased pot.
Now, a suspicious mind might look at the overall progress of drug legalization through the years and suspect something amiss.
To skeptical thinkers — or as the Left calls them, crackpots — it might appear as if the War on Drugs was deliberately lost, that drugs were allowed over several generations to infiltrate and take root in our schools, that pot and other drugs have been promoted and normalized in numerous movies and television shows, and that there has in fact been a steady push to keep a large segment of America stoned.
The “victimless” crime of smoking pot of course has had thousands of victims, and the “harmless” weed, used regularly, is known to make people stupid and compliant. Yet the government has done little to actually try to stop the drug trade.
All of this might suggest — again, only to “crackpots” who think for themselves — that big money has always been behind activities that now have ultimately led to legalization of marijuana in many states, and will likely lead to its legalization in all states.
It would take a truly cynical mind to suggest that certain high-level banking interests may have been involved in the drug trade all along. …
I wonder how many people even recall a book called “Brave New World,” in which the populace was kept “stable” by the frequent use of a narcotic called soma, after the Roman god of sleep, Somnus.
There was a character in that book, Mustapha Mond, the World Controller of Western Europe, who said of the citizens, “they’re so conditioned that they practically can’t help behaving as they ought to behave. And if anything should go wrong, there’s soma.”
The legalization of marijuana is nothing short of the drugging of America, undertaken at various levels of government until it will eventually become the national norm. The reasons why should be obvious.
We’ve already been so conditioned that this monumental change in the moral values of America, if it’s even recognized, is met by most people with a shrug.
The irony is that drug laws are being loosened with the excuse of expanding your freedom.
When in recent years have you known the government to care about individual liberty?
What they’re really peddling is slavery in a cigarette. To quote the World Controller:
“There’s always soma to give you a holiday from the facts. And there’s always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. Now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half your morality about in a bottle. Christianity without tears–that’s what soma is.”