Why Republicans Should Support Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Last year, 63 police officers were shot and killed while doing their jobs. The criminal justice system is packed full of nonviolent drug offenses. Who has to enforce these drug laws? Hint, it isn’t the people wearing suits in Washington or your state capital.

They are people just like the 63 souls who lost their lives last year. They are the people who seem to have no allies, and many enemies.

President Trump has come out in supposed support of police officers, so why (like many other Republicans) do they continue to make their job harder? Why do Republicans want to avoid a free market solution to many medical problems? Let’s look further into why the GOP should adopt a pro-marijuana platform.

For Chicago alone, the criminal justice system had a cost of $36,628,293 in 2016 to taxpayers. So much of the criminal “justice” system is clogged up with drug crimes. If we were to decriminalize marijuana, it would have more benefits than just tax revenue.

Police officers would no longer need to enforce marijuana laws, allowing departments to crack down on more serious, violent crimes, and yes, even illegal immigrants. Law enforcement is tied down to fighting a war on drugs that has no end in sight. They can shift their focus from marijuana.

Also, the legalization of marijuana hurts the activity of gangs and cartels. According to CNN, Mexican cartels get $19-$29 billion annually from sales in the United States. By eliminating the prohibition on marijuana (and other drugs), we can eliminate their incentive to sell here, making it easier and safer on border patrol officers to do their job as well. If it is truly in the Republicans’ best interest to protect the lives of police officers, then marijuana should be legalized to generate revenue for police as well as reduce what they need to enforce.

For our free market friends, as well as those who want to lower costs and better treatments for medical problems, marijuana has the answers for you. According to a Harvard study, marijuana allows for AIDS patients and those going through chemotherapy to have an appetite. “An oral spray nabiximols (Sativex) is approved in other countries for treatment of multiple sclerosis muscle spasticity and cancer-related pain not managed by other pain medication, and is undergoing further evaluation in the U.S”.

Because of the prohibition on marijuana and the “shocking” failure of the bureaucrats in the FDA, those within the United States do not have an opportunity to test the effects of marijuana on diseases with no cures or expensive cures.

The prohibition of marijuana is allowing a medicinal monopoly to occur within our healthcare system. Free market thinkers from all political spectrums should support ending the pharmaceutical monopoly on how we treat different medical problems.

It would be hypocritical of Republicans to support the free market for everything except our medicine.