Time to Legalize Drugs in California?
Violence in Mexico tied to drug smuggling into the US is at an all time high with more than 6000 murders in 2008. And things are getting dramatically worse. And not just in Mexico. According to a recent Justice Department report, Mexican drug gangs have extended their operations to at least 230 American cities, from Alaska to Texas. In an operation known as Xcellerator, U.S. Federal officials have rounded up more than 750 suspects across the US tied to these operations. Adding to the concern, it appears that while drugs may be flowing into the country, guns from the US may be flowing into Mexico to arm these gangs. With all of this being said, should we finally acknowledge that we have lost the war on drugs? At least one California Assemblyman seems to think so. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco wants to legalize marijuana - and tax it. Because it is estimated to be a $14 billion industry, larger than any other agricultural product, it is estimated to bring in $1 billion per year in taxes. So, should we do it? The measure was introduced into the California legislature as AB 390 on Monday. It would replicate the regulatory structure used for beer, wine and hard liquor. Jack opens up the phones tonight on AM 600 KOGO to ask the question. Join the conversation at 6:00 p.m. p.s.t. on kogo.com. Call in at 1-800-600-5646 and twitter Jack at twitter.com/jackrice.