Here Come the Screaming Mimi Drug Warriors – Let’s Give Them a Big Horse Laugh
Bill Quick

Colorado pot shops likely targets of cartels, say experts | Fox News

As the smoke settles from the first week of legal marijuana sales in Colorado, experts are warning that sanctioned pot dealers could become targets for the very folks they put out of business. Taking over a trade once ruled by drug cartels and turning it into an all-cash business could make pot shops prime targets for extortion, black-market competition and robbery. One veteran border narcotics agent told Colorado’s legal pot industry will find it hard to keep the criminals from horning in on a lucrative business they once controlled.

More FUD hysteria from the drug warriors.  The cartels could move in when the pot dealers were as criminalized as the cartels.  But now, if some mustached cartel thug shows up demanding a cut, they can just call the cops.  Did the Mafia try to move in on liquor stores after Prohibition was repealed?

Nope.  Illegal gangs specialize in illegal goods and services.  Legal stuff is generally too risky, and not profitable enough for them.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Here Come the Screaming Mimi Drug Warriors – Let’s Give Them a Big Horse Laugh — 5 Comments

    • Yeah, count on the powers that be to screw up a wet dream. Although I suspect that Bitcoins may start playing a major role here. And you can use Paypal as a bank, too.

      There will be workarounds. The point remains – they couldn’t go to the local law while they were criminals themselves. Now they aren’t, and now they can.

  1. It’s a common enough problem; one law screws up one thing, so another law “fixes” that, and another, and another, until you can’t get rid of the original law because all the “fixes” will screw EVERYTHING up. And too often, the politicians consider this a “feature” rather than a “bug”. As Glenn writes, too few opportunities for graft. Jerry Pournelle used to say the same thing; many vultures won’t do anything unless they can wet their beaks as well.

    That’s why drug legalization is so hard; too many “law enforcement” vultures would lose their rice bowls.