Third round semifinal voting is now open

Everyone from Desmond Tutu to Fox News acknowledges that the explosive immigration situation in Arizona is exacerbated by drug trafficking across the border.  From the AP:

The volume of drugs coming through the Arizona border is also eye-popping. Federal agents seized 1.2 million pounds of marijuana last year in Arizona. That amounts to an average of 1.5 tons per day.

Pot busts have become so common that until recently federal prosecutors in Arizona generally declined to press charges against marijuana smugglers caught with less than 500 pounds.

Marijuana is one of the biggest cash crops in the US, so it doesn’t appear that the “drug war” has been successful at reducing availability.   Demand for the products of criminal cartels which funnel money through illegal markets could be dramatically reduced by simply allowing people to grow marijuana themselves.  Instead, this is what the Senate immigration bill calls for:

The Border Patrol will also receive substantial upgrades in  technology—including: 1) clear and secure two-way communication capabilities among all border patrol agents conducting operations between ports of entry; 2) use of Department of Defense equipment at the border; and 3) increases in the number of sport utility vehicles, helicopters, power boats, river boats, portable computers to track illegal immigrants and drug smugglers while inside of a border patrol vehicle, night vision equipment, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Remote Video Surveillance Systems (RVSS), scope trucks, and Mobile Surveillance Systems (MSS).

Why use simple common sense when you can spend billions of dollars to militarize your boarders and dramatically expand the military industrial complex?

Tonight is the third night of seminfinal voting in our cannabis campaign, which seems ever more relevant each day.  Join us for the finals on Monday, when the top finalists from each round will compete for the grand prize.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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