There have been a lot of letters to the editor on the new Arizona immigration law: it’s a knee jerk reaction, support of the boycott that Boulder is imposing on travel to Arizona, etc. But no one is talking about the bigger part of the problem: violence in Arizona (which led to the law) stems from the drug trade that is supported by people who buy illegal drugs.
Here are some facts: According to the U.S. State Department, 90% of the cocaine consumed in the U.S. passes through Mexico on its way to the U.S., and Mexican marijuana is the most widely available marijuana in the U.S. market.
Let’s look at the most simplistic view of this: Americans want drugs, drug cartels (particularly from Mexico) send drugs. Illegal drug trade leads to violence throughout Mexico that eventually comes to the US, in particular Phoenix. Arizona lawmakers enact a racist law. Boulder residents, for the most part, are against the law.
But are Boulder residents still smoking the pot that comes from the Mexican drug cartels?
It comes down to economics: do your purchases reflect your politics? U.S. demand for and purchase of marijuana and other illegal drugs is what led to the law being enacted in Arizona.
I’ve heard so many times the argument that pot isn’t as bad as alcohol, no one dies from smoking a bowl. But, if the pot you bought came from Mexico, you have contributed to thousands of deaths and kidnappings. Buying illegal drugs has consequences: it has led to violent drug cartels forming and the death of over 24,000 Mexicans since 2006.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the same last year: “[America's] insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade.” The drug trade led to the Arizona violence. The violence led to the law. Are you contributing to the drug trade and against the law in Arizona? If so, think about the connection.