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Leading Military Officials Blame Legal Weed for Failed War on Drugs

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Leading Military Officials Blame Legal Weed for Failed War on Drugs

During a recent congressional hearing held to discuss the failed War on Drugs, two leading military officers testified that efforts to legalize marijuana in America has caused many of our nation’s strongest allies to lose faith in United States.

Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., who oversees the U.S. Coast Guard, went before subcommittee members on April 27 to report that countries like Colombia and Nicaragua are conflicted by America’s fight to legalize marijuana, especially considering the recent changes to the pot laws in Colorado and Washington, which have fully legalized cannabis for recreational purposes.

“When they’re investing so much in resources and blood they have to question that,” Papp said.

Not only do these countries feel as though the United States has turned its back on the drug war, but “the word hypocrite comes into the conversation,” added John F. Kelly, leader of the Marine Corps’ Southern Command. “We seemingly are not caring about drugs anymore.”

The hearing, which was labeled “Confronting Transnational Drug Smuggling: An Assessment of Regional Partnerships,” was held to take a closer look at the drug smuggling that despite military, financial and diplomatic efforts continues to rise up from the southern border and infiltrate the United States.

Both Papp and Kelly argued that the federal government’s complacent attitude towards legal marijuana in America has made conducting drug enforcement operations more challenging.

Over the course of the past year, General Kelly has used the disdain of Latin American leaders to express his personal upheaval regarding the War on Drugs. He says the scene in Colorado and Washington has put many southern countries in a state of “disbelief” and disappointment because they had hoped to “stay shoulder to shoulder with us in the drug fight in their part of the world.”

However, General Kelly failed to point out that some Latin American leaders have given up on the illusionary drug war and are currently exploring alternative options to combat the black market trade. Uruguay has already legalized marijuana, while there are talks that Guatemala may soon initiate marijuana and opium production as a means for decreasing cartel activity. Jamaica, too, is considering reform of its marijuana laws.

During the April 27 hearing, Kelly told the committee that the only way to truly win the War on Drugs is to destroy the products before they reach American soil, which, he says, many of these countries feel is a lost cause.

Do you think South American countries are disappointed American states have legalized cannabis? Tell us in the comments below!



  1. Drew

    June 24, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I am sorry but why have shit that can kill you legal. But have the one safest type of pain medicine illegal. It helps people focus on things as well. The government leaders and all of the high up military personal need to understand that it has not killed a single person. You cant overduse on mary jane. You can die from alcohol poisining. You can die from smoking Tobacco. It is the safest drug out there cause remember Tobacco and Alcohol are counted as drugs!!!

  2. Hope

    May 10, 2014 at 12:21 am

    By: Hope

    All they wanted was a little fun
    Those bootleggers of old.
    So what, if they carried a gun
    And got a little bold.
    Eventually they won their war
    And liquor was legalized.
    Then thugs like Al Capone and more
    Were practically canonized!

    Now after eighty years or more
    Another war’s declared.
    The procedure’s repeated just as before
    But this time no one’s spared.
    Their determination to win this time is a flaw
    Of the human condition.
    But all it proves to those in awe

  3. me myself and i

    May 8, 2014 at 11:08 am

    They need a war on something because war itself is profitable and time consuming and that equals man hours and paychecks.they need to sell guns and ammunition , local police departments need that federal funding and to achieve that they have to meet drug quota arrest so they pick on non violent weed smokers for smoking a plant.who has the right to tell me what I can put in my body or what medicine I choose , marijuana is mother natures pain remedy for all life on this planet including animals and by radiating these plants denies them that health benefit. Our government needs to stop with the negative scare propaganda that they have been lying to Americans about.marijuana is safer than anything out there and shouldn’t be classified as a drug at all.prohibition needs to stop.

    • Joe

      May 10, 2014 at 8:52 am

      Stop spending millions on stopping it. Stop spending BILLIONS on traditional cancer research. Allocate some of the money to spend some on gov funded research to help cancer patients. Because it’s illegal zero dollars goes into studying the large range of relieving and debatable a cure/remission drug.

  4. Mark

    May 8, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Why can’t ya just go on and bust those people who are bringing in cocain and heroin and other drugs?The drug war is and has always been a complete failure.You cannot place marijuana in a class of drugs that kill and destroy,not only the life of the person using it,but those around him.I really don’t think we need to bring in an Einstein to figure this out.I do not use marijuana or ETOH ,for that matter but spent many years in chemistry to know that if it’s not the weed causing all this arguing,then it’s the money. the largest losers in making cannabis legal are big pharma,private prisons.The DEA knows this.All of the agencies that over see drug use and abuse know this fact.

  5. heather

    May 8, 2014 at 7:30 am

    Sounds like the us military has their panties in a bunch about losing their cuts from connecting with the cartels. Everyone knows legalizing mj is a good move including Latin America countries. If they want the cartel gone, legalizing drugs and regulating them to take that business away from the cartels is the smartest thing to do. The war on drugs failed because prohibition doesn’t work. Didn’t we learn with alcohol? Control, money, power are what is in question here not the efficacy of the drug war. Wet already know it doesn’t work.

  6. NorCalNative

    May 8, 2014 at 7:24 am

    The world’s lone superpower just loves itself a War on Drugs. It’s an excuse to meddle ANYWHERE we desire.

    The military isn’t concerned about the flow of drugs but rather about political cover for impulses of hegemony and world dominance.

    So, the answer to your question is that South American countries must be thrilled that some level of democracy is being exhibited by U.S. voters.

  7. Jim

    May 8, 2014 at 7:21 am

    HA! Colombia is one to talk! It has Devil’s Breath growing wild all over the streets and everywhere there.

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