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Marijuana: Mega-Business for the Mexican Mafia
Oregon's Miserable, Misguided Response

There is only one way to break up the Mexican Mafia’s control of this illegal business – make it legal so everybody could grow their own.

Mexican drug crime scene
Is there a better way than taking control away from the criminals? Photo courtesy: El Diario - Juarez

(MOLALLA, Ore.) - On April 25, 2010 The Oregonian headlined POT GROWERS MAKE RURAL OREGON THEIR OWN. The Oregon Department of Health Services (DHS), The Oregon Medical Board (OMB) and The Oregon Legislature all like little Bo Peep lost their sheep and bumbled miserably about Marijuana/Cannabis (MJ/C) as medicine.

It is impossible to understand how ignorant the whole bunch of them could be. I guess they saw the movie Reefer Madness too many times AND believed it. Surprise, Surprise it’s a whole bunch of ignorant misleading hogwash. There was nothing factual about any of it and there is nothing factual about its danger and addictiveness. It is neither dangerous not addicting. On the contrary, it is one of the safest most useful medicines ever found. With a safe medical history going back at least 5000 years with no deaths and no harm ever. About a dozen of our Presidents are known to have used it!! Bad example??

I had personally known of Marijuana’s use since about 1928 in Southern Oregon which may seem surprising. It was presumed to have entered New Orleans about 1910 but obviously Mexicans had been using it since the Spaniards came there in the 1500’s and many were in California and Oregon.

My own children in high school were using it unknown to me in the 1960’s when its use mushroomed in colleges and high schools.

In truth, it was widely used as medicine and in confections from about 1850 onwards and never stopped or slowed down until 1937. Some of my legal Marijuana patients had been using it for 50 plus years dating to the 1930’s.

When Medical Marijuana became legal in 1999, I was swarmed as a Marijuana doctor and I eventually helped about 6000 get permits.

The weird attitude of the DHS, the OMB, the Police organizations and the Legislature was beyond understanding. All of them certainly knew of someone who had used Marijuana. It certainly didn’t harm them – maybe a little “tipsy”.

In the meantime the Mexican Mafia moved in. They want it to remain illegal. They are making billions of dollars and are selling it in every state. In effect, they control the market. In Oregon, they probably grow it or at least sell it in EVERY county. If our police didn’t do anything else they could NOT control this illegal activity.

There is only one way to break up the Mexican Mafia’s control of this illegal business – make it legal so everybody could grow their own. The Mexicans would be out of business over night.



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September 19, 2010 11:13 pm (Pacific time)

First the mexican mafia dont function with pot mainly in herion. So a few mexican nationals get busted for growing pot and right away they get tagged with being mex. Mafia. There is only one mex mafia assembled here in the states this goes to the law enforcement u guys are just arresting illegal imagrants. Not people of the eme

Anonymous May 1, 2010 6:21 pm (Pacific time)

Anyway I shall be leaving this putrid blog, you are just too anti-American and a waste of time. Chow scumbags. Signing off for good...going shrimping down by the Big Easy.

Tim King: Go screw yourself you pathetic dirtbag without the balls to use his or her real name.  Get screwed, pack it where the sun don't shine, you don't even know what America means you worthless piece of crap.

Douglas Benson April 27, 2010 7:20 am (Pacific time)

I havent seen mexican garbage weed for years .This is a play at fear and an excuse to shut down a large portion of the cannabis production in our state with more money for law enforcement ect. The Mexican cartels have the corner on all hard drugs but most outdoor growers are local . True there are some mexican growers and these morons plant hundreds even thousands of plants in one spot ,camp out near the fields and gee here comes law . A word of warning to outdoor growers stay home this year the woods are being watched hard core .

johnny1 April 27, 2010 6:45 am (Pacific time)

Cannabis has 1 serious side effect. people who dont indulge feel the need to control people who do. prohibition is a total failure

Daniel April 26, 2010 5:29 pm (Pacific time)

Thank G-d for Dr Leveque , someone who has a brain and is not afraid to tell the truth .I am sick to death of gutless politicals who use pot smoking as an issue .

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