July 10, 2015—El Paso, Texas was the first U.S. city to ban marijuana 100 years ago. Its reason was to fight the “lust for human blood”. Now, many in the border town want to legalize it…to stop the lust for human blood.
As it stands now, if you’re caught with anything less than two ounces of marijuana in Texas, the misdemeanor conviction could cost you 180 days in prison and a $2,000 fine. Perhaps worse than that, the entire border community pays for this policy through police militarization and surveillance.
From The Guardian:
“A state representative from El Paso, Marisa Marquez, introduced a medical marijuana bill. Another El Paso Democrat, Joe Moody, proposed a bill to decriminalise the possession of small amounts of pot. Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic US congressman from El Paso, co-wrote a 2011 book calling for drug policy reform and won election in 2012 with a pro-marijuana legalisation stance. The incumbent he ousted in the primary, Silvestre Reyes, was the former head of Border Patrol in El Paso who in 1993 introduced the controversial Operation Hold the Line, which saturated the border with agents to create a human blockade.”
“I don’t know that it would reduce crime in El Paso, which is already the safest city in America – but it would help to reduce cartel crime in Mexico. Today, Mexican cartels enjoy billions of dollars in profits from US drug sales, profits that go to hire young men and women, to buy politicians, police and judges, and allow some to commit crime with impunity,” O’Rourke said.
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