Drug Trafficking from Arlington, Texas to St. Croix

Posted on: April 30, 2012

The press celebrated another injustice recently in the war on drugs. Federal authorities have been applauded for shutting down “a drug trafficking operation that mailed large quantities of marijuana from several Arlington post offices to St. Croix.”

When I saw the first few lines in the story about a drug trafficking operation, I ignorantly assumed it was something dangerous like black tar heroin, or meth. I held my breath and hoped it wasn’t a bust with only marijuana, but alas it was. The culprits were a group of people, ages ranging 28-47, and all are facing charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, or conspiracy to commit money laundering.

I was at a loss on what exactly to target and write about, until I read a comment on the article by a man who said something along the lines of, “Pharmaceutical companies ship their drugs all over without penalty.” I have an extensive medical background, and have seen the pros and cons of these medicines he’s referring to. To some, this comment may seem irrelevant, but really, think about that. Take marijuana out of the equation completely and what are we left with? “Medicines” that are approved by the FDA and doctors everywhere, which are in fact controlled poisons.

You can’t watch TV without hearing about the newest drug on the market, but be careful taking this drug as it may cause dizziness, insomnia, internal bleeding etc. Who are the criminals really? The few people involved in this mail order operation, who are sending a plant that when lit on fire will be a remedy for an ongoing list of ailments? Or is it the pharmaceutical companies, shipping and distributing thousands of capsules full of FDA approved over doses in a bottle?

The crime here is really that our government won’t allow a natural alternative to the always profitable Big Pharmaceutical Company’s next best anti-depressant. In doing research for this article, I ran across lists and lists of side effects and risks for these name brand “medicines” we’re being spoon fed. Each of the medicines all had similar warnings, of overdosing, keeping out of reach of children, and everyone’s favorite, may cause dependence/addiction. Funny thing is, I also ran across lists and lists put out by doctors, colleges, and various legitimate businesses, of ailments that people have found relief from by using medical marijuana.

I understand that the uproar in this particular story in Arlington is the “abuse” of the U.S. Postal Service and money laundering, both of which I frown upon. Yet I consider myself lucky to be one of the few that can see where the crime really lies… These accused people have potentially “ruined” their lives, over an outlawed plant, that wasn’t created in a lab and has no real rap sheet of side effects. My thoughts are with those involved, and their families. We will see the end of this ridiculous war on drugs, and until then, I proudly stand next to those who’ve also taken their blinders off.