George Soros advocates the legalization of marijuana under Proposition 19, and not just because Woody Harrelson showed him the light by pressing a sweet hemp necklace into his wrinkled palm this one time. The billionaire philanthropist lays out his reasons in a Wall Street Journal op-ed today, among them that:
• Arresting people for pot violations occupies much of the time of law enforcement, which would be better spent going after less chill members of the citizenry.
• When said pot violators get sent to jail, it is taxpayers who are on the hook for their meals and stuff (which adds up to a lot, not least because they have the munchies).
• He cares about black people something something.
• He is dying to get in on the market share of that shit.
Who most benefits from keeping marijuana illegal? The greatest beneficiaries are the major criminal organizations in Mexico and elsewhere that earn billions of dollars annually from this illicit trade — and who would rapidly lose their competitive advantage if marijuana were a legal commodity. Some claim that they would only move into other illicit enterprises, but they are more likely to be weakened by being deprived of the easy profits they can earn with marijuana.
Weakened by Soros, who has the business plans all set for a Starbucks-like chain of coffee shops specializing in Grande bong hits, soft comfortable chairs, and Floyd on the stereo. Come on, America!