By the time the dust settles, and the public becomes so enraged that the politicians have to redress the issue, tens of thousands of people have been trampled underfoot, and a vast criminal network has evolved.
The Prohibition experience means nothing?
The US experience with Prohibition is a great example. In 1926, Fiorella LaGuardia testified before the US Senate, showing how the loss of taxation to the Federal and State Governments had become the funding for organized crime and the source of funds for the corruption of politicians and police. America has never recovered from this entrenchment of organized crime and the resulting corruption.
So now we have a Federal crack-down in California on medical marijuana that is applauded by the drug cartels, because the people who will get closed down are the small-time medical growers who make up their competition. The beneficiaries will be those people who are recreational users, and those in medical need will be back to buying their medicine from shady dealers on street corners while compromised police officers look the other way.
We might have looked to our California politicians in the past for leadership. But the strangest thing is happening. Nancy Pelosi, who has been a strong supporter of personal rights, which included medical marijuana, is now strangely silent on the Federal encroachment into California. By her continued silence, and not speaking out for better California oversight, she is encouraging the wild Federal trampling of human rights that is taking place in California right now.