Where is El Chapo’s weed? Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera and Rafael Caro Quintero are presumed to be billionaires because of the illegal sale of the plant. Quintero has amassed a net worth that put him in a position to make the claim that he would pay off Mexico’s $80 billion foreign debt bill. It can be argued that Quintero may have been stoned out of his mind when he made that claim, but this is factual. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, said “the state is expecting roughly $1 billion in sales for the rest of the fiscal year , generating roughly $100 million in revenue for the state. The money is slated to be used to build new schools. Cannabis sativa is a cash crop and the government knows it.
Americans can no longer ignore the economic stability the marijuana industry produces. Therefore, it’s my belief marijuana is being prepared for mass distribution, so everyone just sit tight. For the past couple of years the debate on whether or not to legalize marijuana has some people blowing smoke with the intent to show its positive effects and others stamping out notions that it is more than a bona-fide gateway drug. Most of the arguments against marijuana stem from the 1937 film “Reefer Madness”. This argument is not a debate on whether or not marijuana is good or bad, but how and why it will soon be legalized nationwide in the great United States of America.
Arizona’s Phoenix New Times reports that studies have been sanctioned by the Food and Drug Administration, but under federal rules, such experiments can use marijuana only from a single, government-run farm in Mississippi. That’s right the government has been illegally growing marijuana in America for decades. Wait, it’s the government, they don’t do illegal things, but they are doing it in secrecy and keeping the farms under wraps. Researchers say the agency that oversees the farm, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has long been hostile to proposals aimed at examining possible benefits of the drug. Said research is hinged on the backs of military and veterans who suffer from PTSD (unfortunately the recent shooting in Texas is a prime example.). The push to qualify medical marijuana as an effective form of treatment of PTSD is on because it helps decrease anxiety and elevates mood.
Getting back to El Chapo, where is his weed? In February 2014 the drug king was finally recaptured; it was reported by multiple national news agencies that he exported so many tons of marijuana that it has to be destroyed in “special facilities.” One of which is briefly shown (though it is blurred) in an ABCNews segment titled “Mexican Drug Kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Arrested”. The only way to destroy something is to reduce the object to useless fragments by rending, burning or dissolve it. Being a solid, dissolving it is eliminated. According to the DRAFT NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULES 2-7-14 issues by the ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE the only two classifications that destroyed medical marijuana can fall into are Compostable mixed waste and Noncompostable mixed waste. Read about that here
There is no way to hide the scent Marijuana gives off once burned therefore it is my belief that marijuana will be legalized across the United States and the special destruction facilities as reported by ABC News are processing plants that test the THC levels of marijuana and are repackaging it for widespread distribution with description labels that include potency levels to dispensaries. My final argument is The Food and Drug Administration knows that marijuana helps medically because they approved the use of “Dronabinol- the active ingredient in MARINOL® Capsules, which is synthetic delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC). Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is also a naturally occurring component of Cannabis sativa L. (Marijuana). Dronabinol demonstrates reversible effects on appetite, mood, cognition, memory, Dronabinol is classified as a CIII on the controlled substances schedule list. While Marijuana (Cannabis) is a Schedule I. Dronabinol as a CIII schedule has a potential for abuse less than substances in Schedules I or II and abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence. If Cannibis Sativa has the same naturally occurring component as Dronabinol a synthetically produced chemical, why are they classified differently? The answer Dronabinol is easier to regulate economically than a plant someone can grow in their backyards.
 Chris Miles, “Marijuana Legalization Is a Multi-Billion Dollar Revolution That’s Sweeping Across the USA,” PolicyMic, Mic Network Inc., http://www.policymic.com/articles/83075 (accessed 1 Apr. 2014).
 Lawrence Meade “Reefer Madness'” A G and H production. Youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Azf320JDdqU (accessed 12 Apr 2014).
 ABCNews,”Mexican Drug Kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Arrested,” ABCNews/Yahoo News!, http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/mexican-drug-kingpin-joaquin-el-chapo-guzman-arrested-22634855 (accessed 1 Apr 2014).