In a great little article in the Cannabis Business Times, Dan Stockman, notable drug lawyer (Omaha, NE), cleverly drew a contrast between alcohol and drug prohibition. Stockmann called attention to the tiny town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, a poignant symbol in the hypocrisy surrounding Nebraska’s current drug policies.
The attorney said that Whiteclay has surprisingly maintained the greatest number of beer sales per capita of any U.S. town, selling nearly 10,000 cans of beer a day, despite having a population of only ten souls. He goes on to explain that this seemingly impossible act is miraculously made possible because of its location. Whiteclay is located on the boarder of South Dakota, near the Lakota Indian Nation, a completely alcohol free Indian reservation, where a hundred years of alcohol bootlegging and greedy government policies has ravaged the Lakota people.
Besides pointing out Nebraska’s overzealous stance on marijuana Stockmann also makes an excellent point on how prohibition, whether alcohol or marijuana, seemingly always fails.
He uses the Lakota example to great effect, mentioning that since the early stages of the town’s formation, illegal whisky peddlers pushed alcohol on the tribe. Though the American government had the best interest of the Lakota in mind when they created the dry buffer zone reservation during the Roosevelt era, it only increased the number and strength of the bootleggers who preyed on the inhabitants.
Stockmann is clearly an advocate of legalization, as he sincerely expressed in the article, mostly because of the positive transformation he believes it will have on his home state. Many of his fellow peers and Nebraskans agree that it’s time for a change. Lifting the prohibition on marijuana would decrease gang activity and violent crime based on the theory that the illegality of anything makes it more valuable. It goes without saying that marijuana’s illegality makes foreign cultivation and smuggling to the US an extremely profitable business for drug cartels and gangs, sending billions into the underground economy of other countries who may be hostile to the US.
This also goes for domestic drug dealing, as well. Though the use of alcohol and tobacco remain serious health problems, they are typically sold legally. The availability of these two items gives people less incentive to sell them on the black market as they do not hold the same value of illegal product, i.e. drugs. If the selling of pot was legal, then teenagers would face more difficulty making easy money off of selling it to their friends and peers.
In the article Stockmann points out that the only good to come out of the liquor and beer sales is the $350,000 to $400,000 a year alcohol tax from Whiteclay—although there is no price worth the suffering occurring in the Lakota tribe as a result of these sales. If the government is that in need of funding, perhaps they should look to marijuana legalization. Informing Nebraskans of the billions which has been wasted on the drug war with Colorado has been one of Stockmann’s passions. As of today, over 25 million people use marijuana every year, making it the largest cash crop in the United States.
Changing marijuana laws could lead to billions of dollars gained in tax revenue. The induction of Colorado’s Amendment 64 alone brought in more than $30 million of taxable revenue for their budget. If marijuana is legalized federally, the marijuana industry could potentially be three times bigger than the NFL, which could all be taxed, saving the US $13.7 billion a year.
In closing, “The Pot Calls the Kettle Black: Nebraska’s Hypocrisy in Criticizing Colorado’s Pot Laws” is well worth a read because it’s an insightful analogy of an even bigger problem facing our nation.
If you have been arrested for drugs or are the victim of constitutional infringement, you need to find a skilled drug lawyer. Omaha, NE has a lot of options when it comes to legal representation, but attorney Dan Stockmann truly understands what it takes to successfully fight a drug cases because he’s had over 15 years’ experience specialization in the field of drug defense. Fighting the case will mean meticulously scrutinizing investigation on Stockmann Law’s part, but unlike other lawyers who say they prepare for trial, they actually do and win because of it.