When we last checked in on the DIY innovations of Mexican cartel drug smugglers, we found them lobbing four-pound bales of marijuana over the Mexico-Arizona border with a trailer-mounted catapult. But technology never stands still. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents recently found 33 canisters of marijuana in a field on the U.S. side near the point where the Colorado River crosses the U.S.-Mexico border, and they think the pot got there after being launched from a huge pneumatic cannon.
This is by no means a record breaking haul for the Border Patrol: 85 pounds of grass worth about $42,500--peanuts in the larger drug war. But it is representative of the ever-shifting tactics used by smugglers to get their product to market on the U.S. side of the border. The recovered canisters of pot were believed to have been launched roughly 500 feet (agents also recovered a carbon dioxide tank, tipping them off to the pneumatic nature of this latest ballistic border-clearing method). That's no small distance for cans of pot that had an average weight of around 2.5 pounds.
It’s just an eventuality when the bad guys start using flying drones of their own and GPS guidance systems, they will just remote control fly in their drugs in.
Even if the drugs do not reach the source location, it just lands and broadcast a homing single to be found and picked up later.
Or they could just legalize pot and put all smugglers out of business.
There are more than one type of illegal drug....
Trying to stop drug infiltration with so many submarines now being deployed to whisk drugs from sea to shining sea seems pointless. However, a 100 feet deep, 200 foot high 'great wall of China' can do wonders at reducing the illegal alien infiltration by also manning it every 300 yards. That would take about 50,000 border patrol agents on patrol every 24/7 and that's affordable.
This reminds me of those canisters that they use in the game Halo, where Master Chief lands on the planet in a pod with enough cushion to prevent bodily damage.
Considering that necessity is the mother of invention, and human trafficking is so popular, expect these pneumatic cannons to be repurposed for other means. Over time, the process will become so refined that the military will be able to thank drug lords for inventing a life-saving technology to help conduct missions on other planets and territories.
Traditionally when governments are at their worst and corrupt, gambling and making drugs legal becomes a good idea.
Shooting drugs over a fence is the least we have to worry about.
When I see comments like yours, it reminds me why this country is in such bad shape. Obviously, people like you have no idea how much less harmful marijuana is than alcohol. Not only that, but the health benefits are incredible.
If you think legalizing it wouldn't put a dent in their illegal enterprise, then you are sadly mistaken. It would be a HUGE blow to them and you know it.
Furthermore, if it was legalized, common sense tells us that usage of "hard" drugs (cocaine, meth, heroine) would shoot down dramatically. Those addicts would have a much safer alternative and prevent a new generation of drug addicts from coming about.
Just watch. With history being made in WA and CO, eventually, this entire country will wake up and we will think, "Why didn't we do this to begin with? We would have saved SO many lives and SO much money."
Two ways to solve the problem
- legalize some forms of dope
- radically downsize the market
I don't think that anyone knows how to downsize the market, and it apparently didn't suffer from the latest economic meltdown.
Kind of leaves the first choice. Licensed and taxed.
Right now we seem to be losing the war. Not to mention that it ties up a huge part of the law enforcement and judicial systems.
Make drugs illegal to protect the innocent.
Those who get caught using drugs go to prison and in prison get all the drugs they want, until their demise.
Eventually the drug prisoners will die, while not harming anyone else with survival of the fittest moves forward.
It is a win, win for all.
@Robot: You sir are a Blanking Idiot... you fill in the blank.
Robot ... It strikes me that either you are really young OR Really OLD
And before anyone makes the argument... MJ is only a gateway drug because the pushers selling MJ want to sell more addictive and harmful drugs because that is a better way for them to make money and get you hooked. Legalized it would be no more of a gateway drug then Tobacco, and much less a gateway drug then alcohol sense it doesn't lower inhibitions the alcohol does... in fact in many people it increases paranoia and raises inhibitions.
I do not smoke or drink and I eat a vegan type life style with exercise. People are excessively well informed on how to be healthy every single day. Doing drugs is obviously stupid and self-inflicted harm with a cost to others. I am tired of my taxes and rising health insurance having to pay for other peoples stupid life style choices.
It time to grow up, stop harming yourself and others around you.
F#ck the excuse bullsh#t whine crap.
It's is pretty obviously that government sanctioned refer madness propaganda works for some. Please find me 1 example where marijuana has contribed to death. You have the entire span of written/document human history to give me this example. Please search scientific journals, and medical journals.
I realize the potential for some negative effects such as the schizophrenia study, yet even acetaminophen can have negative side effects or consequences (so can chocolate, in fact bakers chocolate in larges does is high poisonous)
Considering the fact that the US Government even recognizes medicinal qualities and has PATENTED (U.S. Patent #6630507 awarded in 2003 by the department of mental health and hygiene) cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants.
Or simply search google/yahoo/bing - take your pick.
Well a fact is many states of legalize mj and so you’re thinking is becoming standard for some groups of people.
Go bang you head on a tree if that is your choice. Just do not include me or others with idiotic consequences of your choice.
"Idiotic consequences" of your choice?
That sounds like an unbiased opinion.
Its not like the scientific community has proven that pot is less harmfull than that morning coffee, in FACT there is proof of many health benifits to smoking it.
The only "idiotic consequences" we have to deal with is the government that takes advantage of the ignorance of the masses by outlawing a harmless plant and incarseratiing people for victumless crimes; all for thier own profit. Meanwhile forceing little old ladies to go out to the street corner drug dealer.
Here is a drug that can replace the majority of pharmasuticals, but you have to go to a drug dealer to get it, and if your caught smoking it the govt will throw you in jail for years.... ya those are pretty "Idiotic Consequences"
By all means, force us all to live by your biased choices; instead of seeking a PROVEN healthy alternative to what the pharmasutical companies try to push on you.
Your opinion is just as biased. Before I explain I first want you to know that I support legalization and strict regulation of marijuana, but it is important to know what the facts are so that your opinion doesn't also come off as biased.
First off, science hasn't proven that pot is less harmful than coffee. This is jut your biased opinion. There is a lot of scientific literature that demonstrates the positive effects of coffee on longevity, cognitive abilities, and analgesia. If you are referring to the negative effects of coffee, such as the addictive properties of caffeine and anxiogenic properties it can elicit in high doses you need to compare this to the negative effects of pot as well. Pot also matches these negative symptoms perfectly because it can have addictive properties as well as anxiogenic effects in high doses.
As for the health benefits, these are In FACT numerous, but not when it comes to "smoking" it. Smoking any substance is bad for your lungs due to residue and particularly the effects of tar content in pot. Smoking pot also weakens the immune system and increases the likelihood of getting upper respiratory colds and infections. Vaporizers are the best alternative to straight up smoking. I think it is also important to note that the health benefits are most directly related to research into te effects of delta 9 Tetrahydrocannbinol (THC), and currently other natural cannabinoid compounds found in marijuana, but not "pot" and the entirety of compounds that are found in the flowering buds of the plant.
As for the rest of your argument, I won't speculate as to the validity of those statements because I lack the resources to accurately asses it as biased, and such an analysis woul require a significant amount of research in multiple areas to be considered remotely tenable.
There are 279 cases of marijuana contributing to death (as reported by the FDA). I just wanted to point this out to you so you can avoid using this argument in the future. However, that being said, I don't mean to belittle your opinion because these deaths are in no way significant as it relates to the general population or the dangers of marijuana as it pertains to death. These deaths were only reported as marijuana being a secondary cause, which makes tem even more insignificant. I don't think it is really necessary to discuss the dangers of marijuana towards causing death because it is so far removed from beig a toxic substance. I just wanted to point out that there are cases of marijuana contribution to death.
I normally would be against promoting using general search engines like google as a means for finding primary sources on the Internet, but you can find the FDA reference by searching the terms "Marijuana related deaths FDA."
(sorry for the typos, I'm posting from my phone) also I agree with you both, but just felt like encouraging further discussion by leveling the playing field.
Thank you for your well reasoned arguments.
I would just like to clarify a few points.
Yes I know my view is very biased., but I figured if I followed the style of the writer on the shoting of wolves, maybe it'll help push the point across, maybe not.
My use of "pot" is slange I should refrain from using. After all there is no such thing as marajuanna; it is mearly the female hemp plant.
Yes it is far healthier to vaporieze as any inhalation of smoke bring carsenagense that can cause cancer. (good thing marajuanna contains anti-carsenagenic properties:) Also it is true that THC contains little medical benifits, those are primarily found in the canabannoids and other flavannoids. The problem that chemists have encountered is that if you strip away the THC, the other canabannoids lose there medicianel properties.
However, your point on caffene is moot. It is proven that many harmful substances can be benificial if taken in moderation. That is why a doctor can perscribe opiates. In your second statement you say that there are pot related deaths, but only as Secondairy causes. You can not overdose on marajuanna, there are however many, many cases of heart failure from caffenne as a primary cause of death. That is why those under the age of 18 should not consume energy drinks.
Thank you for your reasoned and valid debate.
I know where I'm going for a walk if I cross "The Pond"!
Lol. One of two places that I can think of.
The Free World's air defense artillery schools are located at Fort Bliss, Texas, in El Paso. Why not let them set up an old Vulcan near the pneumatic gun and show the Mexican drug gangs why it's a bad idea to launch stuff over the international border into the US?
And if the impact area of the 20mm rounds happens to be, say, exactly where the gang members are, that would be a real shame. It might just be that the Mexican government would like to participate from their side, too.
Let's see...7.62mm AKs versus a 20mm electrically-fired Gatling cannon. Hmmmmm.
Yep, my money's on the Vulcan.
Hell, they probably got the cannon from Eric Holder along with all the assault weapons.