By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog
OSAWATOMIE, Kan. — In Kansas, the War on Drugs is really just the war on marijuana.
At least, that’s the picture painted by the latest statistics from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
KBI stats show marijuana was involved in about 8,000 law enforcement incidents during 2013. For the record, marijuana busts account for more law enforcement involvement than cocaine, meth, heroin, LSD and all other drugs combined.
The statistics don’t include figures from Topeka, Overland Park, Olathe and Kansas City. Those municipalities don’t track specific drug types.
Yes, while Kansas’ neighbor to the west has legalized the nation’s most widely used recreational drug (excluding alcohol and tobacco), the Sunflower State continues to come down hard on cannabis.
One possible reason is something that Kansas law enforcement have known for years — marijuana means money.
It just depends which side of the legal fence you’re on.
In the past decade, according to documents provided by the Kansas Department of Revenue, law enforcement agencies statewide have split a combined $6.3 million reaped from assessment of the state’s drug tax stamp law. Marijuana and other drugs may be illegal to possess, it still won’t stop the government from trying to tax you for it.
While that dollar amount isn’t broken out by drug type, it’s not a hard to figure that for law enforcement, marijuana is the real cash crop.
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