Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:23:01 GMT
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Passengers aboard a Megabus were stuck in Fort Deposit on Wednesday after the bus suffered a mechanical issue and the driver became ill. A spokesperson for Megabus told WSFA 12 News that the bus was headingMore >>
Passengers aboard a Megabus were stuck in Fort Deposit on Wednesday after the bus suffered a mechanical issue and the driver became ill.More >>
Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying to the small Taiwanese island on Thursday where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48. There were 10 survivors, and authorities...More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:43 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:43:00 GMT
Autauga County authorities say a meth operation was busted and three people were arrested thanks to an anonymous tip. Billy Ray Kizziah, 21, of Deatsville, Joe Davis Henderson, 22, of Marbury, and KimberlyMore >>
Autauga County authorities say a meth operation was busted and three people were arrested thanks to an anonymous tip.More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:24 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:24:41 GMT
The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the past year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.More >>
A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.More >>
Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:22:15 GMT
By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:More >>
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PHOENIX (CBS5) -
It's something Mexico's President Felipe Calderone has been pushing for. He's said in multiple interviews one of the ways to stop the drug war is for the United States to legalize pot.
Last week voters in Colorado and Washington state gave recreational marijuana the go-ahead. However, former Phoenix DEA Special Agent in Charge Phil Jordan says Calderone's statements are off base. He said the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state won't slow smugglers.
"The federal government supersedes state and local government. Marijuana is still illegal," said Jordan.
For now, America's most popular drug still has to be grown illegally, whether it's here in the United States or south of the border.
"If those people who are growing the marijuana in the US think that they can compete with the cartels they're in for a rude awakening," said Jordan.
Jordan told CBS 5 drug cartels are masters of the black market and their resources are infinite. Last year alone U.S. border agents confiscated nearly 2 million pounds of marijuana. There is no telling how much made it across.
"As far as the cartels losing any revenue, it's not going to happen at least not in the near future. The key point here is as long as the drugs coming in from Colombia and Mexico and Southeast Asia, the traffickers, the cartels will know how to bring it in," said Jordan.
Jordan believes legalization is not the answer. He said the only thing that will solve this country's problem with drugs is prevention, education and treatment.
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