So is that racist? No apologies here. That's just the way it is.
We, as out of state observers, hoped with the experiment of legalizing marijuana in states like Colorado and Washington that one result would be that the other, more lethal, drug industry would suffer. The rationale is that the illegal drug dealers might peddle marijuana for recreational use with the hope that customers might be tempted to try something heavier. It was all illegal anyway, so why not try something new? Marijuana was the gateway drug only in that customer had to get involved with a dealer who had more expensive merchandise he would be happy to provide.
With the legalization of marijuana the illegal drug dealer got cut out of the loop along with his inventory of hard drugs. The hope is that the hard drug business all the way back to the Mexican cartels will suffer badly.
That's good news. But that's just the first phase. When the cartels are going bankrupt that would be even better news. Here's the bad news: The pot farmers have switched to heroin poppies. But if the theory holds, that business will not flourish.
It's a grand experiment, and let's hope it's a successful one.