Former weed dealers are angry because they aren't getting a piece of the government's racket selling pot in Massachusetts. It would be funny if – no, wait, it is funny.

The Boston Globe had a front-page story this week about how the criminals that occupied the illegal drug world are disappointed in the results of the 2016 legalization of the recreational use and sale of cannabis in Massachusetts.

Some of them thought they would get a slice of the cash from the state.

Stop laughing. Please stop laughing.

According to the Globe, some of the people who were "victims of the drug war" believed they would get houses and jobs from the weed money they weren't collecting but the Commonwealth now was collecting.

Stop saying chronic marijuana use doesn't have a negative impact on a human's ability to think and reason.

Anybody who has been in prison in Massachusetts for a marijuana-related conviction was making money breaking the law and they were likely involved in other crimes. At the risk of scaring you, allow me to explain that in the world of illegal drugs there are all kinds of scams and ripoffs and lots of violence. There are no innocent parties involved in the sale of illegal drugs, not even in the world of marijuana. The pot advocates like to pretend they operated in a family-friendly, Disney-like world of happy hippies and naturalists. They are lying and they know it.

If you sold drugs successfully, you made lots of money and you had to find a way to collect that money and to protect your pot and your cash.

Now some of those illegal marijuana dealers are complaining that they aren't getting a paycheck from Massachusetts. And they are getting some of their advocates to put forward the idea that this is all a racist plot by the Democrats who control the state legislature.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at chris.mccarthy@townsquaremedia.com and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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