I need to make one thing very clear. I do not use drugs nor drink alcohol. Although cannabis may have some outstanding medicinal properties and potential industrial (hemp) uses it is not a completely harmless drug but I do agree that it is a very soft drug. However If you do not have a victim then how can you have a crime? Having said all this, I still say that all drugs should be decriminalized because violating such laws are all victimless offenses.
If you are attempting to decriminalize marijuana you have your priorities confused. There are many far more impacting causes on which we should stand up for such as the unlawful NSA bulk surveillance of the American people and the Patriot Act deliberate suspension of our civil rights. This results in the state steadily sinking us into corporatism (a soft form of fascism) and a highly regimented totalitarian society. What we should be doing is rising up to demand the restoration of our constitutional republic. This would cover a whole umbrella of suppressed rights including our freedom to consume any substances that are currently considered contraband.
The war on drugs is not winnable and costing the public untold billions every year as revealed by the Drug War Clock at DrugSense.org. Furthermore, laws that prohibit the use or distribution of these controlled substances appears to have an underlying, sinister, self-serving agenda for those in government or private interests and not for the actual welfare of the general public as we are led on to believe.
This public policy currently has over one million non-violent drug offenders incarcerated. Perhaps society would have been better served if they had been given the option of substance abuse treatment like California has for non-violent first time drug offenders. By criminalizing such substances the federal government is indirectly encouraging criminal enterprises to operate because these substances which will always be in demand can now reap in huge profits. It makes criminals out of ordinary consumers and businessmen.
Much evidence and witnesses testimony exists to suggest that the prohibition of all black market drugs is really a very successful totalitarian policy when we consider just a few of the following points:
- Clientèle: Keep prisons well populated with clients (inmates). This enriches both public-sector labor unions and private prisons. In 2000, an article at corpwatch.org, US: America’s Private Gulag, asserts that private prisons are one of the most lucrative and fastest growing industries in America. Moreover, they also lobby for tough on crime legislation with the likely goal of keeping prisons populated to and beyond capacity. A 2006 Bloomberg Businessweek piece, Private Prisons Have a Lock on Growth, reveals that “From 1995 to 2005, the country’s imprisoned population ballooned by more than 600,000.” Furthermore, a 2011 post at Cal Watchdog, Unions Root Cause Of Prison Problem, blames public unions for prison overcrowding and extraordinary cost overruns in California. This suggests that many who are serving time for non-violent drug offenses may actually be political prisoners.
- Search: A pretext to extend the reach of police to search our person, our automobiles, and our homes without a search warrant for contraband that poses no immediate threat to life or property. This is similar to the Patriot Act and the war on terror. This gives police more power to abuse and coerce the public into obedience for a system that may not be serving their best interests.
- Seizure: The government is given a license to steal automobiles and real property (homes) even when it has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that such items were used in the illegal distribution of controlled substances. A 2010 article at Reason Magazine, The Forfeiture Racket, reveals that many law enforcement jurisdictions are motivated to put this practice on overdrive to overcome impending deficits driven by outrageous compensation for their employees. Furthermore, it demonstrates how courts which are supposed to remain neutral are predominantly siding with the state unless a defendant or a victim of seizure is represented by an attorney to defend against this. Most do not take this route because attorney fees can be substantially higher than the value of seized property.
- Judicial: The more criminal laws that exist the more difficult it becomes to avoid breaking them. This helps to keep court house judges, public defenders, and other employees well staffed. Criminal courts are also where fees, fines, seizures and other penalties are imposed.
- Authoritarian: This extends control over the general public by justifying the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other federal and local drug enforcement departments. Furthermore by keeping them well staffed it is a win-win for government workers and their unions but a huge loss for Joe Public who happens to be a casual user yet remains a functional and peaceful member of society.
- Co-opt: In our lifetime America never had a free-market economy. The federal government tends to lean legislation in favor of big business and unions who can afford to co-opt it by providing funds to support all viable candidates within the same election race. Such corporate influence over the government (at all levels) and the economy is most striking with the 1913 passing of the Federal Reserve Act which granted a monopoly on our money supply to a private central bank. By criminalizing street drugs, especially marijuana, the drug market is controlled so that pharmaceutical corporations are granted an overwhelming advantage by minimizing competition from alternative and possibly far more effective forms of medication. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and alcohol and tobacco companies are also suspect to be complicit in this.
- Imperialism: Impose control over local and overseas spheres of influence within illegal-drug exporting nations (e.g. Nicaragua, Columbia, Bolivia, Mexico, Afghanistan, etc.). It justifies the federal government to utilize its military to control the flow of narcotics. This is usually initiated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who will attempt to bribe heads of state into permitting our military to assist them. Such control is often extended to a host nation’s economy, infrastructure, and its freshly installed puppet government as revealed by former CIA contractor John Perkins in the 2009 documentary film, Apology of an Economic Hit Man and in his 2008 talk The Secret History of the American Empire. This foreign relations policy becomes very lucrative for defense contractors such as Lochkeed Martin and Raytheon, and construction companies like Halliburton an Bechtel.
- Revenue: It provides an additional stream of money for federal agencies such as the CIA to fund illicit activities throughout the world upon which such funds and their sources must remain secret and therefore off the books. Perhaps these agents are also personally enriching themselves with this unaccountable source of wealth. CIA drug trafficking has been known for some time now yet suppressed by the mainstream media. This is very clearly revealed by an early (1988) Ron Paul interview, Ron Paul on CIA Drug Trafficking. Another such explosive revelation occurred in 1996 in a public forum as a former Los Angeles Police narcotics detective confronted then CIA Director John M. Deutch on how he witnessed drug trafficking by CIA agents. For more evidence please view CIA plane crash lands with four tons of coke | The Arnprior News and CIA Corruption – CIA Drug Trafficking.
- Debilitation: No government agency truly wants to win the war on drugs. All evidence seems to suggest that it only wants to secure control over it and not cease flow as we are led on to believe. The real goal may be to keep feeding the public a controlled quantity just enough to debilitate it yet not so much that it becomes dysfunctional. Indirect evidence of this is revealed by a 2010 Prison Planet production, Alan Watt on Alex Jones Infowars Complete Oct-2010 Interview (HD, mirror) , in which he asserts that Americans are systematically debilitated through legislation, indoctrination (especially through television and mass media), and the deliberate execution of a shock and awe mass crises onto the general public. Similar nefarious revelations are also revealed in another Prison Planet interview, Charlotte Iserbyt: The Scientific Destruction of Minds For The Brave New World, in which she alleges to have first-hand knowledge of how the Department of Education has been deliberately dumbing down the children of this great nation. These two sources are relevant because they reveal the malevolent nature of the federal government. Therefore, it is not unreasonable to suggest that the government is systematically debilitating society with controlled or toxic substances.
- Facade: This keeps society, especially young people, further under the subjugation of the state by creating the deception that the war on drugs exists to protect us from ourselves and criminals who distribute such substances. This facade is exactly that, an illusion because all evidence, betrayals, mismanagement, overspending, perpetual growth, and almost no accountability by the institution of government suggests that it is only there to serve itself and the entities who lobby to influence it. However, there may be a glimmer of hope to reverse some of this insanity as recent events demonstrate.
A Glimmer of Hope
In 1996, California citizens passed Proposition 215 to legalize medical marijuana. Since then, twenty two more states and the District of Columbia have passed their own legislation as informed by an article at Procon.org, 23 Legal Medical Marijuana States and DC, which legalizes the limited use, possession, cultivation, and distribution of cannabis. Of these, five states do not require a medical requirement for consumption as informed at an article at NORML.org entitled States that Have Legalized Marijuana (for personal use). Currently there is one state, Pennsylvania, with pending legislation to legalize medical marijuana as revealed at another Procon.org article entitled One State with Pending Legislation to Legalize Medical Marijuana. The success of such legislation is demonstrated at a 2011 episode of SoCal Connected entitled, Reefer Madness, on how in the City of Los Angeles there are now more pot clinics than Starbucks, McDonalds, and 7-Elevens combined.
A good source for learning about the legal specifics within your jurisdiction is to visit, NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). It also provides a wealth of information on both news and activism to get the prohibition on marijuana repealed.
Regardless, one must always remain vigilant. At the federal level it is still illegal as the presidency of George W. Bush often reminded us with DEA raids on medical marijuana dispensaries. President Obama has promised not to enforce federal laws in states where medical marijuana has been legalized. Thus far there are mixed reports on whether he has been true to his word.
The cold hard reality is that almost no one in government truly cares for the welfare of the general public. Almost every law with the perceived goal of micromanaging one’s personal life or protecting society, such as criminalizing victimless offenses and nanny-state laws, is an agenda for privileged opportunists in society who have hidden, self-serving motives. The war on drugs is really a war on you. Just say no to this betrayal.
Recommended Reading and Viewing
A following are good sources to learn more about or combat the authoritarian war on drugs.
- Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
- NORML Working to reform medical marijuana laws
- Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
- Marijuana Policy Project
- Many more relevant articles by punkrocklibertarians.com
Top image courtesy of High Times Magazine.
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