The Mainstream Media’s Promoting Marijuana Myth Makers and Prohibition Junkies

The longtime government supporters of Cannabis Prohibition are very nervous about the upcoming binding ballot initiative in California which appears on track to be approved by millions of state voters. There is much evidence for this assertion:

A few weeks ago the Los Angeles Times published a so-called unprecedented ‘jointly’ signed letter by all of the former drug czars (aka, Directors of the Office of Drug Control Policy) crowing against cannabis and the voter initiative in California that is likely going to pass this November 2nd. Ironically, or not, when readers go to the Los Angeles Times’ webpage to read the former czars rant-n-rave, they’re pitched cannabis-related Google ads.

It is hard to imagine Cannabis Prohibition surviving too much longer when pro-cannabis ads ring government propaganda!

This week the Wall Street Journal regrettably compromised its usual rhetorical commitment to ‘less government’, more ‘free markets’ and ‘personal responsibility’ by publishing an absurdly argued op-ed from every previous administrator from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) calling on the Obama administration to actively oppose the democratic will of the voters in America’s most important state politically and economically if they choose, as it appears likely they will based on recent polling, to legalize cannabis for responsible adult use, sales and taxation.

Why the ‘we don’t like big government’ and free market-oriented editorial page editors of the Wall Street Journal decided to  shill for a federal government agency, who, according to a report from the Office of Management and Budget is little more than a bureaucratic sacred cow, has one of the worse performance records in the history of otherwise bloated inside-the-beltway bureaucracies that the Journal editors usually relish skewing is beyond me.

Firstly, the rant from these former ‘head narcs’ against the Democratic Obama administration comes mainly from partisan Republicans.

Second, as has been noted in NORML’s submitted letter-to-the-editor at the Wall Street Journal (which we understand will be published on Monday, October 11) and at Reason, these former DEA heads make a flaccid and intellectually dishonest assertion that a state must be saddled with a failed federal public policy like Cannabis Prohibition in contradiction to the popular will of it’s voters. Really? Is this true? Then why do states like California, Colorado, New Mexico, District of Columbia, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Maine have systems in place to authorize the retail sale of medical cannabis and to tax the product as well?

Is the sole focus on ‘legalization’ by these former anti-drug technocrats a left-handed acknowledgement that medical cannabis use and sales are in fact lawful and taxed commerce at the state level now, while at the same time trying advance the unpersuasive argument that states sanctioning and taxing non-medical cannabis is now going over some kind of impermissible line of state autonomy? Or worse, a violation of international treaties?

One can understand on the level of myth-making, propagandizing, brain-washing, indoctrinating, embracing pseudo science and possessing the most tin ears politically why these men (and a woman) who’ve represented the ‘big lie’ to the American public and Congress for so long are reticent to  1) acknowledge that they were at all wrong in opposing cannabis legalization (even notably medical access and industrial hemp), 2) that they’re logically afraid of rightly being branded as ‘liars’ and 3) having to cop to the hundreds of billions of tax dollars that have been both wasted and left uncollected for decades…to say nothing of the 21 million arrests and millions of incarcerations since 1937.

One can almost feel bad for these individuals for a nanosecond when considering how badly pop culture is currently treating them, and how I personally believe history will likely cast dark shadows over their championing of Cannabis Prohibition.

What do I mean by ‘casting dark shadows’?

Here’s two prime examples from the list of former DEA heads:

After making a reputation at the DEA for opposing NORML’s administrative law victory in challenging the DEA’s mis-scheduling of cannabis in Schedule I, Jack Lawn went on to fame and fortune as the CEO of the Century Council–the main non-profit organization funded by the hard booze lobby to promote ‘alcohol awareness and to deter youth access and drunk driving’.

Peter Bensinger, who has a business partnership with former drug czar Robert DuPont providing anti-drug advice to fortune 500 companies and drug testing services (including to members of Congress), also has a daughter who used to be a spokesmodel for Miller Beer.

Yep…you can’t make this stuff up!

These lame and too-late-to-the-game monologues by all of these former government agency heads who made careers (and small fortunes) lying about cannabis and demonizing cannabis consumers and patients in the Los Angeles Times (shame on you!) and the Wall Street Journal (doubly shame on you!) are likely going to be as successful as the last and great ‘unprecedented’ attempt by Cannabis Prohibition’s A-Team to thwart the direct will of the citizens regarding setting a new path to end prohibition, when, every living US president (Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush 1.0 and Clinton) signed a 1996 op-ed for the Los Angeles Times (so much shame for this paper’s historical support for Cannabis Prohibition!) against a then supposedly radical and society-threatening Prop. 215–which the voters approved in California at a higher rate than they did for returning President Clinton back to office.

As has been predicted recently by a number of polling firms and political scientists in California, the state’s voters may well endorse in greater numbers for legalizing cannabis in three weeks then they will in supporting any major political candidates for elective office. One would think that these mainstream, duopoly political candidates would finally say ‘Uncle!’ and end their stubborn and unfounded opposition to a long-sought end to cannabis prohibition in California if only out of the pure embarrassment of how wrong they’ve been in bucking public sentiment and the free market.

Something tells me I probably shouldn’t hold my breath.

35 thoughts

  1. Marijuana is good.Alcohol is bad. God made weed, man made alcohol.

    Just legalize it, it helps me get A’s on my college exams,relieves my stress from a long week at school, helps me study with school work and keeps my adhd under control. It grows out of the ground and looks beautiful and smells Godly.

  2. I think its a pride thing with the DEA. They have enjoyed putting fear into the hearts of the American people for so many years now. They don’t want to budge an inch even when they are wrong. They could care less about democracy. All the TV shows that are on about them. They like being looked upon as Gods. If they want our respect they should stop the great lie. I know our law enforcement officers puts their lives on the line for us everyday. God bless them for that and keep them safe.

  3. I predict 75% in favor of prop 19. Just to show these idiot politicians who is running this show.

  4. The second I see good old Gil as a reference my eyes just roll back into my head. Just took a look at the official voters guide and apparently prop 19 will “endanger” 9.4 billion in schools. Absolutely ridiculous. I am assuming that would be from Federal funds being withheld and at that I laugh. What better way to help society than to strong-arm our political agenda by taking away education from the next generation. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

  5. The last time I checked we live in a democracy. Why are so many politicians vehemently opposed to the will of the people? They are willing to go as far as circumventing the whole democratic process! They need to take a deep breath and repeat after me… Of the people, for the people, and by the people!!

  6. Some of you know me as JackTheGrower from the Site I in the process of moving to but those are my credentials so i mention that.
    I am a 10 year Medical person is Stanislaus county. A county where the DEA was successful is stopping local Dr’s from recommending Cannabis and a place where dispensaries have been banned all these 14 years with at least on False arrest of the owner of one of two dispensaries that did try and open.

    Nice Article.. And Yes we should note who is on the Prohibition Dream Team!
    We should really write it down Literally so we can NOT VOTE for them again!

    I am in Stanislaus County and we still have no official medical dispensary.
    I have had no success obtaining work as well being a legal and responsible Medical person.
    The Cannabis word was until a few months ago still like declaring one is a Communist in the middle of a Republican Convention and asking for their endorsement in the upcoming theoretical elections.

    I wish to point out that if prop 19 passes we should NOT FORGET our real Medical Brothers and Sisters!

    There is still a need for Canna-Justice.

    That the main consumer base will be less willing to pay for a medical recommendation means that those who are honestly Medical and working to provide for Medical people still need our support and love.

    So do vote! Do realize that prop 19 and the property ownership clause is a bad thing but for Gawds Sake please help the rest of us Medical people have some freedom and Community even after Prop 19 vote!

    Don’t forget that the war is not over and we all shouldn’t get stuck in the “I GOTS MINE” frame of mind if prop 19 passes.

    Lastly, if Prop 19 doesn’t pass consider joining a community group to help in 2012. The only thing between us and Cann-freedom is our own laziness.

    Thank You for this opportunity to share my points of view.

  7. Combining its medicinal, industrial, spiritual and now recreational potential makes cannabis at least one of, if not the most beneficial substance on the planet. That the politicians and still way too large a minority of people believe and/or contend it’s a bad thing is testimony to the power of propaganda. Thankfully, we’ve got centuries of evolution since the discovery of cannabis, people who still remember how to use their brains, and the approaching end of this period of devolution for man.

  8. Willie we don’t live in a democracy. It is a constitutional republic, or so the intent was supposed to be.

    The issue of whether you own your body or not should not be decided by a majority vote. You should ALWAYS own yourself, period. Check out the website below for a better explanation. Peace.

  9. i have NEVER understood why republicans are so opposed to legalization, like you said, small government, free market ppl like the tea partiers should say, ‘the people want it’

    it must be the right wing Chrisitians (God made marijuana)

    i am conservative. i am Christian. i smoke pot.

  10. I wouldn’t hold my breath when the majority of the voter volume most politicians aim at are still reefer madness generational for the most part. Everyone loves the voice of the younger generations but they simply do not get out in the same numbers or have the awareness of politics that the 50+ range has.

    However it is looking promising this time around to see a push to the polls by the younger voter that I pray will be the eye opener the Hill needs to understand that this is not just “…our online audience…” Maybe not the most important single issue voter item by some standards, but everyday people are waking up the reality this is tied into many of the larger issues they care about.

    Maybe this was not the best election cycle for this push. But like many in this fight, there is simply too many years that can pass and far too many lives lost by waiting on Utopian ideals; timing or legislation.

    Plus I dont think the czar’s listened to their advisors. That unified front is one of the worse things to do when you want to dismiss the legitimacy of a movement. Having stood up together they have simply provided more proof of a failed policy and how important this vote really is to the world in starting the wall crumbling.

  11. I’m a 60-yr-old female Californian, who’s been smoking pot DAILY since 1967. I and my old man both have medical marijuana “recommendations,” and are allowed to grow our own “medicine” (we’re harvesting right now).

    This morning I turned on CNN, where there was a “debate” of sorts, going on about Prop 19. The news anchor (“Tony”) 1st asked the PRO-19 woman some questions, which included some nonsense about young people, who, if Prop 19 is passed, would likely hang out behind pot “stores,” asking adults to buy pot for them (similar to kids outside a 7-Eleven asking an adult to by liquor for them)…

    Which, of course, fed right into the ANTI-19 guy’s paranoid pot fears — “What about the youth? If Prop 19 is passed, how will we protect our children??”

    I’ve always considered myself an “ambassador” for pot legalization, which means I AM engaged in the political process (and I DO VOTE!), I CAN follow the conversation, using polysyllabic words, and I CAN remember EVERYTHING, whether it happened 30 years ago, or 30 minutes ago! In short, after 43 years of using pot, I have NOT lost brain cells, I have NOT moved on to harder drugs, and I’m in great health (considering I’ve had Type 1, Insulin-dependent Diabetes since 1969!), all attributes I credit marijuana use with. To paraphrase Gertrude Stein, “Enough is enough is enough”!

    I agree with others here who mentioned the Feds (and their followers) almost HAVE to perpetuate their deeply-flawed pot propaganda, as the alternative is too much for them:

    1. Admit they, and their policies, are ERRONEOUS;
    2. Explain, and justify, to the American public, the expenditures wasted on pot prohibition, when NOT ONE OBJECTIVE of this “war” has been achieved!

    Let’s get Prop 19 passed people! Vote “YES”!

    Stay Well, Stay High and Peace!

  12. Who gives a darn what these worthless, uneducated, unemployed ex drug czars have to say. They are nothing but a bunch of liars!!!!!!!!!

  13. The “War OF Drugs” and the “War OF Terror” are two USA government agendas that are joined at the hip, like Siamese Twins. They share similar if not identical goals — the suppression of human rights, the suppression of USA civil rights and liberties, and the promulgation of the rise of the domestic police state & the USA as “World Policeman” in support of crony corporatist commercial interests.

    Those interests, that span the gamut from Big Pharma, Big Agra, energy companies, tobacco & alcoholic beverage, law enforcement & the Military Industrial Complex, and wood pulp/paper/cotton/construction products, and international banking services. Small to no surprise that current and former Federal LEO & DEA representatives fully back the continuation of the “War OF Drugs”.

    And since before 9/11/2001, exactly how many of the domestic “terrorist plots” were busted by Federal informants/instigators against persons who otherwise might have been guilty of no more than “pre-crime” thought crimes, with a vocal disenchantment of current USA foreign policies? — most (do your own research via google)!

    An upstream poster or two mentioned that the USA is a republic, and not a democracy. (A pure democracy is like two wolves and a sheep voting over what to have for supper.) But the USA has long ago ceased to be a true Republic, since most of our politicians vote for their personal agendas & pocketbooks, rather than express the will & best interests of the people themselves.

    Why else would both Democratic and Republican Parties, when firmly grasping the reins of power in this country in turn, continue the inexorable devolution into an overbearing and militarized police state, with government by, for, and of the corporatist interests?

    The “War OF Drugs” and Prohibition 2.0 were borne of a synergy of crony corporatist commercial interests and fascistic-minded government entities imbued with the propaganda lie machine that began with the Spanish-American War and World War I.

    There have been two thoughtful scientifically based studies sponsored by government & taxpayer that have already occurred, found wanting regarding support for cannabis persecution, and then buried as “irrelevant”: The La Guardia Commission Report, which urged decriminalization, and the Shafer Commission Report, which urged re-legalization. No more studies are really needed — only the will of the government at all levels, Federal, State, & Local, to finally do the right thing and end the “War OF Drugs” and Prohibition 2.0.

    Our political leadership might just be pleasantly surprised to find widespread acceptance among the majority of voters, as well as a tremendous net economic stimulus to the USA’s GDP, in spite of those crony corporatist commercial interests that would suffer for a period of time. Just say NOW!

  14. Why the ‘we don’t like big government’ and free market-oriented editorial page editors of the Wall Street Journal decided to shill for a federal government agency, who, according to a report from the Office of Management and Budget is little more than a bureaucratic sacred cow, has one of the worse performance records in the history of otherwise bloated inside-the-beltway bureaucracies that the Journal editors usually relish skewing is beyond me.
    There are many people who are like Mort Zuckerman, extremely wealthy and under the delusion that re-legalizing marijuana will “hurt productivity.”

    All bow down to money! Money equals intelligence! Rich = smart, poor = dumb!

    Mortimer is often on the McLaughlin Group TV show and has on more than one occasion expressed his disapproval of ending the Evil Religion of Hate (Drug War). Basically he’s one of The Deceived who’ve latched on to Drug Warrior lies that I will not give air to right now.

    Of course one has to take his predictions and ability to accurately ascertain character with a grain of salt. He did have significant investments with Bernie Madoff. Poof!

    Also, one of the things these people have in mind is “the cost of doing business.” Just like the cartels expect a certain amount of drugs to be confiscated, etc… they produce more upfront. So I don’t doubt that some of the WSJ crowd just consider the ONDCP, the DEA, etc… to be necessary evils, because, perhaps, like so many others, they’ve bought into so many EVIL Drug Warrior lies. And I mean both figuratively bought in as well as financially bought in.

    Basically (most/many) of those people have a singular stereotype which they cling to: the lazy stoner. They don’t realize that many people use marijuana for tons of reasons, many of which not only greatly increase the quality of their lives, but of others’ too. So yes, marijuana can “increase productivity.”

    Although I’ve said all that, I don’t doubt there are other reasons which come in to play.

  15. I’m a STRONG supporter of Cannabis legalization, although I have to point out the fact that man did no create nor make beer. God is the one responsible for the creation of any alcohol that is known to man. yeast, an organism that god created, “feeds” off of sugar sources, and the by product of which, is Co2 and alcohol. The beverage we know as beer is purely because man has created an environment where the yeast feed off the sugars released from the mashing part of the brewing process, thus creating a barley-alcohol drink. Think about it, God makes wine, beer and Cannabis. If you think about it, god is responsible for anything that is created either indirectly, or directly. We are people of him. But yeah, Cannabis should be legalized.

  16. The Prohibition Industrial Complex is a hungry beast. . . and represents the worst of human nature. Cannabis is a nurturing plant . . . mother nature’s best. Jack boots are heavy, but I’m casting my lot with earth, rain, seed and sun. Looking forward and back, which, after all, persists?

  17. Ernst Berg Says@ #9:
    Don’t forget that the war is not over and we all shouldn’t get stuck in the “I GOTS MINE” frame of mind if prop 19 passes.

    Absolutely, there are millions of us in hard core prohibition states that are suffering. Please dont forget us. Passing prop 19 will help pave the way for other states to change but, that wont be enough.

    David762 Says @ #19:
    An upstream poster or two mentioned that the USA is a republic, and not a democracy. (A pure democracy is like two wolves and a sheep voting over what to have for supper.) But the USA has long ago ceased to be a true Republic, since most of our politicians vote for their personal agendas & pocketbooks, rather than express the will & best interests of the people themselves.

    Thanks David , I also noted these comments.It is sad that many dont know the difference.

    Democracy is 51% of the people taking away the rights of the other 49%.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

    “Corruptisima republica plurimae leges.”
    [The more corrupt a republic, the more laws.]
    ~ Tacitus, Annals III 27

    And we are lawing ourselves right out of freedom.

    “Republic . . .
    it means people can live free,
    talk free, go or come, buy or sell,
    be drunk or sober, however they choose.”
    ~ John Wayne

    “Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.”
    From Benito Mussolini
    “London Sunday Express,” December 8, 1935

    “The passing of an unjust law
    is the suicide of authority.”
    ~ Pastoral Letter of the American Roman Catholic Hierarchy, February 192

    “Of all tyrannies,
    a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims
    may be the most oppressive.”
    – C.S. Lewis,
    in “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment,”
    ~ an essay from “God In The Dock”

  18. Nixon Is DEAd and rotting along nicely.

    Proposition 19 Marks The Starting

    The Place where every member can lay down and rest

    Surrender to The Higher Power

  19. Do you have a secret place where you know you find safety?

    Do you wonder?

    Proposition 19 is not about getting high

    It is about human emancipation

  20. Democracy is when two wolves and a sheep vote on what’s for lunch. I can’t seem to find the word democracy in the Constitution of the United States.

  21. First of all: THC is as legal as any drug.
    Second: The sovereign state has the “right” to rgulate drugs in that state. Feds have no competing interest.
    Third: The American Policy negates compelling governmental interest insofar as medicinal cannabis is concerned.
    Finally: Religious use is protected in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – RFRA. as a sacrament.

    So! somebody better do their homework because they’re definately out of school, and in left field.

  22. In the LA Times article posted by all the former drug czars against prop 19 they actually said the following…

    “Law enforcement officers do not currently focus much effort on arresting adults whose only crime is possessing small amounts of marijuana.”

    Uh huh…yeah right…

    What a bunch of liars.

  23. 32 JS

    Drug Czars are required to lie – by law. We know that! That is why we don’t believe a damn word they say. But that is their disgrace – not ours. They’re just blowing smoke up the public’s ass, and the public is responding to their mendacity by voting yes on 19.
    We should take the positive view – and laugh in their face. Liar, liar, pants on fire!

  24. They’re going to keep trying to fight the inevitable until the very end. For once it’s seeming like we’re the ones that can finally say that they’re fighting a futile battle and they’ll never succeed…

    Then again, they have the disadvantage of not having really much of anything but a lot of lies and bias built up over the years to back their position, which makes it seem pretty incredible that they actually thought that they could continue to claim whatever they wanted about something that many people are becoming increasingly familiar with through both first hand experience, knowing those with first hand experience, and in large part through the monolith of free and available information that is the internet.

    All the ridiculous myths and prejudices against cannabis and it’s users are fading as the elderly who lived in the age of fear and bigotry that fueled this war on drugs begin to pass the country down to those who grew up in an age of information where for every insane perversion of reality those who’s benefit from prohibition put forth as “fact” or an argument, there’s information just a few keystrokes away that can show how ridiculous it really is.

    Unfortunately we still don’t have this in the bag though, but I know from personal experience those who know the truth want everyone to know, so I have no doubt in my mind that before long this twisted charade will be a thing for the history books, something our children, or maybe our grandchildren, will read and ask “How could anyone have actually wanted or allowed that to happen?”

    Hell, we don’t need to wait to have people asking that question, more and more are asking every day…and at some point so many will demand an answer that those backing this war on drugs won’t be able to afford to ignore them, and won’t be able to pacify them by conjuring up their tired lies and excuses any longer.

  25. The feds have said – they don’t care what California says – they’re going to aggressively bust law. If Cooley or Harris are elected Attorney General California will be in deep trouble. We at least know that Cooley is a law breaker.

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