“The Drug Warriors Cashing In on Pot Prohibition”

“Former public servants, from DEA chiefs to cops, are using their clout to lobby for drug policies that enrich themselves.”

That’s the sub-headline on today’s exceptional feature story on highlighting the revolving door of moneyed interests in perpetuating the war on cannabis.

Author Kevin Gray, whose work has appeared in numerous outlets including The Washington Post, articulately summarizes the role of former drug czars, cops, federal bureaucrats, and others who lobby the keep the drug war machine moving forward — and, as a result, line their own pockets.

“The time-honored revolving door between government and business swings fast and often. It can be straightforward, like the appointment of banking behemoth Goldman Sachs’ alumni as economic policymakers by recent presidential administrations. But when it comes to the drug war, the family tree is more like a thicket of interests among law enforcement, federal and state prisons, pharmaceutical giants, drug testers and drug treatment programs—all with an economic stake in keeping pot illegal.”

The whole story is really a must read. Here is the link to the full text.

67 thoughts

  1. But…but…but what about the children?!!
    I thought the “war on cannabis” was to protect the children, and have them become future prohibitionist.

  2. Much of the recent talk generated by the 10-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq focused on how so many in politics and the news media had been so wrong, so unwilling to question the rationale for that war and jump on the bandwagon. To me, the elephant in the room has always been the drug war, and especially the war on all things cannabis. The same denial dynamic is at work there as was with Iraq. Kevin Gray’s story shows one big reason, maybe the primary reason, why this insanity has become so entrenched with regard to marijuana, the most popular illegal substance and primary focus of the drug war.

  3. Cannabis prohibition has always been a scheme:
    – to profit, to control, and to inflict

    EVEN if we assumed, (however incorrectly), that the supposed potential issues regarding the impact of cannabis WERE true-
    -none of them are reasons it should remain illegal.

    Cigarettes, due almost exclusively to the additives, are among the absolute most addictive elements for consumption found on the planet.

    Alcohol causes almost as much physical, psychological, and societal harm as even the nastiest of abused pharmaceuticals and underworld chemicals. – YET it has had its prohibition REPEALED because leadership saw that its prohibition was far more costly than even its impact.

    Cannabis is almost completely risk-free:
    physical and physiological addiction are almost nil, if at all possible.

    (‘habit-forming’ is more of a Pavlovian response, where even getting dressed in a certain order can be deemed ‘habit forming’)

    Again and again -> thanks NORML
    for leading the way.

    Back NORML and we will finally win this fight, and NORML will stay with us and help lay the foundation of liberty in a well-reasoned structure.

  4. You would expect such things as this happening in other countries but not in America. Not in the land of the free. How do those people sleep at night doing what they do? They don’t want it legalized and you can just bet they don’t EVER want it completely stopped. Either way would end their cash cow. Unreal!!

  5. This conflict of interest is rampant in the drug war. And, so many young people’s lives are ruined with a marijuana conviction. It is clear to me, this is the new slavery. Corporations and banks are hiding behind a thin veil of morality when it comes to marijuana and marijuana use, that is crumbling. Eventually, these “drug warriors” are going to be seen for what they are: senseless exploiters of selective human beings for their own financial gain. How barbaric that this still goes on.

  6. Bob DuPont once said that marijuana is “10,000 times more likely to produce mild intoxication than alcohol”…..this found it’s way into a Jehovah Witness book called Reason….I have confronted several witnesses about this reefer mad statement that they they have been reprinting now for 30 years!

  7. I love it……this is one serious problem our society faces everyday, and that is how are we going to pay our bills, where is our next meal going to come from. I tell my wife everyday, where we need to cut spending to adjust our budget, but we cant do anything about it but hold our breath and see what happends on the other side. Greed of the war on drugs is still in conflict that those who have proffited from its establishment are now becomming closer and closer to the spot light, and in my opinion , some are trying to hold on to the ” pay no attention to the mad behind the curtain” while others are thinking ” ok, first things first lets start a new agency thats almost like our old one with a bigger smile”kinda like petting a barking dog for the first time.

    I wish federal government would see that just because cannabis is off of the 1970 CSA, that there is still plenty of monies to be made from controling contraban from hitting our public , like the new waves of synthetic drugs, that will harm our future , that is still in place because its more less untraceable in the human system, this stuff was bought legal right in front of the cops in my area because there was no harm in it. as a matter of fact the cops told me and my friend to have a nice day after i held the package of it in public walking past him. After using this new wave of legal cannabis the only question i could find myself asking over and over and over was , why is cannabis illegal? I not ashammed to talk about something that was once legal and now is not, um kinda like cannabis, I stick to my decission that the synthetic drug market will hurt our future and should be on the CSA list , um but isnt? Now I dont believe that all our un registered grow site should be allowed,like those close to schools and those un gaurded where children can access , because just like sex and national security it has a place and out in the public view for all , is not it. The world is filled with people who think what they do and how they act is only a problem for those around them, when the rule of society clearly states people can only function as a whole when we accept the actions of those around us, meaning you cant be drunk in public, we should use foul language a church…ect…
    We are regulated in a sence by moral value, and those who arent will be the first ones in line to be arrested even with cannabis legal , because they are the first ones while its not legal.

    In the end my main purpose of this post is that if we cant win a war on drugs , and we see how much it cost….then maybe its time to regroup and get the ducks in a row. Cannabis prohibition needs to be ended , but war on drugs will never die, because of all the bureaucracies that feed off of it, and the fact remains , somethings we need to be protected from….because of the destruction they cause…….and will.

    as always
    thanks for reading

  8. Countries such as Denmark have been looking at legalization of cannabis and the possibility of importing product from Colorado and Washington States. A meeting is set for this Friday with US Officials in this matter. I read this in a story on medical marijuana site holds a plethora of information about what is happening with marijuana.

  9. Gotta fight fire with fire. Who can counter the prohibitionists’ lobby efforts? The answer lies in who stands to gain enough from legalization that they have more interest in legalizing it than the prohibitionists have in keeping it illegal. When the pro-legalization entities unite and lobby hard enough, then we’ll finally have a showdown and things will change. Until then, it’s up to democracy and legislatures, and they move like molasses. Too bad it’s not just obvious to everyone in the world that prohibition is just a fundamental infraction on civil rights and that’s all there is to it. Free country? Sort of.

  10. @Mark– Try this acronym for why they’re called PIGS: “Prison-Industrial-Government Syndicate.”

  11. Exposed are those who profit from outdated policy. The more Americans know this, the less they can keep getting away with it.
    Slowly but surely, we are winning.

  12. No more oppression!!!

    We as American adults with free will
    have the right to use marijuana
    if we choose to!!!

    ENOUGH government profiteering
    under the guise of morality!!!

    ENOUGH with this phony “War On Drugs”!!!

  13. Dont forget the emergence of private prisons and the fact that undercovers can sell seized weed back onto the street if its in an attempt to fry a bigger fish

  14. Hi everyone i have medical condition that,has not,or cant not even be explain to me from the DOCTORS so if i get some relief from the use of marijuana, legal or not but as a person be told do with my on physical body and physical well being?

  15. Wow. The intelligence and liberty that flows through this blog is amazing. I’m very proud of Normal and all those who follow. Don’t ever want to hear my cannabis called dope again.

  16. I don’t have to read the story because i was telling everybody this long before anyone figured it out .Usually i got laughed at before anyone figured out what i was saying was the truth . I also tell you pharma invented along with alcohol the ” drug testing kits ” .

  17. The for profit prison industry is very dangerous. The for profit pharma industry dangerous – profits are more important than people. This inversion of priorities is a misbalance that needs to be adjusted. Legalizing MJ is a part of that process – keeping the profiteers honest is a difficult job. Keep up the fight for justice – this article shines a bright light on a dark and sinister community.

  18. I was in a bar the other day with a couple friends and I mentioned smoking herb. I believe the one guy has a stance that “all drugs are the downfall to society and anybody that smokes pot needs to be thrown in jail.” I could be mistaken but I believe that’s how he feels. Yet he’ll go to this bar on a regular basis and drink one of the most dangerous drugs known to man. Makes perfect sense…

  19. The privatized prison system may have been planning all along for a sinister plan to provide the demand for quality cheap labor when some of the jobs comes back from China.

    The struggling well trained middle class citizens of the U.S. will also be on secret probation for future prospect while our government continues to competes with China.
    Is your urine safe?

    Do well and you might win a chance for a vacation outside the walls with your earned credits.

    Are there more prisons being built with a ribbon cutting ceremony and smiling faces?

  20. Norml can you help me with this? Yesterday on Sunday morning Senator Rand Paul said something to the effect: I support decriminalizing marijuana, but not legalizing it because young people use it and become de-motivated. However, he said kids should not be left with criminal records because they often, like President Obama grow up and go on to become successful. Now I’m 56 years old what was I like when I was 20? One of my first jobs living in Phoenix Arizona was working at a Truck wash cleaning big rigs, and washing manure out of cattle trucks. Because my motorbike had been stolen I walked to work. About 3 1/2 miles a day 8 hours a day 6 days a week for 6 dollars an hour. You might have called me a dirty stinking hippy, walking home covered with grease and cow shit from the rigs! But we’re not done yet because on Sunday a guy has to do some house cleaning, and clothes washing. At 20 years I was honest to a fault, and not a lazy bone in my body. Yet it was a happy time in my life. Friends would come over after work and, there was always plenty of weed around. Not that 300 dollar an ounce stuff we put up with today neither. So yesterday when I heard Senator Paul’s comments I felt the same indignity I often did back then working at the truck wash when manure would sometimes splash back across my face and mouth. So Norml, can you guys help me get Senator Rand Paul to honest up on television and take back his words about lazy kids that get high, and don’t show up at work?

    [Paul Armentano responds: Rand Paul’s actual comments are below:

    “I don’t want to promote that but I also don’t want to put people in jail who make a mistake,” Paul explained. “There are a lot of young people who do this and then later on in their twenties they grow up and get married and they quit doing things like this. I don’t want to put them in jail and ruin their lives.”

    … “Look, the last two presidents could conceivably have been put in jail for their drug use, and I really think, you know, look what would have happened, it would have ruined their lives,” Paul added. “They got lucky, but a lot of poor kids, particularly in the inner city, don’t get lucky. They don’t have good attorneys, and they go to jail for these things and I think it’s a big mistake.”

    … States should be allowed to make a lot of these decisions,” Paul said. “I want things to be decided more at a local basis, with more compassion. I think it would make us as Republicans different.”]

  21. There are so many paid television commercials on pharmaceutical drugs with a very long list of possible and very harmful side affects, and they want YOU to ask your doctor if their drug is right for you. They also mentioned that patients should not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking this drug.

    The pharmaceutical companies trust you on that last sentence and they do get away with almost all of the liabilities by saying don’t take it if some harmful side affects occurs.

    So it is a risky and also a gamble with your life with the dream that it might work for you. And does those advertising actors with their smiling faces turn you on and makes you want to rush and make a doctors appointment?
    (It isn’t news, but it is constantly being drilled into your mind many times everyday.)

    Cannabis is not at all risky, except for the draconic laws provided by lobbyist who benefits on making cannabis illegal.

  22. And don’t forget the big money alcohol companies making their large donations for anti-cannabis and pro-alcohol politicians along with moderate donations to “Saving the Children from Pot” organizations in order to get some favorability from prohibition groups.

  23. Look Folks, Ron Paul is stupid about marijuana. He is not stupid about our laws. The War on Drugs is a trap for people, not drugs. Dr. Paul knows this, but he doesn’t know much of anything accurate about marijuana in particular.

    Of course being called a “criminal” is demotivating. Being told you’re not good enough is demotivating. Having a criminal record as a “justice option” is just to demotivate you. What ever else might it be for?

    Yes indeed, could someone let Ron Paul know that marijuana doesn’t “demotivate”. Having to listen to drivel like this does.

  24. Oh no, the ruse is almost over.But think of all the new opportunities for other mind and body altering substances that can be high-jacked with new infrastructures. The simple definition of a “drug” is: a chemical substance that affects the processes of the mind or body.’

    Protein-carbohydrates-sugars? “I know a boy that became morbidly obese from eating large amounts of pizza’…Should we ban pizza or arrest the parents? Opportunities unlimited!!!

  25. Ooooh it must be nice to live in california. Where I can get what I want regardless of laws. Weeee Weeeee!

  26. We know that marijuana prohibition has been a scheme from the get-go, and our previous presidents-George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison to name a few, grew hemp and smoked pot long before government policies took over. Just imaging if thousands of people just lit up joints in every city town and square on a particular day, our government wouldn’t know what in the hell to do, there wouldn’t be enough jails to lock folks up in. It just like the Hippies-they were right about a lot of things-wars kill-but pot doesn’t.

  27. @ Voice of The Resistance, I too was taken aback at what Rand Paul said about marijuana. (Read quotes on Reason website.) It’s not clear to me if he actually believes that stuff or if he is just trying to pander to the brainwashed in an attempt to get them on board.

    Every “pot head” I’ve known has been hardworking, generally intelligent, and honest. A far cry from the stereotype we are beaten over the head with , i.e. does nothing but consume TV and junk food.

  28. “Voice of Resistance” has a legitimate, and I’ll bet resounding issue that I expect a lot of us have been dumbfounded over many times… this pseudo-scientific fact that cannabis causes a condition known clinically as a-motivational syndrome. President Nixon’s Blue Ribbon Shafer Commission found that cannabis contributes to unconventional thinking, another dumbfounded finding. I’m 58 and was quite unmotivated until I started using cannabis in the mid 1970’s… in HS and my first two years of college (I quite after 1 1/2 years) my GPA was around a 2.3. After discovering pot I went back to college, got my degree and transferred to a university where I got my BA – my GPA increased to a 3.4. By age 50 I graduated yet again with a medical degree and my GPA was a 3.9. I used cannabis everyday from the mid – 1970’s until I was around 50 when I lost track of people to get my weed from. I’ve been gainfully employed all those years working in schools, colleges, auto and computer technology. I have to laugh that Senator rand expects that growing up means quitting pot by the time you’re 30 as if it’s a childish thing. Meanwhile, growing up also implies we switch from beer to bourbon or whiskey! Likewise there is a certain something called, clinically, “self-fulfilling prophesy”… which dictates that if you treat someone as if they are unmotivated or you continually tell them that, most likely they will eventually cave and become that. Since drug testing especially for cannabis use is widespread in many high tech and even blue-collar jobs, use of alcohol rather than cannabis is encouraged, and if you prefer cannabis then your prospects for a good job go down and you may even have a cannabis arrest record and guess what, you’re unmotivated. Simply admitting to the wrong red neck you like pot means you’re a lazy ass hippy. Or as one cute woman said to me once – after I proudly told her I’d quit tobacco for over a year and how I loved my pot instead, she said: “you’re an idiot, you quit the wrong thing! Grow up.”

  29. One delegate replied to the action mail here in wv.

    I have had all kinds of requests regarding this bill. The biggest concern is the regulation of marijuana. If it could be put into pill form and distributed it would be much easier to pass a bill to make it legal. I have been told there is research which shows promise in this area. Hopefully this will be a reality in the near future.

    David Evans-D

  30. Some rich guy pot smoker needs to start a franchise in which random drug testing is a requirement for employees.The only difference being,if you don’t test positive for marijuana you are fired on the spot.Lets get back to work America.

  31. We’re indoctrinated from early childhood to believe that one of the reasons the USA is superior to other countries is that we have a “free press.” And as a teenager growing up in the 1970s I honestly believed that, believed that’s what made us superior to the old Soviet Union.

    By the 1980s I stopped believing that myth. There is very little that’s “free” about our press. It’s bought and paid for by the corporations and the super rich, and in many ways is no different from the old Tass and Izvestia propaganda machines of the Soviets. When the super rich bastards who run our media start to believe they can profit from pot, they’ll begin having their producers show it in a positive light. The ugly truth.

  32. The notion that once people get past their twenties they should “grow up,” and stop smoking pot, is one I’ve heard before. (Usually from hypocrites who routinely that “pick-me-up” after work, or that nightcap before going to bed.) It’s funny, I’m 58 years old and most of the people I know my age or thereabouts obviously haven’t yet grown up. I’m pretty surprised to hear Rand Paul echo those sentiments.

  33. @ Joe Nickelsack:
    March 27, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Great idea!!!
    (except for the “fired on the spot” part).

    At least give the employee a chance to bring their
    cannabinoid levels up, via employer-mandated
    Edibles, Tinctures and/or Vapor Lounge… ]:) B-)

  34. I was watching Weed country last night. One of the police officers said the dumbest thing possible. “Marijuana (racially loaded term) is more dangerous the alcohol”. Really? This is who we trust to fly around waving machine guns? He shoud educate his self by reading the book Marijuana: Safer than alcohol.

  35. I juts finished reading a story about a navy pilot shot down in 1964 and imprisoned in the Hanoi Hilton. In one part of the story he tells another American pow. Don’t let your mind be overcome by anger, and hate. Instead you need to keep a clear head, and figure a way to mousetrap these sons of bitch’s. I thought Rand Paul’s comments might make a good mousetrap! Thanks for your comments everyone.

  36. @Evening Bud: I was 20 in 1974. I listened to my first Beatles’s album in 1962; was home alone and sick in 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated; I escaped the draft by 3 days – the draft ended just before I turned 18, in 1972. I never really questioned the news or newspapers… I never questioned authority. I grew up believing that conformity was a genetic trait, something that couldn’t be changed, nor was there any right or wrong about it. I was too young to appreciate hippies, free love, even asking questions. I trusted everything I needed to know would be told to me. Growing up I learned that marijuana was a very bad drug. VERY BAD!!!

    Around age 16, I almost called the police on my younger sister when I found out she was using marijuana. That same year on a family vacation in Florida, at a young people’s, beach gathered campfire, a joint was passed to me at least 3 -4 times. I was with my sister and I toked on it, feeling free and different there on that beach, but nothing happened. I got drunk on a couple beers instead.

    The news was just an unquestionable fact of life, all carefully judged and edited; but so was the whole of being a teenager, and things are even worse today.

    I think it’s important to understand: President Nixon’s crown of thorns was passage of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970. It and other Acts reestablished marijuana in particular as a dangerous drug, as the Marijuana Tax Act and laws that came about because of that were found to be Unconstitutional in the early ’60’s. All those laws were set to expire if not reinforced by the time Nixon took office. Marijuana was temporarily placed in Schedule One status after passage of the CSA, until Nixon’s “Shafer Committee”, a Blue Ribbon panel of US experts thoroughly examined the use of cannabis. Wikipedia Link:

    By age 19 I was a mindless unhappy robot. My future and my life had been decided for me. I’d been taught to “respect, honor and obey”.

    The Viet Nam war made it a little difficult to completely accept that, to accept conformity. But I had no thoughts of my own, at least thoughts and ideas that I was aware of. I was simply a honeycomb of following, walking in lockstep and hating anyone I was taught to hate.

    All that changed around age 19 when a childhood friend surprised me and another friend with a dime bag of Panama Red. I got exquisitely high, and everything changed. I stopped hating people, I went back to college, I actually wanted to learn! I grew up out from a shell of a future American. I excelled in whatever I strived for. I became a non-conformist, exactly what the Shafer Commission warned about. It doesn’t matter I wanted to live suddenly and find a good life for myself. It matters that I was like Adam and Eve, having eaten the forbidden fruit, and I knew right and wrong, I had found myself.

    That is why marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol. Your “Free America” Evening Bud has little to do with the news, but it everything to do our Constitutional Rights as Americans – to pursue our own dreams, something some people find in a guru, others in a lover, but for me it was cannabis. And that made me a public friend and enemy.

  37. @ evening bud,

    I was watching tv the last couple of nights and there is this beer Comercial that keeps playing about how years ago his family or uncle believed in this beer so much he went to the public fountain and pumped in this beer through the fountain i guess for the public to enjoy or see(looked like a party of sorts), im not sure, however I am like you when is the cannabis comercials going to be able to gain popularity?

    When you can not only talk about beer in public places , but now can put a comerical on tv that projects not only is it ok to have beer in public but lets use it as a public display of arrogance by allowing a company to pump beer to the public at a party, and who was there to make sure “no child was left behind”?
    Its just when were put under the micro scope, were “convicted” of wrong doing just by mentioning the word cannabis because the anti- cannabis groups want people to believe were irresponsible and by that we would put children in harms way , but with a little soft music and a great old story of how great things were, and bammmm, you can just allow alcohol to be thought of as a harmless drug.

    This just reminds me of the north korean movie that was pushed into the light a couple of weeks ago…….”there are no birds, because they have been eaten, and americans lover hot snow to drink” I think it was called how north koreans think americans live

    meaning how ignorance is in control of the media.

    real quick im not for sure but i think rand’s comment was to gain the help from accross the isle, just a thought, maybe he is working the system backwards, lie then change for the good. just my thought or opinion…

    well thats all from me

    as always
    thanks for reading

  38. Hey Chris,

    Sorry, brother, but that wasn’t me who mentioned the pot commercials. But hey, sounds like a good idea–if they can have Bud commercials, why not bud commercials?

    I personally have come to the conclusion, however, that part of America’s obesity problem has to do with all of the food commercials. I know when I see a big juicy slice of pizza or a cheese-dripping hamburger, I suddenly feel hungry. Ahhh, free enterprise.

  39. Hey BobKat,

    I was typing a reply to you, checked out your link, then accidentally, I think, erased my post halfway thru. So I’ll try to rewrite it:

    Just wanted to say thanks for the recollections and insights. And that we’re pretty close in age. My last year in high school was 1973, and I remember seeing on TV that my draft number was 8! I thought that had happened in 1973, but you mentioned 1972, and you’re undoubtedly correct, my recollections must be off somehow. Anyway, I knew that with my luck, I’d be in the first wave of draftees, the next year, or after I graduated. But, like you, I was given a reprieve when the draft ended. Yeah!

    I didn’t register for the draft thereafter, because it had ended, but about a year later I received a threatening letter from the draft board; they wanted an explanation as to why I hadn’t registered, then spelled out the penalties. I wrote ’em back, and registered, and was glad to never hear from them again.

    Regarding Tricky Dick, I recall those years well, tho not the legislative details like you. I do recall his war on drugs, vividly, and also the big paraquat scares. Everyone I knew, it seemed, was worried about getting a bag of paraquat-tainted weed, worried the next lid they scored might sear their lungs. He was a complete Dick; and I shed no tears when he was forced from office.

    Your introduction to good smokes was not too different from mine, I guess. I was a drinker as a teenager, and when my cousins or friends pushed the smokes on me, which they constantly did, I usually resisted. And I was usually so buzzed on the brew, that I couldn’t tell if I was buzzed from pot or not, and always told them it wasn’t doing anything to me.

    When I was still in high school, my brother came home on leave from the Air Force. He was a cook, stationed on Guam, and served flight lunches to the pilots who were bombing North Viet Nam. Well, I noticed one night, when the rest of my family was asleep, that he’d gotten up and had gone outside. I couldn’t sleep and went and joined him. He was toking, and offered me a hit–with no pressure like I got from my friends and cousins. Well, I felt that buzz, and then some. And I liked it. Never looked back. I stopped drinking in my late thirties–alcohol of any sort began giving me bad headaches. I get a throbber halfway through bottle of beer. So the sweet smoke is my only vice, albeit a damned good one (tho I do smoke cigars and pipe tobacco very occasionally).

    You’re right, btw, about MJ and our rights and such. Still, I can’t wait for the day that the corporate propaganda against pot is a thing of the past.

    Best regards, Woody

  40. The goal is to reform the Controlled Substance Act that gives cops and the DEA the unconstitutional authority to legislate marijuana. Since Nixon signed the act, the DEA created unlawful amendments such as assets forfeiture, funding to keep the FDA from admitting the obvious truth that marijuana is medicine, and as such the DEA creates private civil wars that drag our armies in to clean up the mess. We don’t have to get uneducated and say “wipe the DEA” out like Ron Paul suggested. Perhaps without the C.S.Act the DEA could play more of a role like customs and protect hemp from foreign trade. But we can no longer stand by while the DEA enslaves foreign nationals by taking their passports and forcing them to risk their lives and ruin their marriages as informants while the DEA slowly and deliberately milks a druglord dry.
    We cannot afford to be complacent while the DEA lobbies to deny medicinal marijuana to people like my nephew with chrone’s disease who says he’d rather die of his symptoms than suffer the side effects of all the presribed pills the pharmaceutical companies have his insurance make him take. He was busted by his parents with some pot and that was the last time he had a decent appetite and reduced inflammation in his intestines.
    Thank you everyone at NORMAL for what you are doing. The wave of truth is hitting every mountain and valley of our great nation and together we can be proud to be Americans in a land that let’s freedom ring.

  41. Hey Julian, you make good points about the DEA. It is a shame that their primary goal seems to be attacks on citizens–US and foreign.

    Sorry about your nephew; sincerely hope that situation can change for the better.

  42. @Woody… aka “Evening Bud”

    I found mixed results for when the draft actually ended! I saw official sources suggesting 1973 or even 1974. I know simply for a fact that when your draft # is 16 and the draft is on, in full speed ahead, my 18th birthday wasn’t something I looked forwards to. So when I heard news that the draft ended Aug. 31, 1972 I will never forget it.

    Had #8, did you? How interesting. We might have served together, mate.

    I was also very happy to see Nixon get his. I love those pictures of him pitching the peace sign, and yes he did end the draft but not because of us Americans, but rather the same thing that ended alcohol prohibition – money!

    And now we have the Patriot Era… when patriotism is pushed down our throats in the name of national security. Kids are arrested for squirt guns in school. Sick.

    I mentioned in my last post but failed to clarify, and thanks for the kudos on my knowledge of history, but to clarify, with passage of the CSA in 1970 cannabis was in legal limbo. Since nearly every law on the books was based upon the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, and since that Act had been found to be unconstitutional; cannabis was in fact legal, per se, for a time, it’s just no one was told the truth. The political machine moved on, and cannabis was temporarily put in Schedule One classification until the Shafer Commission provided it’s opinion. Whatever it’s findings, they were to determine the fate of marijuana.

    The commission found:

    Wikipedia Link:

    “Part F of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 established the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse—known as the Shafer Commission after its chairman, Raymond P. Shafer—to study marijuana abuse in the United States.[8] During his presentation of the commission’s First Report to Congress, Shafer recommended the decriminalization of marijuana in small amounts, saying:

    [T]he criminal law is too harsh a tool to apply to personal possession even in the effort to discourage use. It implies an overwhelming indictment of the behavior which we believe is not appropriate. The actual and potential harm of use of the drug is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior, a step which our society takes only with the greatest reluctance.”

    President Nixon ignored the commission’s findings and ordered permanent placement of cannabis as a Schedule One narcotic. There was literally no evidence to support his actions, other than money and subterfuge.

    His actions resulted in my being spared the draft, but being subjected to Draconian rule.

    Don’t like it… leave… that is our motto today. Peace anyone?

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