It seems more people are coming to the realization that marijuana aka cannabis is safer than alcohol. Even so we are also seeing our legal system fight to maintain the status quo of the war against the cannabis community. One has to ask why this would be the case when there are more dangerous drugs and crimes that endanger the public much more than cannabis?
The Answer lies in the presidency of Richard Nixon and his determination to escalate the Vietnam war.
Think tanks like The Hudson Institute bolstered Nixon and he began an effort to label the protesters as less masculine; unpatriotic. In the face of pervasive U.S. history to the contrary, Nixon attempted to castrate the anti war movement by condemning it for using a lawful option: peaceful protest.
Nixon proposed to divide the U.S. into two philosophically camps; one a dangerous pot smoking, draft dodging gaggle of young anarchists, lead by a noisy cadre of effete intellectuals, the other he would eventually term “The Silent Majority,” the largely war-backing, middle-class.
This necessitated that Nixon wage war on marijuana. By vilifying a drug that he could associate with the anti-war movement he could leverage national opinion against the protesters. Directives issued to law enforcement to pummel marijuana also included a softening of directives aimed at a drug that would become synonymous with the 70’s and beyond – cocaine. The think tanks advised Nixon on the cocaine for pot swap: marijuana made you think abstractly, cocaine physically. Heavy cocaine use leads to delusions of grandeur and identification with the ruling class — traits incompatible with rebellion and anarchy.
"Prohibition... makes a crime out of things that are not crimes... and strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."
Under President Obama, a few fragile green shoots are becoming apparent to those who seek to provide a dose of Hope, Change and basic sanity to America's war on citizens who use marijuana.
Which leads inquiring minds to ask: Where did this insane and inhumane war come from, and were the reasons valid?
The answer to the first question: Richard M. Nixon.
The answer to the second question: No.
Nixon initiated America's War on Drugs based almost solely on personal hateful racial bigotry and a profound level of ignorance of history. Nixon was recorded telling his chief of staff: "You have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to."
Those emotions have blindly controlled national policy on marijuana ever since
U.S. taxpayers have financed a $1 trillion "War on Drugs" that, 40 years after its launch, has failed to meet any of its declared goals.
Now we have the Obama administration waging war on States that are enacting medical Marijuana laws, it is time to say no to prohibition and get tough on real crime! Tell Obama that the war against the cannabis community must end now!
Free Cannabis,End Prohibition Now!