Racism, Greed, Ignorance, Corruption… take your pick. Don’t believe me? Click the above link. Red Pill? or Blue Pill?
The history of cannabis prohibition is pretty dirty stuff. It was NEVER about public safety unless you think like they did back then, and are terrified of Blacks and Mexicans in general or of them sleeping with white women?
If you can answer yes to any of the following questions then you may get where they were coming from back then. Racism, Corruption, Greed, and Ignorance.
Is African-American music satanic?
Does Marijuana cause white women to seek the company of negroes? And Darkies to seek out white women?
Is Marijuana an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death?
Does Reefer (cannabis,marijuana)make darkies think they’re as good as white men?
Does Marihuana lead to pacifism and communist brainwashing?
Does marijuana make you likely to kill your own brother?
Is marijuana the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind?
Is the English word assassin derived from the word hashishan?
Does Marihuana make fiends of boys in thirty days?
Does Hashish goad users to bloodlust?
Likely to murder your brother or a pacifist communist? Which one is it? It was never either of course. Just more lies courtesy of the US Govt.
These questions were all taken from direct quotes and statements from Harry J. Anslinger the first US Drug Czar. He popularized the term Marijuana (it was previously known as cannabis by most Americans hence the need for his name change to lie about it.)and began a long campaign of lies to demonize drugs and the people who choose to medicate with them.
He held his job for 30 years and spewed filthy racist lies throughout his career to make the public believe that drugs are a public menace and exported his American Racism throughout the world with his drug policies aimed at controlling ethnic populations.
Its disgusting and I have personally NEVER heard or seen a public official attempt to defend the drug war after being confronted with any of these statements above but the policies of our war on drugs were derived from this thinking, and continue to support it.
Drugs are no way as bad or dangerous as they would have you believe. They were irrationally scared of black people and Mexicans back then! That was the only so-called danger. These were people of the times when they lynched blacks for sport! They wanted to criminalize people for taking medicine.
I have been following this local Boston program every week to stay up on local politics. They were gracious enough to invite me to call in and share some info about cannabis with their audience. I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to helping out in a similar capacity whenever needed. Folks are talking about cannabis and there is a void of mainstream info about cannabis. That’s where BostonCannabis.Info fits in!
P.S. Its a great local show that encourages community participation. The station is operated by a church so its family friendly! Leave it on all day and catch some news that you wont here on other local channels. They have had more local politicians and community leaders on their little channel in one month then you will catch in one year of trying to catch Urban Update on WHDH or Cityline on WCVB! Yes, even Basic Black has much to learn from the accessible Boston Politics format.
Chief has been a local cannabis advocate for several years and regularly interacts with public media to include topics and ideas that are relevant to the cannabis community.
In the following transcript from our brief radio call-in to BPRs Ask the Mayor on 4/29/2016..
Starting the conversation on cannabis
Chief catches the entire news team and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh himself off guard by asking very simple and straightforward questions about medicinal cannabis distribution in the city. They were totally unprepared for the question and admitted it had never crossed any of their minds how legal cannabis patients in the city of Boston have been and continue getting their fully legal medication now. It is staggering and disappointing for those of us that use medicinal cannabis to hear that so little thought goes into the voter and patient needs by those that are responsible for policy but you can hear how Mayor Walsh is all excited and knowledgeable about his bureaucratic practices to reap the cash rewards that he may believe the industry has by the way of his dispensary program.
Dispensaries are a twenty year old business model developed for the Californian market, who says it was ever going to work in New England? The blind investment in such a dispensary system is misguided but politicians have been told thats the thing! so everybody hold onto your hats and pocketbooks. The market has been very clear in recent years that patients demand delivery just like anything else they use regularly and may purchase online or through amazon… but as the Mayor admits below there has been absolutely no thought about those types of patient needs at the highest levels of city government.
He knows all about the one dispensary that had yet to open at the time of the broadcast, on Milk St, and knows all about the legal process if you are a big company ready to make millions, but he is clueless when it comes to how patients receive their medicine now? What does this say for individual cannabis rights? What does it say about big business working with government for cannabis profit?
New Politicians Same old Sh**
Marty Walsh is indicative of a certain type of new politician that we are getting more familiar with these days.. The type of politician that stands for and supports the broken immoral, ignorant, corrupt, prohibitionist drug policies of our racist past oblivious to the lies and propaganda that they are practicing, until the voters finally defeat them and their ideas directly, with ballots petitions and votes…
Then these same politicians become experts on cannabis and drug policy overnight despite being so miserably and undeniably wrong for so many decades… and begin to support new regulatory policies aimed at curbing public use and maximizing their governments share of profits.. zoning legal medicinal cannabis distribution points out of and away from our neighborhoods, making sweetheart deals happen behind closed doors for new and old friends and cronies, all the while continuing to push old debunked negative propaganda, continuing to stand in the way of the voter with their tired ignorance, while supporting a possible future big business monopoly behind the scenes at the same time.
Now that the voters are changing the laws without them here come the same politicians that stood against the cannabis community, now claiming to be supportive of the cannabis voting public, to meddle with policy and get their beaks wet.
Government has NO credibility on issue of Cannabis!
Politicians and government have absolutely NO credibility on the issue of cannabis. They have been lying to us for so many decades that any rational person must question what are the legal grounds for class action lawsuits, because it is this writers belief that in the not too distant future cannabis will be confirmed as a legitimate treatment aid to cancer sufferers.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in America. Second only to heart disease which can be stress related. Which means that for decades our government and politicians have pulled another fast one, another bold and humiliating hoax on the American people…. misleading them and lying all the while raising money for cancer research and knowing since 1974 that cannabis kills cancer cells in controlled university studies, denying them the very thing that may have lead to cancer treatment breakthroughs, brain, stem cell, and nervous tissue breakthroughs, decreased stress, pain and suffering, and perhaps even longer lifespans marked with less stress, and of course violently taking peoples freedom away for simple and non-violent possession in their drug war. It is immoral. It is corrupt. It is ignorant. and It is Racist.
Cannabis still has a serious stigma here in the Bay State. BostonCannabis.Info is working hard to change that.
The following is a transcript from Boston Public Radio show on 4/29/2016 Ask The Mayor w Jim Braude and Margery Eagan
BPR Post at 1:35:55 Chief from Mass Bay Cannabis and BostonCannabis.Info question Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh about city cannabis policy.
WGBH BPR’s Ask The Mayor 4/29/2016;
MAYOR WALSH: Is it Chief? in Mattapan?
CHIEF: Yes it is how do you do?
JIM/MAYOR: Go Chief.
CHIEF: Thanks for taking my call. Good afternoon. I wanted to ask the mayor.. If he.. I know he is against ah medicinal cannabis dispensaries in Boston but I wanted to know if he is against medicinal cannabis deliveries in Boston? There have been some .. many services operating for a while but have recently been shut down by the department of public health and Im just wondering if the mayor understands the need for those cannabis delivery services and if and what his thoughts are on how people get their cannabis in the city of Boston?
JIM: Thank you Chief
MAYOR: Thank you. Thats the first time I think its ever been brought to my attention I guess my response would be do we deliver prescription drugs from CVSs and from pharmacies……and if we do is there a system in place that they deliver prescription drugs that they could deliver marijuana?
MARGERY: I Don’t know.
MAYOR CONT: I wouldn’t suggest.. if it doesn’t happen i think its a very different thing you have to make sure the right person gets it..its a prescription you have to sign for it. I think.. Im not sure how the policy is going to work but I don’t know if we deliver prescription drugs today. So I..
JIM: But you wouldn’t want them to be treated any differently than prescription drugs are? Is that what you are talking about?
MAYOR: No I mean. I never heard I never even thought of this. No one.. This is the first time I ever heard something like this So I don’t know.
MARGERY:I never heard it either..
JIM: Chief? Chief are you still on the hold.. the line?
JIM: why don’t you.. pardon me?
CHIEF CONT: …people who have cards and they have been trying to get medicine for a long time so they utilize delivery services which have been running long before dispensaries were ever available here in the city. . you know so, now that dispensaries are coming online they are shutting down these delivery services saying they are no longer compliant because there is dispensaries around, while people have become used to getting the service.. uhm..
MAYOR: I have honestly I have got to look into it because I, Im not sure exactly.. I will contact If we want…
JIM: can we put him on hold?
MAYOR: yeah give your number to the producer here and uh we will have somebody from public health, our public health Boston Public Health and give you a call and look into the situation.
JIM:One related question.. we all know we have had this discussion with you ad nauseum and will continue I guess until november how strongly you oppose the marijuana legalization thing. Chief just said you opposed, which I was unaware of, .. ah the medicinal marijuana question too? ..How did you.. I wasn’t aware of that and Im embarrassed that I wasn’t so my apologies in advance or not in advance but my apologies..
How do you justify that a, in a doctor patient relationship a doctor can prescribe an opioid or virtually anything but he or she shouldn’t be able to prescribe marijuana if the doctor believes thats whats..
MAYOR: well.. I mean.
JIM:…is most needed by the patient?
MAYOR: This is a battle.. two years ago that I clearly lost because the voters support it but my point.
JIM: No Im just curious as to what ..
MAYOR: my point.. at the time that you could get marijuana in a pill form. Which is a little bit different than the smoking form. umm but now that the voters voted the way they did we are working, we have one marijuana dispensary coming to the city of Boston
JIM: where is that gonna be?
MAYOR: ahh its one on Milk St.
MAYOR: which is supported by the city, by the BRA by the ZBA because they need to change the zoning and it is in the process of moving forward. Theres a couple of others that are being proposed. I believe out in the Brighton Allston area… and one maybe in a couple other areas of the city.
There have been a couple proposed that haven’t gone anywhere because of the communities uproar but i think that if they do the comm, proper community outreach and they talk to the neighborhood and the neighborhoods ok with it, I mean its the law so Im not gonna stand in the way of the law.
JIM: ah Katie in Dorchester..
MARGERY: Milk St thats sort of an interesting place right in the middle of a financial district.
MAYOR: Yeah it is but what they did was they went into a building
MAYOR: .. and they wanted a storefront view but they we had conversations well if everyone going has a prescription why do you need a storefront? So they moved into the building.
BOSTON — As proponents gathered outside the State House Wednesday, Aug. 3 to urge support for marijuana legalization and condemn arguments against it as rooted in fear, opponents of a ballot question to allow the adult use of marijuana released a list of 119 members of the Legislature opposing legalization.
“I’m always concerned, particularly as a sheriff, about who goes to jail and who does not, and when you look at the overwhelming number of people of color, black and Latino, that are in our incarceration facilities, yes, I am very concerned about that,” Tompkins told the News Service. “That said, I have to balance that with health issues and I have to balance that with what I see going on.”
Sherriff Steve Tompkins is not in a good place when it come to cannabis policy… Lets hope someone pulls him to the side and teaches him a thing or two about cannabis.
He seems to believe its better to continue to criminalize cannabis and take peoples freedom away for possession than to change our culture for the better. The “health issues and what he sees going on” are enough for him to claim that its best left illegal for now. A corrupt position because there are no real health issues to be concerned of. Nothing that rises to the level that he is claiming. Only Reefer Madness concerns.. The continued criminalization of cannabis is a detriment to those that have been living under the terror of the drug war. Steve Tompkins doesn’t seem to believe we have suffered enough?
Reports about the disproportionate impact of the legal marijuana industry on minority and low-income neighborhoods and families deserve a closer look, according to Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, who so far has focused his opposition to the legalization ballot question on its health impacts.
Tompkins, who was appointed sheriff in 2013, said he supported the 2008 ballot initiative to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, but believes the dangers of full legalization outweigh any criminal justice benefits from incarcerating fewer people on minor drug crimes.
OH NO! here we go. Lets be fair to the Sheriff here and walk through his comments carefully..
The article begins by referencing this politico article http://www.votestevetompkins.com/news1/2016/6/7/sheriff-concerned-by-reports-on-marijuanas-impacts-in-colorado
A separate report published by the Colorado Department of Public Health earlier this year found that juvenile arrests for marijuana-related crimes such as possession rose 5 percent since legalization took effect in that state, driven wholly by a spike in arrests of black and Latino teens. While white juvenile arrests declined 8 percent between 2012 and 2014, black juvenile arrests increased 58 percent and Latino juvenile arrests climbed 29 percent.
The politico article is about the complaints of residents in and near an industrial zone newly approved and zoned for cannabis growing. It goes on to explain how this new industry experiences some pushback from locals.
Now to Mr. Tompkins credit he did not lean heavily on the Colorado Department of Public Health report much but its obvious that there is not much to lean on there anyway. It claims a small 5 percent increase in cannabis possession arrests after legalization. That should raise suspicion alone because the very law itself is designed to decriminalize possession but forget about that because black and brown arrests went up dramatically as white arrests went down. This does not speak to cannabis as a public health issue these numbers point to continued racial disparities in policing!
Tompkins, a leading voice for criminal justice reform in Massachusetts, said he is reticent to discuss how law enforcement in other states operate without knowing all the facts, but has read the reports and is concerned.
“If that is in fact the case, then that speaks to the larger picture of not only the use of marijuana being able to harm one physically, but also if this does break down with black and Latino and low income individuals being singled out that has to be looked at,” Tompkins told the News Service.
“a leading voice for criminal justice reform in Massachusetts”
Thats right. This so called leader on criminal justice in the Commonwealth is a cannabis prohibitionist. It really explains a lot about the vacuum of local leadership and the lack of progress in criminal justice reforms to date.
No communities have suffered more under cannabis prohibition and the drug war than black and latino communities. Legalization aims at relieving this suffering. Continued prohibition of cannabis and other drugs supports crime, violence, mass incarceration and unhealthy communities that have gotten us here. A legalized system is proactive and meets peoples needs in a more therapeutic way. Ending the drug war would require a new culture around cannabis and drugs in general though. People like Sheriff Tompkins have been and continue to be agents of the drug war, carrying the flag for a corrupt and immoral drug war culture.
The article rebuts his statements with activist response..
Jim Borghesani, the spokesman for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, said Massachusetts and Colorado criminal laws concerning juvenile possession are markedly different, making the comparison a difficult one.
“I’m sure that Sheriff Tomkins is aware that juvenile possession in Massachusetts is a civil offense, unlike Colorado’s criminal offense, so his statement is perplexing. Equally perplexing is his lack of comment on the historic racial arrest disparity under the current prohibition system, which we seek to change,” Borghesani said.
He also touted the local control, through zoning, allowed for by the ballot question.
“Our initiative provides significant local control over the location, hours and manner of marijuana businesses, and provides an opt-out measure for communities. Results show that legalization is working in Colorado and it will work in Massachusetts,” Borghesani said.
Sheriff Tompkins wants people to elect him Sheriff but he doesn’t know much about cannabis, the most common illegal drug in America and believes that its better to continue to criminalize cannabis use than to legalize and regulate it. He seems to have the anti-cannabis talking points down pretty good though.
In March, the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association came out in opposition to the ballot question to legalize marijuana for anyone aged 21 and older. At the time, the sheriffs focused on the health implications of making marijuana more accessible to people.
The whole “cannabis is bad for your health idea” is becoming almost laughable in most circles but we don’t all come to truth at the same time.
Tompkins, who was appointed sheriff in 2013, said he supported the 2008 ballot initiative to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, but believes the dangers of full legalization outweigh any criminal justice benefits from incarcerating fewer people on minor drug crimes.
He and others want to keep cannabis illegal so as to still be able to wield it as a tool in their law enforcement careers and industry. He recognized the need for some changes in our cannabis policy and voted to decriminalize an ounce or less in 2008 but thats all he feels comfortable with voters having legal access to now. How much wine or beer should i have tonight Sheriff? How many Aspirin?
He is saying that he would rather lock people up for weed than legalize and cites health concerns and racial disparities?!? He fears the health and social effects of not criminalizing cannabis? He also like so many others may not yet be able to admit that he was completely wrong on cannabis. His entire thought process around cannabis has been corrupted by his career. He can not see it as the medicine it is. So he has no problem denying voters that medicine and even taking their rights away for doing so. He doesn’t know much about the fastest growing American industry and wants to deny voters access to that entire economy and market while they are shut out by more progressive and economically aggressive communities.
“I do not want to see all of these folks in jail if there’s another way for them to provide for themselves, but I really have to go back to the health issues,” Tompkins said.
This sounds crazy of course so he tried to help himself out by
Elaborating, Tompkins said, “I’m concerned with the ability to seriously manipulate the THC levels, and when you do that just about anything can go off the rails. If you can now put these things in gummy bears and brownies and the levels are jacked up to an outrageous percentage, god knows what can happen.”
Ahhh the children. Yes the children like candies… He is concerned with the the levels of a specific active ingredient in cannabis but doesn’t seem to know much else about cannabis. Anything can go off the rails? What is a dangerous THC level Sheriff? Good luck researching that answer. It can’t kill you so maybe we should be looking for things that can kill us and criminalize those? Beer? Coffee? Salt? Sugar? Tobacco? High buildings? Fast cars? Alarmist much Sheriff?
He acts and speaks as if incorporating cannabis into food is something new and untested or unknown! And of course invokes God for dramatic and moral effect.
We understand that a substantial amount of his professional and career income come from the apparatus responsible for The New Jim Crow. Sheriff Tompkins is not just for the continued criminalization of our communities through old, racist, immoral, ignorant, corrupt drug policies but is also for the continued denial and disenfranchisement of african-americans and all others here in the commonwealth to a legal local cannabis industry as well. Encouraging monopolies to develop by other more enlightened, knowledgeable, progressive and economically aggressive communities.
Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins and the state’s 13 other county sheriffs said Monday that the referendum would destigmatize drug use and make it easier for young people to get their hands on the drug.
He doesn’t want to destigmatize drug use he wants to continue to stigmatize drug use, despite the fact that such an approach has been proven to fail repeatedly. The drug war is what first stigmatized drug use. They were long vicious campaigns of lies aimed at making people scared of drugs. Reefer Madness refers to just one aspect of this campaign. It has lead to the mass incarceration problem we have now…
This is the attitude of a leading voice on criminal justice reform in MA? Someone please help us..
Cannabis is Medicine
On the question of cannabis legalization Sheriff Steve Tompkins wants to “error on the side of caution” and continue to criminalize people for possession of cannabis. That is a safe answer in todays politically conservative environment but it is not brave. It is not insightful, or even genuine. It is not an answer that serves our communities but actually serves the communities that need the least help.
Alcohol, Tobacco, Law Enforcement, Big Pharma and Prisons industries. These are the organizations and industries that benefit from our continued drug war. Sheriff Tompkins seems to be representing them when it comes to cannabis. He is corrupted by propaganda and has no problem continuing with criminalizing people for cannabis use because he does not recognize it as medicine. So he has no problem denying voters their medicine and even taking their rights away for possessing it. Cannabis use is religious. He does not recognize it as a sacramental or support true religious freedom because he still subscribes to the lies of the drug war.
He can ignore cannabis as a possible treatment for cancer and so many other maladies.. and he can deny all the thousands of otherwise law abiding voters that have taken it upon themselves to change the corrupt drug laws regarding cannabis. Yes voters are changing the policies towards cannabis NOT politicians. Politicians have not met the need of the public regarding cannabis. They have continued to support long disproven drug war dogma steeped in racism. It is the same political ignorance and cowardice that has marked the nations similar failings on race and justice that continues to call for cannabis prohibition.
No Justice, No Peace
Lets just kick the can of justice down the road?
Is this position supported by social justice groups? NO. Sheriff Tompkins doesn’t seem to understand or realize that his insistence on continued cannabis prohibition is morally corrupt. If he wants to represent and lead voters of the Commonwealth then I suggest he research cannabis properly before campaigning against the rights of voters to use cannabis in their personal lives and professional industries. It is time for a change and a break from the corrupt ways of the past. Cannabis prohibition is an immoral position for a modern politician. And BostonCannabis.Info is watching!
A Veterans Plea for Common Sense on the Drug War, Racism, and Cannabis policy.
“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws” -Martin Luther King Jr.
People of Boston and the Nation. A tragic and inequitable situation has risen…
Racism, ignorance, and immorality are destroying our communities…
We must educate ourselves and fight to change this reality or in the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “perish together as fools”
The following ideas are absolutely not original to this post and can all be found researched through links on BostonCannabis.Info …
Mass incarceration is an immoral tragedy created through racism and ignorance.
Cannabis is the scientific name for what propagandists have referred to disparagingly as Marijuana.
Cannabis possession is the most popular drug crime and is responsible for the most drug arrests and charges.
Cannabis is a super-food and provides complete protein (hemp-seed), can be used safely to treat many diseases and ailments, and can be made into over 30,000 legal products.
Please stay with me as I elaborate…
Cannabis was the number one agricultural crop in the world and was listed in the American Pharmacopoeia of drugs and their approved uses until 1940 when American Politicians and officials campaigned for it to be illegal on purely racist and ignorant grounds.
Only made illegal after extremely racist public officials lied repeatedly to the American population. They said false, ridiculous, mean, hateful, racist, and ignorant things to support a wave of new drug laws that were not aimed at decreasing drug use, but were ONLY aimed at controlling ethnic populations, Blacks, Mexicans, Chinese…
Cannabis was made illegal only twice in American history. The first time was for racist purposes, 1937 Marijuana Tax Act. They said cannabis (marihuana) made Mexicans and African-Americans violent, and then later they said it makes them communist and pacifist, all lies of course.
White society has been known to see foreign or different ethnic cultural elements as scary or satanic. Just as certain Christian societies have viewed things non-Christian or not conforming to their culture as satanic. The only party invoking Satan into the discussion was the fearful white society.
Why doesn’t freedom of religion here in America protect cannabis use, as it is indeed used for religious worship the world over and through all time? Research will lead you once again to ignorance and racism folks!
Drug laws were first used to oppress the Chinese-Americans that were now coming to America at the turn of 20th century (1900s), and had become the focus of hostilities due to economic and social struggles. A popular Chinese cultural practice was the use of opium.
“Prohibition… goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes… A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” – Abraham Lincoln
They were not under the false notion that they could stop opium use throughout the nation. They just wanted to be able to criminalize and control the Chinese populations which they blamed for certain problems of society.
Anslinger and others used this precedent to improve upon their system of oppression and inflate their new government agency using our society’s most vulnerable populations to be the nation’s punching bag. After alcohol prohibition failed so miserably, new civil rights laws were being enacted in congress leading to racist filibusters on the Congress floor; The Dust Bowl, Great Depression, and the Dirty Thirties laid waste to economies families and farmers and destroyed their way of life. Jobs were scarce. Charlatans whipped up vulnerable crowds into the politics of hatred and blaming others for all problems of society, Not unlike Donald Trump does today.
Lynching of African-Americans was commonplace at this point in US history, as is the modern gunning down of black-men by police, vigilantes, blacks and other Americans who have internalized the racial hatred and dysfunction of American society today.
The new law forced people to get a stamp for their cannabis but few stamps were handed out. The issue was tax revenue NOT public safety! They didn’t make any money in taxes if you grew your own medicine and supplies or decided to grow and sell the same. Department of Treasury NOT a public safety agency was who the New Federal Bureau of Narcotics would be under. Public safety concerns were racist fears of Blacks, Mexicans, and Chinese not the effects of medicine or drugs on individuals. Americans of the time transferred their fear of the black and Mexican population to a common, useful, household herb. Marijuana Tax Act was challenged and overturned by Timothy Leary and The Supreme Court in 1969. It was found to be unconstitutional.
Other Republicans like Reagan doubled down on Nixon’s policies. Democrats too. Leading us to the situation we have today. Reagan’s fake push to cure cancer in the 1980s was a lie to raise money while they hid cannabis related cancer research with the help of the DEA.
Feel safe lately? No? Thank your leaders for lying to us all and creating a dangerous, uninformed system of oppression and misery, that is destroying the country.
Drug prohibition made our streets and cities dangerous in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s just like Alcohol Prohibition did (1920-1933). Al Capone and the new American organized crime wave of the 1920s has become Pablo Escobar and El Chapo Guzman of the 80s, 90s and 2000s. We ended alcohol prohibition and now people do not shoot each other over a barrel of beer. Hopefully if we get smart and end drug prohibition… people will no longer shoot each other over drugs either. Drugs are not bad or dangerous on their own, their monetary value has been multiplied and inflated because of their imposed illegality. Illegal drugs and medicines are simply worth more money than other products because of prohibition. Drugs are medicines. NOT dangerous but helpful to all when used properly.
Many things can kill you when misused, does that make them all dangerous to where we need prohibition? Cannabis can NOT kill you even when misused! Is cannabis dangerous?
The bias against cannabis is cultural. Americans must stop supporting this corrupt, racist, ignorant, and immoral drug war! End institutional racism now! END DRUG PROHIBITION NOW!
If we do not find the courage to call out, expose, and honestly deal with all elements of oppression racial, gender, and otherwise, then we are all destined for complete failure due to cowardice. Cowardice to face the issues. You cannot ignore the systematic assault and oppression of so many people and then wonder why communities and institutions are failing. It is an ignorant and naive position and a vicious lie to say so. I challenge ANYONE to reference this course of events and defend any of this drug war behavior as not corrupt, not racist, not ignorant, not a tragic hypocrisy and morally right. Please see definitions for the following terms corrupt, racist, ignorant, and immoral at end of article.
“In things racial… we have always been and I believe continue to be in too many ways a nation of cowards.” Attorney General Eric Holder United States Department of Justice
Cowardice is defined as a lack of bravery. Fits well. You think?
Modern politicians and voters that believe and buy into the propaganda of “Reefer Madness” are still acting in unison with the racist and immoral officials of the past. Supporting racist and ignorant policies decades after they have been proven to be illegitimate, harmful, misinformed, and unconstitutional.
The last few presidential campaigns illustrate very clearly that a republican party goal is to disenfranchise people of color. Republicans do not want African-Americans and many others to vote, and have acted on those goals regularly for decades but increasingly more so recently. How different are today’s white Americans than all of those White Americans watching on in satisfaction or indifference as black families were tortured and murdered in the public square, as a sign to others. Not unlike how modern terrorists and groups, ISIS and ISIL (Islamic State In Syria/Libya), publicly torture and murder their victims to warn others. And not unlike so many American Police Departments that broadcast the murders that they will be getting away with every day on tv and the internet. It is a powerful message that law enforcement has been sending the black community for so many years. It goes something like this…
“We are given the power to destroy you on sight, publicly or privately and wherever or whenever we so please. You have no recourse so when you see police officers know that they have the right to do as they please with you, your person, your property, and your family. You have NO rights when an officer is talking to you BOY so listen up or suffer whatever the officer decides your punishment or execution should be. We can beat you, shoot you, rape or sodomize you, and kidnap and imprison you to do it all over every day for the rest of your miserable black life. Our society says as a white officer I’m better than you and its my job to make sure you are oppressed. I take my job serious and you should too.”
The presidential campaign of Republican Nominee Donald Trump is openly encouraging physical violence against African Americans now in August of 2016 and is promising to punish Muslims, people of Mexican heritage, and foreigners as well.
Are citizens allowed to fight back against oppression? The culture in America and Boston must change. These changes must happen or we can all expect the pitiful situation that our culture has created today to continue. The drug war, racist institutions, mass incarceration, police terrorism of the black population, increasing racial violence and white supremacist media rhetoric and groups, the Jim Crow paradigm, all will continue to lead us as a nation towards ruin. No one will feel safe or content until agents of oppression cease fire. The public will NOT trust government, law enforcement, or any of their representatives because it has been their policy to treat so many Americans as targets of oppression and have not bothered to change the dynamic. We have been waiting a VERY long time.
END AMERICAN COWARDICE!!! STOP OPPRESSION!!! END JIM CROW!!!
Loyalty Duty Respect Selfless Service Honor Integrity Personal Courge L.D.R.S.H.I.P.
Nothing about the drug war can be said to embody ANY of these American Army Values which are required to be memorized and practiced by all US Soldiers.. The Drug War is and always has been immoral. So as far as this veteran is concerned, The Drug War has no place in our society. For those that wish to continue the racist and immoral drug war… please let us know why the oppression of so many is necessary?
“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” – Thomas Paine
None of the previous has been a secret folks.. when will reasonable people act?
Chief – from BostonCannabis.Info
dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery.
having or showing a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain.
a person who believes that a particular race is superior to another.
having or showing the belief that a particular race is superior to another.
lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.