Another long list of people trying to make the world a better place by ending drug war policies worldwide. they use the same language that we typically use here at bostoncannabis.info
Local politicians should take note.
The unprecedented list of signatories includes a range of people from Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders to businessmen Warren Buffett, George Soros, Richard Branson, Barry Diller, actors Michael Douglas and Woody Harrelson, Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, singers John Legend and Mary J. Blige, activists Reverend Jesse Jackson, Gloria Steinem and Michelle Alexander, as well as distinguished legislators, cabinet ministers, and former UN officials.
“The drug control regime that emerged during the last century,” the letter says, “has proven disastrous for global health, security and human rights. Focused overwhelmingly on criminalization and punishment, it created a vast illicit market that has enriched criminal organizations, corrupted governments, triggered explosive violence, distorted economic markets and undermined basic moral values.
“Governments devoted disproportionate resources to repression at the expense of efforts to better the human condition. Tens of millions of people, mostly poor and racial and ethnic minorities, were incarcerated, mostly for low-level and non-violent drug law violations, with little if any benefit to public security. Problematic drug use and HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and other infectious diseases spread rapidly as prohibitionist laws, agencies and attitudes impeded harm reduction and other effective health policies.
“Humankind cannot afford a 21st century drug policy as ineffective and counter-productive as the last century’s.”
“The influence and diversity of the leaders who signed this letter is unprecedented,” said Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which orchestrated the initiative in collaboration with dozens of allied organizations and individuals around the world. “Never before have so many respected voices joined together in calling for fundamental reform of drug control policies – in particular limiting ‘the role of criminalization and criminal justice… to the extent truly required to protect health and safety’.”
The UN Special Session, which will take place April 19-21, is the first of its kind since 1998, when the UN’s illusory but official slogan was “A drug-free world – we can do it!” The upcoming UNGASS was proposed in late 2012 by the Mexican government, with strong support from other Latin American governments. Last year UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a strong call-to-action, urging governments “to conduct a wide-ranging and open debate that considers all options.” Today’s public letter to him was prompted in part by the obstacles to such debate within the confines of the United Nations.
“This letter was drafted and all the signatures secured in just the past few weeks,” noted Nadelmann. “The signatories represent a tiny fraction of the distinguished leaders in politics and public policy, academia, law and law enforcement, health and medicine, culture and entertainment, business, and religion who would agree with the sentiments expressed in this letter.”
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.
We all could have predicted this but it is necessary to think deeper about what this long delay in the decriminalization process is about. The same people that have been benefiting from prohibition are getting every last drop of drug war profits they can before they start making profits selling them.
It is immoral to deny people medication and sacramental herbs all in order to criminalize people and make money off of their incarceration.
The scheduling of cannabis was fraudulent from the beginning!
We all know this and history shows this very clearly. It can not be denied so people just ignore the question.
The DEA is guilty of perpetrating decades of crimes against Americans in their overzealous, misled and misinformed drug war. They have made a lot of money off of American families with their racist and ignorant policies.
Cannabis is now proven to kill cancer cells in laboratories and all evidence and modern science i leading us back to what we always knew…
The DEA has been denying all of us our rights to medicine, to happiness, to religion, to industry, health, wellness and prosperity with their war on cannabis!
It can no longer be disputed by rational educated people.