Six Groups Who Benefit From the Drug War

An awesome presentation from Judge Jim Gray. He really nails a lot of important points in a few short minutes:

I will make one comment on Judge Gray's discussion here with regards to his statement that politicians are benefiting from the war on drugs. This has certainly been true in the past, but we're witnessing a palpable shift in the way these issues are approached in mainstream politics.

The drug war has become so deeply unpopular among a sizable segment of the population that the White House felt it necessary to publicly reject the "war" metaphor. It was a shrewd and arguably disingenuous political maneuver, but it illustrates vividly how far removed we are from the days when politicians went out of their way to impress the public with tough lock 'em up rhetoric. You don't hear many mainstream politicians bragging about their drug war credentials these days. Heck, Obama's most popular drug policy decision since taking office was his effort to curtail DEA raids in medical marijuana states.

We need to stop selling the idea that supporting the drug war is good for politicians. We don't want them thinking that, and it isn’t really even true anymore.
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I have a very hard time

I have a very hard time taking anti-drug war sentiment from former law-enforcement officials of any stripe seriously, most especially when they willingly added fuel to the fire and made it infinitely worse than it could be simply because it was their job to do so. However, I will not ignore the powerful rationality that comes from Judge Gray's mouth, or even the members of LEAP, most of whom were policemen that gleefully hooked and booked drug offenders just because it was the law. Perhaps if more people were to take cues from Judge Gray, the United States might not go down in shambles on account of
industrial complexes like the Drug War.

Best comment on Radley's site is this one:

#4 from Cynical in CA
"This clown would have earned my respect if he had said, 'Let’s face reality. Decriminalizing marijuana is the right thing to do because it is wrong to dictate to an individual what one can put in one’s body.'

"Every fucking goddamn thing has to be about the children. Fuck the children already. Doesn’t anyone give a shit about adults? How about people in general?"

I didn't quote his entire comment, if you want to read it go here:
http://www.theagitator.com/2010/03/10/morning-links-324/#comments

I'm pro-choice on EVERYTHING!

Who supports the prohibition?

7,000 people were murdered by the Mexican drug cartels last year because we in the US kept marijuana illegal, many of the victims were children, police officers and politicians. This year the cartels are on track to kill at least 9,000 more. Who supports keeping it illegal?

How much longer do we have to put up with this dangerous farce?

Prohibition is a sickening horror and the ocean of human wreckage it has left in its wake is almost endless.

Based on the unalterable proviso that drug use is essentially an unstoppable and ongoing human behavior which has been with us since the dawn of time, any serious reading on the subject of past attempts at any form of drug prohibition would point most normal thinking people in the direction of sensible regulation. By its very nature prohibition cannot fail but create a vast increase in criminal activity, and rather than preventing society from descending into anarchy, it actually fosters an anarchic business model – the international Drug Trade. Any decisions concerning quality, quantity, distribution and availability are then left in the hands of unregulated, anonymous, ruthless drug dealers, who are interested only in the huge profits involved.

Prohibition ideology is based on lies and the ‘War on Drugs’ is a de facto ‘war on people’ (some might even successfully argue that it’s a de facto race war). Prohibition has decimated generations and criminalized millions for a behavior which is entwined in human existence, and for what other purpose than to uphold the defunct and corrupt thinking of a minority of misguided, self-righteous Neo-Puritans and degenerate demagogues who wish nothing but unadulterated destruction on the rest of us!

One of the worst things about drug prohibition

One of the worst things about drug prohibition, except for the destruction of millions of lives, is that whole generations of apparently normal, nice people have come to accept that it is perfectly normal and acceptable to examine peoples urine and blood to see what is in them, and even provide samples of their own for that purpose. This is an absolute horror.

Not enough named groups

While I agree with most of what Judge Gray said, I think he’s leaving out pharmaceutical corporations, alcohol corporations and tobacco corporations as direct beneficiaries of the drug war. It was good that he named the Prison Guard’s Union of California. But I was peeved he used the "save the children argument" this time FOR marijuana legalization—which is annoying. O.K. we don’t want children doing a lot of pot but is it really worse than sugar or TV advertising? Parents give pot in edible form to children with asthma and other conditions, which provides the children some benefits.
Also, I never did understand the logic of “save the children by arresting adults with pot”. How about arresting the children without pot to save the adults who have it? No, that doesn’t sound good either . . .

Nothing new here!

Actually , I have a picture of an old car used in the anti-prohibition movement of the early thirties. It had on it, "lets do it for the children" They found out that kids were getting into speak-easies because there was no reason, for those involved, to worry. They were addicting the youth, allowing them to obtain alcohol at any age. Cannabis is the same way. They can get it because dealers don't card, and for the most part, don't give a damn! They get drugs in prisons, so you know, well, that trying to keep them out of schools won't work, either. As the judge stated "They can get drugs easier than alcohol or cigarettes".

Medically, I don't think it is a good idea to allow a forming brain to have these toxins, alcohol being the worst, introduced into their biological systems! I would not want to encourage any children to do any drugs (including alcohol). They deserve a chance in life before experimenting with such! There has, also, not been any research done on the effect of the immature brain, as yet. (other than the THC/juvenile rat experiment) We need something other than government sponsored propaganda reports! We need real research!

Using it medically, for kids, is completely different. But, the government should let us doctors figure out what it is really good for, instead of wanting to put all of us in jail for prescribing it! We need better research now. And, for God's sake, take it off the class one list! It is only a lie that put it on that list, anyway! Not medicinally useful? HA!!

Judge Gray's a Patriot & So am I

When Judge James P. Gray says, "the best thing I can do for my country is aid in the repeal of Drug Prohibition.." I get chills.  As a filmmaker who has interviewed Judge Gray, I can honestly say that the best thing I can do as a Patriot is spread the word about our award winning documentary.  It shows you first hand what it's like to be a marijuana grower in California and live in fear, though supposedly "protected" by the state.  Gray lays out very poignant fact, "that if the DEA wants to prosecute you, they can, and they will." We the people have given them the power to do so and it is biting us on the heels.  The Mexican drug war is escalating to the point where it is going to spill across our borders in a very ugly way unless we stop it now.  Judge Gray has commented recently about the successes of the Canadian system and how well their Drug Policies work for citizens, but we are still arresting their people like seed growers Marc Emery.  If the USA were to change their drug laws, the rest of the world would wipe the sweat from their brows with a huge sigh of relief and people could get back to living peaceful lives.  If you want to see our film or tweet, share, blog and embed it, please feel free.  We believe Proposition 19 is the example California will set for the new times of policy that are before us and we want to help spread the word about Legalizing Cannabis.

 

Peace Brothers and Sisters,

Casey Casseday

Producer, The Green Rush

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A matter of election

 

Since third world war failed they think... ¿now what should we do with all the weapons we have? mmhh... lets sell it to the mexicans YEAH! let them kill themselves for a while, we need that sweet ass oil and cheap workers.... china is getting out of control!

Missing a very important group here.

The groups who are benefiting the most?

The NRA and gun companies.

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