We all respect the laws of the land as they are what keeps us civilized, and we assume that our legislators have done their due diligence before making laws that could send people to jail. But when the rhetoric from our legislators is at such odds with our experience, we have to go back and see how and why certain laws were made.
HARRY ANSLINGER, Director of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics
from Cannabis History by hampapartiet.
It appears as though a self-perpetuating bureaucracy established to deal with alcohol prohibition had nothing to do once that prohibition was repealed, so Harry Anslinger, director of the FBN, picked on the herb of choice of Mexican migrant workers as a replacement to vilify. These choice comments of Director Anslinger give an indication of attitudes that would influence ‘War On Drugs’ policing and social justice in the future;
- …the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.
- Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing.
- There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.
- Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.
- Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.
- You smoke a joint and you’re likely to kill your brother.
- Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.
Anslinger Hunted Billie Holiday to Death
TRANSCRIPT. JOHANN HARI: Yeah, not far from where we are now, in 1939, Billie Holiday stands on stage in a hotel, and she sings the song “Strange Fruit,” which obviously your viewers will know is an anti-lynching song. Her goddaughter Lorraine Feather said to me, “You’ve got to understand how shocking this was, right?” Billie Holiday wasn’t allowed to walk through the front door of that hotel; she had to go through the service elevator. To have an African-American woman standing up, at a time when most pop songs were like twee, you know, “P.S. I Love You,” that kind of thing, singing against lynching in front of a white audience was regarded as really shocking. And that night, according to her biographer, Julia Blackburn, she’s told by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, “Stop singing this song.”https://www.democracynow.org/2015/4/7/johann_harri_the_hunting_of_billie
RICHARD NIXON and JOHN EHRLICHMAN
The original 1937 law against cannabis/hemp was a tax law that was declared unconstitutional during Richard Nixon’s time, and he commissioned a study – the Shafer Commission – that recommended legalization; not what Nixon wanted to hear. John Ehrlichman gave an interview in which he showed that Nixon’s vindictive nature won out over common sense and social justice.
John Ehrlichman, Counsel and Assistant to President Nixon: “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar Left, and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or blacks. But by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
Interviewed in 1992 by journalist Dan Baum, author of Smoke and Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure, full quote in “Truth, Lies, and Audiotape” by Dan Baum (2012).
From blog entry http://deirdre.net/disrupting-demographics-nixons-war-on-drugs/
“[T]he growing cost of the drug war is now impossible to ignore: billions of dollars wasted, bloodshed in Latin America and on the streets of our own cities, and millions of lives destroyed by draconian punishment that doesn’t end at the prison gate; one of every eight black men has been disenfranchised because of a felony conviction,” Baum writes. “Now, for the first time, we have an opportunity to change course.”
“Legalize it all,” he writes.
REEFER MADNESS AND YELLOW JOURNALISM
ESCALATING PUNISHMENT AND SWAT RAIDS
- Please note – There is no honor in perpetuating the catastrophic failure that is cannabis prohibition. Disastrous unintended consequences are everywhere and especially horrifying is the social injustice of incarcerating mostly minorities, as shown by the ACLU’s maps. Curtailing the availability of medicine results in an underground supply network, huge price increases, and violent cartels. Mandatory minimums, prisons for profit, and policing for profit with asset forfeiture – there is so much corruption because there is so much money at stake. Medical research has been thwarted, and cottage industries banned. The solution – the way to bring down the cartels and end the violence – is to repeal the prohibition of cannabis. If everyone grew all they needed, the price would fall to parity with tomatoes.