Sunday, May 23, 2010

Killer Bud's Marijuana Prohibition Research Links

I have been an outspoken marijuana advocate for many years. I guess you could say my whole life I have wanted to be able to have the freedom to smoke a joint without being prejudiced against by law enforcement. As I have gotten older it has gotten to be more important to encourage, at the very least, legalized medical marijuana.

I have been in several car accidents where my head has ended up busting through a windshield. I have chronic back pain, but I still manage to do what I have to do to survive. I work hard all day, but afterwords I am usually on the couch imploring my fiancee to give me back massages.

I have done a lot of research through the years and have acquired some interesting websites that only steady my conviction to help end this unjust prohibition. Unfortunately the things I have learned have exposed things from the government that is less than honest. Honesty is something we should expect from our elected leaders. Especially when their dishonest policy ends up making millions of honest, non violent, Americans criminals.

It boggles my mind how racism and corporate greed had influenced this current situation we see today. If someone like Harry Jacob Anslinger, who held office as the Assistant Prohibition Commissioner in the Bureau of Prohibition, before being appointed as the first Commissioner of the Treasury Department's Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) on August 12, 1930, if had said this kind of rhetoric today for justifying the creation for cannabis prohibition, he would of been quickly shut up and kicked out of public office.

Even though it was almost 80 years ago, Harry Anslinger is one of the main people responsible for causing the hysteria against marijuana on an national level.

Harry Anslinger is responsible for racial themes in articles against marijuana in the 1930s.

"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."

"Colored students at the Univ. of Minn. partying with (white) female students, smoking [marijuana] and getting their sympathy with stories of racial persecution. Result: pregnancy"

This kind of rhetoric may have worked 80 years ago to create cannabis prohibition, but if he was to say something like that in present time he would not of become the leader of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

Yet what motivated him to say what he did exists to this very day in the form of cannabis prohibition.

Even a former president, Richard Nixon, used race to justify cannabis prohibition. The Freedom of Information Act uncovered tapes that were withheld for years by our government.  The Nixon White House tapes from 1971-1972 held conversations between President Nixon and a special "Blue Ribbon Commission" he made to evaluate the pros and cons of marijuana.

Unfortunately the "Blue Ribbon Commission" did not come out the way President Nixon had anticipated due to its pro marijuana outcome. He essentially buried the findings of the commission, and set out on his own personal crusade against marijuana and minorities.

  • Jews and marijuana: "I see another thing in the news summary this morning about it. That's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them? I suppose it's because most of them are psychiatrists . . ."
  • Marijuana and the culture wars: "You see, homosexuality, dope, immorality in general. These are the enemies of strong societies. That's why the Communists and the left-wingers are pushing the stuff, they're trying to destroy us."
  • Marijuana compared to alcohol: marijuana consumers smoke "to get high" while "a person drinks to have fun." Nixon also saw marijuana leading to loss of motivation and discipline but claimed: "At least with liquor I don't lose motivation."
  • Marijuana and political dissent: ". . . radical demonstrators that were here . . . two weeks ago . . . They're all on drugs, virtually all."
  • Drug education: "Enforce the law, you’ve got to scare them." 
It is from looking back and questioning things, that will make us reevaluate where we should go from now.

I am honestly surprised that a minority hasn't opposed marijuana prohibition under the context that the laws were created to enforce marijuana prohibition, purposefully focused on targeting Hispanics and African Americans with racist intent. From the President all the way down to your local police officer on the corner the government encouraged enforcement against minorities.

Basically the law against marijuana should be thrown out if the primary reason for creating it was to control minorities.

Since this can be easily proven, why couldn't this be used for the minorities as a defense?

If we were to take out the racism and fear mongering from the equation back in the 1930's all the way through to the president from the 1970's, would we still have this negative attitude towards marijuana in this day and time?
I have the links to back up my research. (Located on the bottom of my blog section.) It is an ongoing project and will grow over the years. That is unless our country finally decides to reform marijuana laws once and for all. 



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