Saturday, March 5, 2016

Stop using law enforcement as a weapon of war against drugs!

Lawfare: the use of the law as a weapon of war. 

–– “Law and Military Interventions: Preserving Humanitarian Values in 21st -Century Conflicts” by Brigadier General (S) Charles J. Dunlap, Jr., USAF. In Humanitarian Challenges for Military Intervention, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, November 2001.

When it comes to the war on drugs, we have created a giant tiger, and now the tiger has to be fed. Unless we kill the fucking tiger... I assure you world, when the war on drugs ends, their will be no ticker taped parade. History will look back upon the war on drugs with condemnation, and contempt.

A war against drugs, is a war against people.  Taking away the criminality, and refocusing on the healthcare aspect of drugs is going to eventually be the social norm one day, I hope. Until then, we have to sit back and see lives destroyed everyday because of the current state of our world's drug policies.

Anecdotal evidence from me personally, I have smoked cannabis for decades, but I could not hypothetically image me saying to myself one day. "Oh wow, all drugs are legal now, I think I'll go shoot up some heroin!"

Misinformation and fear mongering against drugs are the tools used against us to proliferate drug prohibition.  The most pathetic excuse the government has used is "What about the children?" It has gotten to the point that the governments rhetoric to defend their failed prohibitionists policies, is to hide behind children and use them as a human meat shields.

Albuquerque baby receives hemp oil for epilepsy at Children's Hospital Colorado

What about the children? Maybe in a few years you can ask this child that question.

 Take a look of these recent news articles illustrating the contrasts in current events of consequences that occur because of the war on drugs. By being aware, we can see the injustice. We can see progress to change things. There is hope.

Legal Marijuana Doing What The Drug War Couldn't
Proof that a regulatory market on cannabis has had negative economic effects on profits of drug cartels.

DC’s Legalized Weed Is One-Year Old, And Crime Has Cratered
Even though there is no regulated market, crime still went down exponentially.

Why billionaire drug warlords in Latin America owe their power to white-collar crooks from the US
Drug prohibition creates the drug cartels

Saudi Arabia; beheads three convicted drug traffickers
Why are people being legally executed for drugs in this day and age? It is barbaric.

Why harm reduction and drug policy reform need each other
More insight into making the case for harm reduction instead of fighting the war on drugs.

War on Drugs Takes Center Stage at UN as Global Leaders and International Activists Assemble in NY

"In April, the world will come together to talk about drugs. The United Nations will host a General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS), the most significant high-level international drug policy event in almost two decades. At the last UNGASS in 1998, the international community met under the slogan "A drug free world - We can do it!" and committed itself to this unrealistic goal. Fortunately, we've come a long way since then. This time, when global leaders meet at the UN to discuss drugs once again, the farce of a drug free world will be far away. Influential voices from around the world are calling for new approaches to drug policy, countries and cities are experimenting with innovative reforms, and a global movement has emerged calling for an end to the failed prohibitionist policies of the past. From April 18 to 21, people from all over the world will be descending upon New York City to demand change."

When it really comes right down to it, the US government most likely will not change it's federal polices on drugs until something is amended by the United Nations. 

In the mean time, if you realize that drug prohibition laws are unjust, and if you become a juror, you do not have to find someone guilty. Research Jury Nullification. 

Jury Nullification: Why Every American Needs to Learn This Taboo Verdict

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