|Drug war + trickle-down Reaganomics = mass incarceration and mass control.|
- Share links: gop - republicans - democrats. See: Cannabis and the illusion of democracy in the USA.
- See also: Cannabis polls. See Facebook: Global Marijuana March.
- See Cost of U.S. drug war. See Race, ethnicity, and the drug war. See Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate.
- See Drug war charts and maps. See: Cannabis and 2014 U.S. election.
- UK conservatives (and American ones, too) like drug war , and taxing, underpaying, and pillaging the poor and middle class .
|The majority of people incarcerated in prisons and jails in the USA are in due to drug-related offenses, crimes to get money for drugs, or drug-related parole or probation violations. Wikipedia: Drug-related crime. The number of inmates in the USA has increased almost 5 times over since 1980. The USA has the highest incarceration rate of any nation b c (except for the tiny country of the Seychelles). Compare incarceration rates worldwide. The cost of the U.S. drug war is at least 1.5 trillion dollars. Cannabis is safer! Share link.|
Some Congressmen and police who prosecuted the War on Drugs now believe it caused a large increase in the United States incarceration rate. See Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and large chart with sources.
- "I Was Wrong About the War on Drugs – It's a Failure". By Bob Barr (former Republican, former federal prosecutor, and former Congressman). June 11, 2008. AlterNet.
- "The solution to the failed drug war". By Jack A. Cole of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). Sept. 13, 2008. Boston Globe.
Reagan madness of Reefer Madness and Trickle DownEdit
Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech : "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that marijuana, pot, grass, whatever you want to call it, is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States, and we haven't begun to find out all of the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. The loss of memory for example."
- See context, and above quote, at 1 minute 7 seconds into this video clip narrated by Woody Harrelson.
The drug war is part of the Republican war on the poor and middle class. See infographic. Along with other mass incarceration, student debt, disenfranchisement, and wealth inequality.
Record high in the Dow, but median wage remains stagnant. . Republicans block cannabis legislation and minimum wage increases. Real (inflation-adjusted) wages for most Americans have remained stagnant for decades. Note also the incredible transfer of wealth from the bottom 90% to the top 0.1%. Click charts below and to the right:
- Award-Winning Documentary: Drug War Continues to Target the Poor. By Charlotte Dean. 4 Nov 2013.
- The War on Drugs is a War on Minorities and the Poor. By Erik Kain. 28 June 2011. Forbes.
- Decriminalizing Poverty. America doesn't have a drug problem. It has a poverty problem. By Bruce Western. 9 Dec 2010. The Nation.
- The War on Drugs and the New Jim Crow. By Michelle Alexander. Spring 2010.
- U.S. Household Incomes: A 46-Year Perspective. September 17, 2014 by Doug Short.
- US wealth inequality - top 0.1% worth as much as the bottom 90%. By Angela Monaghan. 13 Nov 2014. The Guardian.
2012 election Edit
- Vermont Marijuana Decriminalization Law Goes Into Effect. July 1, 2013.
Democrat Peter Shumlin wins big
in 2012 Vermont governor race
- Share link: shumlin
- Wikipedia: Peter Shumlin and 2012 Vermont gubernatorial election. Result: Shumlin 58.0%. Brock 37.7%.
- Vermont Update: Pro-Reform Candidate Gov. Shumlin Holds Massive Lead. By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Coordinator. August 25, 2012.
- When A Governor Calls And Asks For Support To Reform Marijuana Laws…. By Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director. August 3, 2012.
- His website: Peter Shumlin for Vermont Governor | Leadership for a strong Vermont.
- Google site search of his website for "marijuana".
- Shumlin coasts to victory; 70% of Burlington voters call for ending marijuana prohibition! November 7, 2012 article by Marijuana Policy Project.
The American states of Colorado and Washington voted to legalize cannabis, and Massachusetts became the eighteenth state to approve cannabis for medical use. See 2012 vote for cannabis. Prohibition, your days are numbered!
Why did U.S. Republicans get their asses handed to them in 2012? Well, besides their idiotic rape comments, maybe it is because their support for "freedom" was a sham. For example; at the time of the election very few Republicans had cosponsored H.R. 6335 (see section on cosponsors). That bill would not have done anything more to legalize marijuana or medical marijuana; it would simply have allowed medical marijuana centers operating legally under state law to continue to do so. It would have amended the Controlled Substances Act so as to exempt real property from civil forfeiture due to medical-marijuana-related conduct that was authorized by State law.
Some more 2012 news Edit
Richard Posner, Federal Judge, Slams 'Absurd' Laws Against Marijuana, Other Drugs. By Nick Wing. Posted: Sept. 11, 2012. The Huffington Post. From the article:
He recently expressed displeasure with the current direction of the GOP, telling National Public Radio that he has become "less conservative" as the Republican "crowd of lunatics" became increasingly "goofy."
Republicans leading the drug war:
- Senate Republicans Kill Marijuana Reform In New York. By Steve Elliott. June 19, 2012. Toke of the Town.
Of course there are some clueless Democrat incumbents too that need the boot:
- New Hampshire Medical Marijuana Veto Upheld. By Steve Elliott. June 27, 2012.
Fortunately, it looks like some Democrats are pulling their heads out of Republican asses.
- Iowa Democrats Add Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp to Party Platform. By Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Coordinator, June 20, 2012. NORML Blog. From the article:
"Earlier this year, the Colorado Democrats announced their support for marijuana legalization in their 2012 party platform. On June 9th, the Texas Democrats endorsed marijuana decriminalization. Last weekend, the North Carolina Democratic Party added resolutions supporting medical cannabis and industrial hemp. ... Also worth noting, on June 2nd, the Washington State Democratic Party built upon their earlier endorsement of their state’s legalization initiative, I-502, by adding support for full marijuana legalization and medical cannabis as planks in their party platform."
Some 2012 Republican presidential candidates Edit
Mitt Romney on marijuana and medical marijuana Edit
Mitt Romney will fight marijuana "tooth and nail". Obama is covering his ass. Obama's political carefulness versus Romney's outright hostility.
| Romney is a wimp and a fanatic at the same time. He said he would fight marijuana "tooth and nail". He means it. Most people grow out of early religious militancy, and moderate their views. Not Romney. From the article, The Wrath of Grapes, April 21, 2012 by Timothy Egan of the New York Times:|
From Mormon.org: Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?
|Concerning Obama, or any President. Federal prosecutors (U.S attorneys) are appointed by the President and serve 4 year terms. They are responsible for the crackdown on medical cannabis dispensaries in many states. They are independent and the only way to stop them is for the President to fire them. If a President fired a federal prosecutor over medical marijuana, his political opponents could say that he is subverting federal law. A President can suggest that they not prioritize federal resources going after medical cannabis users, and dispensaries following state law. The President can not change federal law though, and so federal prosecutors can do whatever they want.|
|Video. July 2012.|
Quote from the New Hampshire event in late July 2012 (emphasis added): "The idea of medical marijuana is designed to help get marijuana out in the public marketplace and ultimately lead to legalization of marijuana overall. And in my view that's the wrong way to go. ... I'm opposed to it, and if you elect me president you're not going to see legalized marijuana. I'm going to fight it tooth and nail."
|July 2012. Full quote|
|"I would not legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes, and the reasons are straightforward: As I talk to people in my state and at the federal government level about marijuana and its role in society, they are convinced that the entry way into a drug culture for our young people is marijuana. That marijuana is the starter drug, and that the idea of medical marijuana is designed to help get marijuana out in the public marketplace and ultimately lead to legalization of marijuana overall. And in my view, that's the wrong way to go. And I know that other people have differing views. And if you'd like to get someone who is in favor of marijuana, I know there are some on the Democratic side of the aisle who will be happy to get in your campaign. But I'm opposed to it, and if you elect me president, you're not going to see legalized marijuana. I'm going to fight it tooth and nail."|
|Video with commentary. May 2012|
|Video without background laughter|
Romney Really Doesn’t Want to Talk About Medical Marijuana. Article and video. By Jon Walker. May 11, 2012. Just Say Now. "While in Colorado, local CBS Denver reporter Shaun Boyd asked Mitt Romney about his position on medical marijuana and the candidate was not happy. Romney became visibly upset about the question. He repeatedly interrupted the reporter and chided her for even asking him about it. ... When Romney did finally get around to answering the question he said that he does think marijuana shouldn’t be legal in this country and that he believes it is a gateway drug. ... With 77 percent of the country believing medical marijuana should be allowed Romney is in a tiny minority on this issue. If I were a politician and my position on a particular issue was extremely unpopular, I, too, would hate being asked about it."
|Video. October 2007 in New Hampshire|
"I'm not in favor of medical marijuana being legal". Oct. 6, 2007. In New Hampshire Mitt Romney responds to a man in a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy. Romney refuses to answer the man when asked if he would arrest the man and his doctors. Youtube link. See here for closed-caption version. Don't forget to hit the [CC] button to activate them if you don't have them enabled by default (or click the button for interactive transcripts - it's to the right of the flag button).
More media on Romney and marijuana Edit
Mitt Romney: Marijuana 'For Recreational Use' Is Bad, But I Also Oppose It For All Purposes. By Nick Wing. October 2, 2012. The Huffington Post. A spokesperson said. "He [Romney] opposes legalizing drugs, including marijuana for medicinal purposes. He will fully enforce the nation’s drug laws, and he will oppose any attempts at legalization."
Creepy Romney Edit
Mitt Romney confronts a cannabis user in the summer of 2011 on the beach in La Jolla, California. See Gothamist article. Romney impersonates police officers in high school and college. Romney leads a pack that forcibly cuts off the long hair of a bullied classmate in high school. See ABC News article, and Washington Post article. See 2007 and 2012 videos from New Hampshire where Romney discusses and opposes medical marijuana.
2011. Newt Gingrich calls medical marijuana a joke Edit
- Newt Gingrich Rips Marijuana Use, Shows Historical Ignorance. Submitted by NORML on Jan 4, 2012. On "Opposing Views".
- Presidential Hopeful Gingrich Calls Medical Marijuana A 'Joke'. Toke of the Town. By Steve Elliott. November 28, 2011.
- Newt Gingrich Hates Medical Marijuana And Would Expand The Failed War On Drugs. November 28, 2011. THE Weed Blog.
- Newt Gingrich: Medical Marijuana Is a Convenience That Must Be Stopped. By Andrew Belonsky. November 28 2011. Cannabis Culture Magazine.
- Newt Gingrich on drug laws, entitlements and campaigning: The Yahoo News interview. By Chris Moody. Nov. 28, 2011.
|Videos. Newt Gingrich on medical marijuana|
Gingrich's 1995 death penalty bill for importing 2 ounces of cannabis Edit
Newt Gingrich (see his Wikipedia article) proposed a bill in 1995 to give the death penalty for importing 2 ounces of cannabis. He introduced it in 1996 as H.R. 4170 (Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996) to the House of Representatives.
- Gingrich on Marijuana - See the discussion of H.R. 4170 and importing "100 usual dosage amounts." Life imprisonment without parole for the first offense, and the death penalty for the second offense.
- Gingrich Urges Death Penalty For Illegal Drug Smugglers. Aug. 27, 1995. Washington Post.
- House Speaker Gingrich Proposes Increased Death Penalties for Drug Dealers. October 1995. National Drug Strategy Network.
- H.R. 4170: Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996. GovTrack.us.
Photo to the top right: Newt Gingrich at West Georgia College (which later became the University of West Georgia). According to his Wikipedia article Gingrich was professor there from 1970 to 1978. He left when he was denied tenure. The image source says: "That's not Austin Powers dressed for a job interview... it is Newt Gingrich as a young professor at the University of Georgia." Lol. A comment says: "Short sleeved shirt (?) and a suit : not a good look....."
Gary Johnson rips Newt Gingrich about marijuana death penalty idea Edit
Gatewood Galbraith on Newt Gingrich Edit
Gatewood Galbraith. January 23, 1947 – January 4, 2012.
- Marijuana Activist Legend Gatewood Galbraith Dies. By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~. Jan 4, 2012.
- Gatewood Galbraith: The People's Champion (1947-2012). By Michael Bachara, Special to Salem-News.com - Jan. 5, 2012.
|He reserved special ire for Republicans, most recently calling former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell "aliens, not conservatives. They never met a bloated police state they didn't like."
2011. Senate votes 60 to 38 for indefinite military detention of Americans Edit
|44 Republicans, 15 Democrats, 1 Independent.|
See also: Newt Gingrich's deadly Drug War, extraordinary rendition, and Brutality and the Drug War. Also, "Night and Fog", the Nazi Germany program of disappearances, and indefinite military detention. Also, follow the money: Private prisons and private power.
- Senate Votes To Let Military Detain Americans Indefinitely, White House Threatens Veto. Nov. 29, 2011. Huffington Post.
- 60 senators betrayed you today, they authorized the indefinite suspension of habeus corpus (updated). WeAreChangeTV.us - Nov. 29, 2011.
- Bill Summary & Status - 112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - S.AMDT.1107. See list of Senators voting for and against. THOMAS (Library of Congress).
U.S. marijuana history Edit
Propaganda of incarceration nations Edit
|Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech : "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that marijuana, pot, grass, whatever you want to call it, is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States, and we haven't begun to find out all of the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. The loss of memory for example."|
1989. Papa Bush's escalation of the drug war Edit
- CNN, Sept. 3, 2014: Life sentence for buying weed? 25th anniversary of Papa Bush's War on Drugs escalation speech on September 5, 1989. The first prime time address of his presidency. Result: LifeForPot.com has info on Drug War POWs.
- 2nd nationwide televised Bush speech on drugs on September 12, 1989: "Some think there won't be room for them in jail. We'll make room. We're almost doubling prison space. Some think there aren't enough prosecutors. We'll hire them, with the largest increase in Federal prosecutors in history."
- See: The U.S. Drug War. Republicans lead. Share link: Papa Bush.
National Rifle Association and mandatory minimum sentencing Edit
|Federal mandatory minimum sentencing charts.|
First mandatory minimums chart below is from an older FAMM report, "Correcting Course: Lessons from the 1970s Repeal of Mandatory Minimum Sentences". FAMM is Families Against Mandatory Minimums. . See Wikipedia: Mandatory minimums. The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 increased the amounts of crack cocaine required to trigger 5 and 10 year sentences. . See revised charts since then. Share link to this page.
For charts of all federal mandatory minimums (not just for drug offenses), go here.
Later chart with revisions, such as the amount of crack cocaine required for various sentences:
The Reagans and Just Say No Edit
November 1980 election to now. The Reagan Revolution. "Just Say No" and massive U.S. incarceration increase. U.S.-aided, government-sanctioned, drug-war death squads in Colombia, Mexico, Thailand, etc.. Reaganomics 101: Tax the poor and middle class. Spend exorbitant amounts on "freedom" (doublespeak for more prisons and jails). See Wikipedia: Ronald Wilson Reagan, Nancy Reagan, and the War on Drugs. See also: commons:Category:Just Say No.
|Nancy and Ronald 6 Wilson 6 Reagan 6 riding the drug war Beast. Image info.|
Reagan's massive 1982 drug war escalation Edit
- Reagan declares 'War on Drugs,' October 14, 1982 - Andrew Glass.
- Ronald Reagan: Radio Address to the Nation on Federal Drug Policy.
- Ronald Reagan's War on Drugs.
- The Drug War as Race War.
See chart to the right. It covers prison inmates.
See also this chart with jail inmates too.
Cannabis is safer Edit
- Obama correctly said that cannabis is safer than alcohol. See: Cannabis is safer.
- He also said marijuana should be treated more as a public health issue than a criminal one.
- USA. 1 in 10 deaths of working-age adults are alcohol-related (disease, overdose, car crashes, falls, violence, etc). 87,798 per year, 2006 to 2010. .
See longer article: Cannabis is safer.
- Imagine if Mitt Romney had been elected President of the USA.
- Obama on marijuana legalization. . "My suspicion is that you’re gonna see other states start looking at this". The Washington Post. Jan. 22, 2015. Obama also said: "Last year you had the first time in 40 years where the crime rate and the incarceration rate went down at the same time."