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US incarceration timeline

Total incarceration, and incarceration rate, peaked in 2008. It has been declining since Obama overthrew the Republicans.

Share links: gop - republicans - democrats. This article was written by Timeshifter. See also: Cost of U.S. drug war. And: Race, ethnicity, and the drug war. And: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate. And: Drug war charts and maps. And: Cannabis and 2014 U.S. election. And: Drug War, mandatory minimum sentencing, NRA, and guns.
Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech [1]: "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 quote at 1 minute 7 seconds into this video clip narrated by Woody Harrelson.

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.

One third of Americans have a criminal record Edit

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"The FBI currently has 77.7 million individuals on file in its master criminal database—or nearly one out of every three American adults." Quote is from this article:

The Republican Party is controlled by the 1%. They need the prison-industrial complex and the permanent lower class of one third of adult Americans with a criminal record.

Drug war + Trickle-down Reaganomics, = mass incarceration and mass control.
2015. 70th anniversary: Victory over fascism in WW2. 35th year: Reagan's cannabis war. Today, Republicans often block cannabis legislation (except low-THC) state by state. Support legislation. It is 100 years since U.S. federal narcotic law enforcement began, and Billie Holiday's birth. 2. The movie, "The Birth of a Nation," came out in 1915. Originally called The Clansman. First blockbuster movie. Roots of hate radio, Fox News, Nixon's racist Southern Strategy, and racist drug war.
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People in prisons and jails for drug-related crime Edit

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See main article: People in prisons and jails in the USA for drug-related crime.
And: Number of marijuana prisoners in the USA.
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.
Number of people in prisons and jails for drug offenses, 1980 and 2011

The Sentencing Project News - Drug Policy.

Reagan formula of Reefer Madness and Trickle DownEdit

War on drugs is a war on the poor

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See Wikipedia: Trickle-down economics.

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. [12]. 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%.

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News Edit

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See: Current events and news.

2014 election Edit

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See: Cannabis and 2014 U.S. election.

2012 election Edit

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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!

Marijuana Majority

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Mitt Romney in July 2012 in New Hampshire

Mitt Romney, July 2012, New Hampshire. Graphic from NORML Facebook. See video and full quote. The initial question was about medical marijuana. It takes a 2/3 majority in Congress to override a Presidential veto. The U.S. is unique in this among Western democracies. Share this graphic. Share full article on Mitt.

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.

Colorado, Washington Legalize Marijuana! By Phillip Smith, November 7, 2012. More Drug-Related Election Results, Good and Bad. By Phillip Smith.

It's on! Drug Policy in the 2012 Elections: The Initiatives. By Phillip Smith. See: NORML page on November 2012 election issues. See: Vote Medical Marijuana. A Record-Based Voter Guide. See: Steph Sherer: Medical Marijuana Is on Your Ballot. See: Election 2012 Resource Page. See: Florida Election Guide 2012 by Florida Cannabis Action Network. See: 2012: I-502 (Marijuana). Fact Check Washington. See: Make Phone Calls To Pass Marijuana Legalization Now! See: 7 Simple Ways YOU Can Help Legalize Marijuana. See: Mitt Romney strongly opposes marijuana for any use, and will fight it "tooth and nail". Share link.


Some more 2012 news Edit

Just say no to years of lies

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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:

US criminal justice cost timeline

$228 billion total in 2007 according to BJS data. $36 billion in 1982 (not adjusted for inflation). Detailed yearly costs timeline is here (scroll down). See inflation-adjusted chart. BJS is U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. The majority of prisoners are incarcerated due to the drug war. See drug war charts and maps. State prisons averaged $31,286 per inmate in 2010. See: Costs of U.S. drug war.

Of course there are some clueless Democrat incumbents too that need the boot:

Fortunately, it looks like some Democrats are pulling their heads out of Republican asses.

"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

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Mitt Romney on marijuana and medical marijuana Edit

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See also: 2012 vote for cannabis. See: Cannabis and the illusion of democracy in the USA. See: The U.S. Drug War. Republicans lead.

Mitt Romney will fight marijuana "tooth and nail".

Mitt Romney in July 2012 in New Hampshire

Mitt Romney, July 2012, New Hampshire. Graphic from NORML Facebook. See video and full quote. The initial question was about medical marijuana. It takes a 2/3 majority in Congress to override a Presidential veto. The U.S. is unique in this among Western democracies. Share this graphic. Share full article on Mitt.

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:
We know from a rare personal admission that Mitt Romney experienced a faint whiff of alcohol, a long, long time ago. “I tasted a beer and tried a cigarette once as a wayward teenager,” he said last November [2011], “and never tried it again.”

From Mormon.org: Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?
More on Romney's history: Wikipedia: Mitt Romney.
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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."

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."

"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

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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

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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

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Gingrich's 1995 death penalty bill for cannabis Edit

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See Newt Gingrich. In contrast, see: Lowest enforcement priority for cannabis offenses.

Newt Gingrich, West Georgia College professor

Newt Gingrich, 1970 ?. Image info. Largest size.

Mike Myers as Austin Powers

Mike Myers as Austin Powers.

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.

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....."

Newt Gingrich 12 August 2011 Des Moines, Iowa

Newt Gingrich on August 12, 2011 at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, ahead of the Ames Straw Poll.

New York City 1998 MMM

Million Marijuana March, now known as Global Marijuana March and Worldwide Marijuana March, was the Fifth Avenue Pot Parade expanded worldwide by Dana Beal and Cures-Not-Wars. May 2, 1998 was "Phase 1" with no other known cities (yet) except New York City. See image info and larger version.

Gary Johnson rips Newt Gingrich about marijuana Edit

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Gary Johnson rips Newt Gingrich about Marijuana Death Penalty Idea.

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Gatewood Galbraith on Newt Gingrich Edit

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Gatewood Galbraith. January 23, 1947 – January 4, 2012. See more about Gatewood here.

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."
- "Iconic Kentucky political figure Gatewood Galbraith dead at 64." Jan 5, 2012 article in Lexington Herald-Leader.
Gatewood Galbraith in cannabis garden

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Gatewood Galbraith (younger)

A younger Gatewood Galbraith. Enlarge image.

See: Template:Gatewood Galbraith on Newt Gingrich. And: Newt Gingrich's deadly Drug War.

2011. Senate votes 60 to 38 for indefinite military detention of Americans Edit

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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.


See: Template:Senate votes for indefinite military detention of Americans.

U.S. marijuana history Edit

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Reagan, and propaganda of incarceration nations Edit

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See also: Reagan's war on cannabis. And: Trickle-down Reaganomics, a child's course in economics.

Propaganda of incarceration nations

Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech [17]: "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 quote at 1 minute 7 seconds into this video clip narrated by Woody Harrelson.
U.S. incarceration timeline 4

Obama helping turn around the Reagan-Bush War on Pot, mandatory minimums, and mass incarceration.

Reaganism: Cannabis war, trickle-down economics, code-word racism, hate radio, mass incarceration.

Just Say No. Nancy and Ronald Reagan 2

Nancy Reagan and Ronald Reagan of the USA. The "Just Say No" campaign.

Stalin and child

Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union.

S.A. brownshirt

S.A. brownshirts in Nazi Germany.

The drug war is a religious war against a spiritual plant. That old-time religion. Religion imposed by law or force.
See Wikimedia Commons: Category:Government propaganda. Note the "glorious mission" or "glorious war" nature of much propaganda. Like the Republican-led Holy War, the "War on Drugs". See Wikipedia: War on Drugs. It is really a war on some drug users. This particular glorious war was reinvigorated by the cult leaders, Ronald and Nancy Reagan. The B-movie actor Ronald (6) Wilson (6) Reagan (6) is still worshiped like a God (or idol) by some segments of the Republican Party. "The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made." - Jean Giraudoux. French diplomat, dramatist, and novelist (1882 - 1944).
2015. The 70th anniversary of victory over fascism. The 35th anniversary of Reagan's war on cannabis.

Sometimes it takes simultaneous multi-front worldwide action to defend against fascism. For example; against the Nazis in WWII. Join the march of freedom against the U.S. Republican Party, and other mostly conservative parties worldwide. They lead the drug war. See: Global Marijuana March.

1989. Papa Bush's escalation of the drug war Edit

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National Rifle Association and mandatory minimums Edit

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See: Drug War, mandatory minimum sentencing, NRA, and guns.
Some people don't know that the National Rifle Association had a large part in causing the huge increase in the U.S. incarceration rate. The NRA strongly lobbied state-by-state for mandatory minimum sentences (also known as "Truth in Sentencing"), and "Two and Three Strikes" laws. Mandatory-minimum sentences are the root cause of the astronomical US incarceration rate according to a New York Times article. The majority of people incarcerated in the U.S. are in prison or jail due to drug-related offenses, crimes to get money for drugs, or drug-related parole or probation violations. For more info see National Rifle Association and mandatory minimum sentencing. See template.
See list of incarceration rates by country (b c). Compare the rates. Due to the Drug War the USA has the highest incarceration rate in the world (except for the tiny country of the Seychelles). See cost of U.S. drug war: 1.5 trillion dollars!

The Reagans and Just Say No Edit

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Brownshirts

The elephant is the mascot of the Republican Brownshirts. See: The U.S. Drug War. Republicans lead. Sheep follow. Everybody pays. Share link.

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.

Just Say No. Nancy and Ronald Reagan 2

Reagan's massive 1982 drug war escalation Edit

State and federal prison incarceration rate timeline with highlights

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See chart to the right. It covers prison inmates.
See also this chart with jail inmates too.

Cannabis is safer Edit

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See longer article: Cannabis is safer.

Mitt Romney in July 2012 in New Hampshire 2

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Obama helping turn around the Reagan-Bush War on Pot, mandatory minimums, and mass incarceration.

Majority incarcerated due to drug war Edit

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See: Drug war causes high U.S. incarceration rate.
See also: Number of marijuana prisoners in the USA.
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.
See article: Drug war cost charts, infographics, and links.

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