posted on May, 16 2014 @ 11:45 PM
Richard Nixon conspired against the America people when he began his ill founded war on drugs.
While we all know the US has been at war with drugs for the past 50yrs, a war that has cost the United States of America over a Trillion Dollars and
many of our freedoms. Many Americans do not realize that this war was a choice of the President Richard M Nixon. Nor do they realize that Congress
created a presidential commission to review the research and recommend a long-term strategy, the Shafer Commission.
First Nixon stacked the deck to get the results he wanted:
Congress, when it passed the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, temporarily labeled marijuana a "Schedule I substance" -- a flatly illegal drug
with no approved medical purposes. But Congress acknowledged that it did not know enough about marijuana to permanently relegate it to Schedule I, and
so they created a presidential commission to review the research and recommend a long-term strategy. President Nixon got to appoint the bulk of the
commissioners. Not surprisingly, he loaded it with drug warriors. Nixon appointed Raymond Shafer, former Republican Governor of Pennsylvania, as
Chairman. As a former prosecutor, Shafer had a "law and order," drug warrior reputation. Nixon also appointed nine Commissioners, including the dean
of a law school, the head of a mental health hospital, and a retired Chicago police captain. Along with the Nixon appointees, two senators and two
congressmen from each party served on the Commission. The Shafer Commission -- officially known as the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug
Abuse -- took its job seriously. They launched fifty research projects, polled the public and members of the criminal justice community, and took
thousands of pages of testimony. Their work is still the most comprehensive review of marijuana ever conducted by the federal government.
Then when the commission dug deep into the marijuana situation they came to a surprising conclusion that marijuana should be legalized.
But in the end, the Shafer Commission issued a report that tried to correct the "extensive degree of misinformation," to "demythologize" and
"desymbolize" marijuana. They reported finding that marijuana did not cause crime or aggression, lead to harder drug use or create significant
biochemical, mental or physical abnormalities. They concluded: "Marihuana's relative potential for harm to the vast majority of individual users and
its actual impact on society does not justify a social policy designed to seek out and firmly punish those who use it." The most important
recommendation of the Commission was the decriminalization of possession or non-profit transfer of marijuana. Decriminalization meant there would be
no punishment -- criminal or civil -- under state or federal law.
Nixon had his own ideas and it was not what the Shafer commission recommended:
The Report of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse
Nixon reacted strongly to the report. In a recorded conversation on March 21, the day before the Commission released its report, Nixon said, "We
need, and I use the word 'all out war,' on all fronts ... we have to attack on all fronts." Nixon and his advisors went on to plan a speech about
why he opposed marijuana legalization, and proposed that he do "a drug thing every week" during the 1972 presidential election year. Nixon wanted a
"Goddamn strong statement about marijuana ... that just tears the ass out of them."
Nixon's private comments about marijuana showed he was the epitome of misinformation and prejudice. He believed marijuana led to hard drugs, despite
the evidence to the contrary. He saw marijuana as tied to "radical demonstrators." He believed that "the Jews," especially "Jewish
psychiatrists" were behind advocacy for legalization, asking advisor Bob Haldeman, "What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob?" He made a
bizarre distinction between marijuana and alcohol, saying people use marijuana "to get high" while "a person drinks to have fun."
He also saw marijuana as part of the culture war that was destroying the United States, and claimed that Communists were using it as a weapon.
"Homosexuality, dope, immorality in general," Nixon fumed. "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." His approach drug education was just as simplistic: "Enforce the law. You've
got to scare them."
Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding
Commissioned by President Richard M. Nixon, March, 1972
I apologize for not finding a better link.
While Richard Nixon was impeached from the office of president for his role in Watergate,
his war on drugs may have been a much worse crime against the American people.