a reply to: enlightenedservant
To be fair, the majority of the reason for the drug war, with particular focus on the issue of marijuana, stems from the fact that a publishing tycoon
in the olden days, had invested in the production of paper from wood pulp, and was in danger of being outperformed by other publishers, who were using
the cheaper, and more durable hemp, to make their paper stock from. Standing to be swatted aside in short order, if his publishing failed, which it
was in danger of doing because of his larger overhead cost, relating to his insistence on investing in wood pulp and timber, he started a smear
campaign against the plant which was bringing his competitors such cheap success.
That is literally the cornerstone, the foundation of the war against marijuana. Over the years, it has become about many other things, but this is
perhaps the most telling of them. Those who have been looking into these matters over the years, will be aware that in every generation which has had
this debate, those who have opposed the plant in all its forms, have done so for spurious reasons, and not the ones they state publicly. For example,
Jeff Sessions is not against cannabis because he believes it is the devils weed, but because his financial ties to the tobacco industry are so tight,
as well as his financial interest in the private prison system, both of which benefit from the current illegality on the Federal level, of possessing
or growing the plant, or possessing it with the intention of distributing it.
He will not tell you that though. He will, instead, tell people that his reasons are moral, ethical, that he is concerned about mental health,
physical health of those using it, and a whole heap of other things which, in actual fact, have nothing to do with the reasons he REALLY dislikes the
idea of legalisation.
Whether its excuses which have been used before, like the lies spread by Hearst, or the notion that allowing it to become legal will put too much
financial power in the hands of minorities, which has also been an excuse at times, the reality of the matter, is that the REAL reason people in power
refuse to allow it to become legal, is because they do not want the financial status quo to be threatened, to permit a situation where the power
currently held by the few, is distributed among the many.
Its the same tart in a different frock, and needs to be knocked on the head.