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Originally posted by semperfortis
While all the crying about police officers? boo f'n hoo, when its well known that many police officers at every level of law enforcement are lining their pockets with drug money.
Or is this a rant from a previous "customer" of those very same police?
Originally posted by Liquid Swords1
Wow, It amazes me how many are uniformed about drugs.
Originally posted by Xfile
Many think this"WAR"began in the 80's with reagan and the d.e.a.wrong.it started in the 1800's with the chinese and mexican immigrant workers.(opium and marijuana respectively)a way 2 deport arrest migrants once work was done.then 2 african americans in early 1900's 4 coc aine/heroin.in short the"WAR"was born of our racsist history.it continues 2 include all now as a cash cow 4 all system.
Significant Events in the History of our Drug Laws
This page provided thanks to Robert Keel, University of Missouri at Saint Louis
Originally prepared for his Soc. 180 class
Year Event 1600s Colonial laws required farmers to grow hemp because it was used for ropes and sails on ships. A good hemp industry was important to the shipping industry. 1700s Hemp was the primary crop grown by George Washington at Mount Vernon, and a secondary crop grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. 1844 Cocaine was synthesized 1845 A law prohibiting the public sale of liquor is enacted in New York State.
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Modern Times--The 20th Century
1910 - African-American 'reefer' use reported in jazz clubs of New Orleans, said to be influencing white people.
1910 - Mexicans reported to be smoking cannabis in Texas.
1910 - Newspaper tycoon Randolph Hearst has 800,000 acres of prime Mexican timberland seized from him by Villa and his men.
1911 - Hindus reported to be using 'gunjah' in San Fransisco.
1911 - South Africa starts to outlaw cannabis.
1912 - First International Opium conference. The possibility of putting controls on cannabis is raised.
1915 - Utah passes the first state anti-marijuana law. Mormons who had gone to Mexico in 1910 returned smoking cannabis. It was oulawed as a result of Utah legislature enacting all Mormon religious prohibitions as law.
1915 - California outlaws cannabis.
1916 - USDA Bulletin No.404 calls for new program of expansion of hemp to replace uses of timber in industry. [David F. Musto, An historical perspective on legal and medical responses to substance abuse, *Villanova Law Review*, 18:808-817 (May), 1973; p. 816]
1917 - George Schlichten brought his decorticator to the United States and showed it to Harry Timken. Timken showed it to various 'higher ups' in the newspaper industry. Shortly after, for unknown reasons, development work on the decorticator was stopped.
1919 - Texas outlaws cannabis.
1920s - Hearst's newspapers run series of stories portraying Negroes and Mexicans as frenzied beasts under the influence of 'marijuana'. (The word 'marijuana' was used to con the American people that it was not cannabis). Local State laws against cannabis are not enforced because law enforcement officials are concerned with alcohol prohibition.
1921 - Alfred C. Prentice, M.D. a member of the Committee on Narcotic Drugs of the American Medical Association, declares "Public opinion regarding the vice of drug addiction has been deliberately and consistently corrupted through propaganda in both the medical and lay press.... The shallow pretense that drug addiction is a 'disease'.... has been asserted and urged in volumes of 'literature' by self-styled 'specialists.'" [Alfred C Prentice, The Problem of the narcotic drug addict, *Journal of the American Medical Association*, 76:1551-1556; p. 1553]
1923 - League of Nations. South Africa claims mine workers are not as productive after using 'dagga' (cannabis) and calls for international controls. Britain insists on further research before any controls are imposed.
1924 - Second International Opiates Conference. Egypt claims serious problems associated with 'hashish' use and calls for immediate international controls. The conference voted (with Britain abstaining) to declare cannabis a Narcotic and recommends strict international control.
1924 - Cannabis ruderalis identified by Lamarck.
1925 - The Panama Canal Zone Report conducted due to the level of cannabis use by soldiers in the area conludes that there is no evidence that cannabis use is habit-forming or deliterious. The report recommends that no action be taken to prevent the sale or use of cannabis.
1927 - New York outlaws cannabis.
1928, Sept 28th - The Dangerous Drugs Act 1925 becomes law and cannabis is made illegal in Britain.
1930s - "New" decorticators invented to mechanise the hemp harvest.
1930s - 1200 hash-bars in New York.
1930s - Andrew Mellon is Secretary of Treasury. (Mellon was also owner of Gulf Oil).
1930s - Hearst's sensationalist anti-marijuana stories leads to outcry for cannabis prohibition throughout the US.
1937 - By 1937, 46 of the 48 states had oulawed cannabis.
1931 - The Federal Bureau of Narcotics is formed with Anslinger appointed as its head.
1934 - Anslinger refers to 'ginger-coloured 'n-word's' in official FBN circulars.
1936 - The FBN is under pressure from states in the south west to create federal legislation to ban cannabis.
1937 - Shortly before the Marijuana Tax Act, Commissioner Harry J. Anslinger writes: "How many murders, suicides, robberies, criminal assaults, hold-ups, burglaries, and deeds of maniacal insanity it [cannabis] causes each year, especially among the young, can only be conjectured." [Quoted in John Kaplan, *Marijuana*, p. 92]
1937 - DuPont patents process for making plastics from oil and coal as well as a new bleaching process for making paper from wood pulp. DuPont advises its share holders to invest in its new petrochemical industry claiming that the government would force the acceptance of these new industries.
Originally posted by yeah right
the taliban were destroying the poppies!! ,almost eradicated!!
now there's more than ever........hmmm....
In the 2000/2001 cultivating period, the Taliban used violent reprisals and severe punishment to cause opium production to plummet from 3,276 mt in 2000 to only 185 mt in 2001 - a fall of a staggering 94 percent. In areas under its control, the Taliban was uncompromisingly tough, allowing it to complete, according to the London-based Independent newspaper "one of the quickest and most successful drug elimination programmes in history".
"A 1997 report from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor called the opium poppy the "mainstay" of the Taliban economy, accounting for perhaps $100 million in annual revenues for Afghan growers and traffickers. Indeed, with virtually no infrastructure to support manufacturing and little in the way of licit international trade, it is perhaps the only basis of the Taliban's economy apart from the military aid from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan." --DPF.
Originally posted by Sonata
I wonder how bad soceity would get if some forms of drugs were legalized?
Take pot for example, completly harmless when compared with the effects of alcohol. But yet billions of dollars are poured into fighting it every year.
Has someone high on pot ever killed someone or been envolved in a hit an run? Now im not saying pot has never been responisable for crime but what about when its compared with the distruction that alchohol causes?
All pot makes someone do is eat more food and fall asleep on the couch while watching adult swim on the cartoon network. I say if Americans want to be lazy slobs than let them arent they already? I can walk across the street and eat five bigmacs at a local mcdonalds and pretty much get the same effect anyway and big macs are LEGAL!
Alcohol is just so much more distructive than pot. I say put pot in a fancey box and tax the crap out of it. Keep the rules the same as regular smoking.
The big problem for the USA is that too much money has already been poured into the fight for pot and too many campains ran to fight it. Our government has intagrated the whole war on pot into its on polictal structure.
original quote by: fingapointa
And the Taliban were only doing that because they were getting payed to do it. Around '99-'00 they were provided financial incentives to eradicate the poppy fields (which they did with cruel efficency).
1. The Issue
Afghanistan is the world’s largest producer of opium. Because poppy plants are used to make opium, poppie growing is illegal in most countries, and only frown in highly controlled and specially designated areas. In 2002, the revenue generated by the sale of opium from Afghanistan on the world market exceeded $1 billion at the farm level – almost 5% of Afghanistan's GDP. During the 1990’s, Afghanistan poppies supplied approximately 70% of the world’s opium, but in 1999 the Taliban's fatwa prohibitted the planting of poppies and was 96% successful in eliminating the crops. However, the Taliban government allowed for the trade of opium, and taxed it heavily. Since the US invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 and the subsequent ousting of the Taliban, crop production resumed with full-force. The poppies are processd into opium, and the opium is traded throughout the region and into Western Europe. The illegal trade of poppies has created transnational disputes and directly led to the decline in civil society in the countries through which it is traded. Under the Taliban and in post-Taliban Afghanistan, the profits from opium sales have been used to fund tribal warlords and fuel armed conflict.
Ironically, the sale of poppies for pharmacetuical or culinary use is entirely legal in most countries.
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Originally posted by fingapointa
What I was trying to say was that perhaps the u.s. gov. used the eradication program as a carrot and stick form of diplomacy providing funds and encouragement to undertake a brutal and unsustainable program (94% reduction in 2000, 94% increase in 2004). I'm thinking it was just another lever and yes, the taliban issued a fatwa, but what motivated that, seeing it was a major cash cow and the seeming indifference to selling to infidels?
Originally posted by semperfortis
I don't know how many are "uniformed" about the war on drugs, but there are a lot that are "uninformed."
You don't appear to be one though. Good Job!!!