Love it when the government and media start quoting things I have been saying for ages. Well it may not be exactly quoting, but they have started saying things I have been saying for a number of years. Typing in the word drugs or prison on the search bar of my blog will bring up a number of articles I have written over the last three years saying exactly what the media is now saying. Well I guess not exactly because I advocate fixing the problem.
Before quoting the media I would like to quote God and the Declaration of Independence on the matter. First here is what God had to say in Genesis 1:29-31,
“29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”
I am pretty certain God knew all the possible uses of the plants he created. Notice that the issues of manmade concoctions like alcohol and wine were not even addressed. They are also both made from seed bearing plants. Proverbs 31:6-9 gives the purpose of alcohol. It does not ban it.
Notice God did not make any exceptions. God also said it was very good. So is our government banning that which was part of the act of creation. Are we arguing with God? So much for being a Christian nation. The Declaration of Independence makes clear we are endowed by Our Creator with certain rights. It seems to me if God said it was okay that would make it a right. Two of our Founding Fathers and ex-presidents grew hemp on their farms, (Washington and Jefferson) so I doubt they considered it illegal.
America’s first drug laws were not designed to make drugs illegal unless they fit in the category of snake oil. Snake oils were concoctions created mainly to relieve people of their money and had no or very little medicinal quality at all. Once Satan got his foot in the door with one law he had a field day. Based on what my Grandfather told me. Pot was made illegal in the 1930’s because at the end of prohibition alcohol companies were not getting their business back. They lobbied to eliminate the competition from pot which according to my grandfather became very popular during prohibition. My grandfather also told me that during World War I he drove a mule team and hauled rope to the front lines and that the dough boys consumed great quantities of the hemp rope he hauled. Who is going to argue with their grandfather? Especially since he was there and saw it and lived it firsthand.
Recent statements by Attorney General Holder show that the writing is on the wall for drug enforcement. Pot needs to be reclassified and made at the same level as alcohol. It needs to be removed from the Controlled Substance List entirely. His recent quotes on NBC made clear the present drug laws are not working. Holder said,
“It's clear - as we come together today - that too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason. It's clear, at a basic level, that 20th-century criminal justice solutions are not adequate to overcome our 21st-century challenges,” Holder told the annual meeting of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates in San Francisco. “And it is well past time to implement common sense changes that will foster safer communities from coast to coast.”
“This means that federal prosecutors cannot - and should not - bring every case or charge every defendant who stands accused of violating federal law,” he said. “Some issues are best handled at the state or local level.”
NBC also said, “Holder argued the policy shift reflected a “pragmatic” approach that he and President Barack Obama is needed in its enforcement of drug laws. He said that the widespread incarceration that results from mandatory minimum sentencing cost the U.S. $80 billion in 2010 alone.
Holder’s goal is not to fix the problem but pass it on to the states. Arguing they should enforce Federal laws. The present mood and trend in the states is making clear that is not going to happen. With twenty states having Medical Marijuana laws and two states having legalized the use of Marijuana completely the tide is turning against Federal incompetence. Four states have legislation pending and twelve states have voted on legalization. While they may have defeated legalization temporarily the issue may be bought up again. If all those states passed the bill they would only be one state away from having enough to make an amendment and actually fix the problem with America’s drug laws.
In 1970 President Nixon ordered a review of drug laws and amendments under Part F of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970. The Commissioner for the study Raymond P. Shafer stated,
“The criminal law is too harsh a tool to apply to personal possession even in the effort to discourage use. It implies an overwhelming indictment of the behavior which we believe is not appropriate. The actual and potential harm of use of the drug is not great enough to justify intrusion by the criminal law into private behavior, a step which our society takes only with the greatest reluctance.”
If that was the conclusion of the study how did we get to where we are at today? Everything that has been done seems to go against the common sense decision made by that Commission.
The recent program on CNN by Dr. Sanjay Gupta says we might want to review our whole drug law program. Holder’s view of shifting responsibility is not the answer. The answer is in reviewing the entire law and changing it to do what it was originally designed to do. Not to ban drugs, but to get rid of snake oils and the ones who provided them. Once the laws are changed the government stands to gain a lot of ground. Jobs would be created in manufacturing/growing, licensing, taxing, administering, not to mention the spin off industries like bio fuels, rope, materials and paper for a few. These jobs are badly needed and is time for the government to get off its collective A__ and do something to fix the problem.